Laura provides passionate and dedicated representation for clients who find themselves faced with death, financial vulnerability, or capacity concerns. These issues often arise suddenly and can turn lives upside down. In such circumstances, Laura’s clients appreciate her ability to clearly explain the intricacies of the law and their options, and to tenaciously pursue the outcome that best meets their individual circumstances.
Laura first became interested in estates law while clerking at the Ontario Superior Court in Toronto, where she worked on a variety of estates matters, from routine probate applications to more complex disputes. Since her call to the bar in 2015, Laura has practiced exclusively in the area of estates, trusts and capacity litigation, and has represented clients before the Ontario Superior Court and at mediation. She also has a particular understanding of the legal issues that intersect the areas of family and estates law, having worked at a leading family law firm during law school, and volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada’s Family Law Project, drafting pleadings for clients appearing in the Ontario Court of Justice.
Laura is a new parent, and when not at work she is often at the park. She also enjoys cycling, and sampling local craft beer.
JD, University of Toronto, 2014
Called to the Ontario Bar, June 2015
Ontario Bar Association, Trusts and Estates section
Canadian Bar Association, Elder Law section
Canadian Bar Association End of Life Working Group
Toronto Lawyers’ Association
Author, “Accounting Caution: When Looking Back on the Attorneyship,” STEP Toronto Connection, September 2016
Co-author, “Joint Accounts,” in Key Developments in Estates and Trusts Law in Ontario, 2015-2016 Edition, Melanie Yach, editor
Co-presenter, “Physician Assisted Suicide: Implications of Carter, One Year Later,” 11th Annual NICE [National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly] Knowledge Exchange, May 26, 2016
Co-presenter, “Capacity and the Predatory Marriage”, Toronto Police Seminar, May 12, 2016
Co-presenter, “When is it Legal to Die in Canada?” Estate Planning Council, April 5, 2016
Co-author, “Tips for Scheduling Chambers Appointments in Civil Proceedings,” JUST Magazine, March 14, 2016)
Author, “Senior Abuse: What Can Ontario Learn from Other Provinces?” Canadian Bar Association Elder Law Enews, January 22, 2016
Co-author, The Law of Adjournments: A Manual on Postponement, published by LexisNexis Canada, 2016
Author, “Nunc Pro Tunc: The Court’s Power to Bend Time,” Deadbeat: Ontario Bar Association Trust and Estates Section Newsletter, October 19, 2015
Associate Editor, Ontario Family Law Reporter, September 2015 to December 2016