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Whaley Estate Litigation Partners
45 St. Clair Avenue West, Suite 600
Toronto, ON M4V 1K9

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Whaley Estate Litigation Partners (WEL Partners) is a Toronto based Trusts & Estates Litigation boutique practicing exclusively in estate related matters.

WEL advises Estate Trustees, Trustees, Attorneys, Guardians and Fiduciaries on their duties and obligations arising both at common law and legislatively.WEL focuses on opinions, dispute resolution, litigation and mediation of estate, trust and related matters including related issues of undue influence, decisional capacity, fraud, forgery, suspicious circumstances and technical breaches respecting testamentary instruments.WEL advises on wills, estates, trusts, gifts, powers of attorney, guardianship, on financial abuse, predatory marriage, elder abuse, end-of-life treatment decisions, medical assistance in dying, and elder law. A full list of specialized areas follows below.

WEL has been consistently ranked nationally as one of the Top 5 Wills, Trusts and Estates Boutiques in Canada by Canadian Lawyer Magazine.

Kimberly Whaley mediates disputes both within or outside litigation proceedings.

WEL provides litigation, mediation and dispute resolution to clients throughout Ontario:

  • Will, Estate, Trust Disputes
  • Advising Fiduciaries
  • Dependant Support Claims
  • Passing of Estate, Trustee, Attorney, Guardian and Fiduciary Accounts
  • Capacity Proceedings
  • Guardianships
  • Power of Attorney Disputes
  • Consent & Capacity Board
  • End-of-Life & Treatment Decisions
  • Medical Assistance in Dying
  • Elder Law
  • Elder Financial Abuse
  • Solicitor's Negligence
  • Representation of Persons Under Disability
  • Probate Applications
  • Mediation
  • Opinions
  • Agency Services
  • Approval Motions Under Rule 7


Kimberly A. Whaley, CS, TEP, LLM, Founding Partner

Kimberly A. Whaley practices in the areas of Estate, Trusts, Fiduciary Litigation including Power of Attorney Disputes, Guardianship, Claims for Support, and Elder Law.   Kimberly is designated as a Certified Specialist in Estates and Trusts Law by the Law Society of Ontario and is recognized as a leading practitioner by Chambers, Lexpert, Lawday, Best Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell and Canadian Lawyer. Kimberly has held various executive positions with STEP, the OBA and CBA.  She is the immediate Past Chair of the CBA Elder Law Section and Chair of the OBA Elder Law Section.  Kimberly is a frequent lecturer and has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, Queen’s University and Western University. Kimberly regularly presents and chairs programs with the Law Society of Ontario, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Ontario Bar Association. Kimberly is an active leader in the community in her elder law initiatives serving as Civilian Co-chair on a Toronto Police Services Consultative Committee, and sits on the Ontario Securities Commission Seniors Expert Advisory Committee. Kimberly is also a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.



Kimberly A. Whaley
Founding Partner
Mark Handelman
Firm Counsel
Michael J. Marra
Associate Lawyer
Daniel M. Paperny
Associate Lawyer
Marian Passmore
Associate Lawyer
John E. S. Poyser
Senior Lawyer
Matthew Rendely
Associate Lawyer
Alexander J. Swabuk
Associate Lawyer
Bibi Minoo
Estates Clerk
Birute Lyons
Law Clerk


  • Canadian Lawyer Magazine Top 10 Wills, Trusts and Estates Boutiques in Canada
  • Lexpert Ranked, Kimberly A. Whaley
  • Top Ranked by Chambers Canada, Kimberly A. Whaley


Dana Hogan
Client Intake
Shannon Hill
Office Supervisor
(416) 355-3651

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  • Trusts and Estates

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