Craig R. Vander Zee

Craig R. Vander Zee

Torkin Manes LLP

Recognized since 2009

Toronto, Ontario

Practice Areas

Trusts and Estates

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Craig is a partner in our Trusts & Estates and Litigation Groups and is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Estates and Trusts Law. His practice includes all aspects of estate, trust, capacity, fiduciary and power of attorney disputes and litigation for clients consisting of individuals, trust companies, government agencies and other organizations. Craig provides counsel on, amongst other things, the rights and obligations of estate trustees, estate trustees during litigation, trustees, attorneys for property or care, and guardians, and the rights and entitlements of beneficiaries. His extensive experience includes matters involving powers of attorney, estate administration, probate applications, passing of accounts, the appointment or removal of estate trustees, trustees or guardians, the validity or interpretation of wills, capacity, undue influence, guardianship, estate or trust claims, breaches of trust, claims against an estate including dependant support claims, minors and the incapable. Craig is also an Estate Mediator. In 2010-2011, Craig was the Chair of the Trusts and Estates Section of the Ontario Bar Association. He was also a member of the Advisory Group for the Law Commission of Ontario Project on the Law as it Affects Older Adults. Craig has represented clients before all levels of Court in Ontario, the Federal Court of Canada, the trial and appellate Courts of Alberta and various tribunals and boards.


  • 151 Yonge Street, Suite 1500
    Toronto, ON M5C 2W7

Bar Admissions

  • Ontario, 1994
  • Ontario, 1994
  • Ontario, Certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Estates and Trusts Law
  • Ontario, Certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Estates and Trusts Law


  • Estate Planning Council of Toronto - Member
  • Ontario Bar Association - Member
  • Ontario Bar Association - Trust and Estates Section, Chair (in 2010-2011) - Member
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), Member of Executive, Toronto Branch - Member
  • The Advocates' Society - Member
  • Toronto Lawyers Association - Member

Torkin Manes LLP
Headquarters: Toronto, Ontario

31 The Best Lawyers in Canada awards

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2023 for work in:

  • Trusts and Estates


  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory - Estate and Tax Planning, Estate Litigation (2016)
  • Chosen by LawDay as one of the leading practitioners in Canada in the area of Estates and Trusts (2009)

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