Respected Trusts Lawyers in Toronto

Trusts are advisable for many individuals, for a wide variety of reasons. Whether a client is looking to determine long-term control over complex assets, arrange for the care of vulnerable family members in the event of the caregiver’s death or incapacity, reduce income tax liabilities, or minimize or avoid probate fees, trusts can be of great value. As a result, the establishment of trusts is often an important part of the estate planning process.

At Mills & Mills LLP, we review all planning options with our clients, and will advise when the establishment of a trust would be the most effective way to ensure that their interests are protected. Our team of professionals draws upon over 130 years of our firm’s experience in preparing legally enforceable trusts that will withstand judicial scrutiny if challenged in court. Owing to the fact that many of our clients come to us for a variety of their legal needs, we are very familiar with their business holdings as well as their financial and personal situations. As such, we are in a unique position to help establish the right trusts for their circumstances.

Our trusts lawyers are knowledgeable in designing a wide range of trust solutions, including:

  • Inter vivos and testamentary trusts
  • Family trusts
  • Spousal trusts
  • Alter-ego trusts
  • Henson trusts
  • Insurance trusts
  • Pet trusts
  • Cottage trusts
  • Education trusts
  • Special needs or disability trusts for family members who may need special lifelong assistance, such as minor or adult children who are unable to provide for their own care
  • Other special purpose trusts

As always, our lawyers work to design solutions so as to minimize any chance of ambiguity or litigation. If it becomes necessary, we also have the litigation experience and skill to defend the integrity of our clients’ trusts in Ontario courts, should they be challenged.

Administration and Variation of Trusts

In addition to drafting trusts for our clients, our lawyers can also assist with the long-term administration of trusts. Circumstances that were considered at the outset of a trust can change over time so that it becomes necessary to vary the terms of a trust. In these circumstances, our lawyers can handle this process, up to and including bringing an application in court if necessary.

Contact the Estate Lawyers at Mills & Mills LLP

If you have estate needs that may require a trust and would like the benefit of our experience and advice, call us at 416­-863-0125 or send us an email.

Trusts Lawyers

  • David A.S. Mills

    David A.S. Mills

    Managing Partner

    David is proud to represent the fourth generation of Mills to practice at the firm. He is a great-grandson of Alexander Mills, K.C., one of the founders, grandson of Ralph S. Mills, Q.C., and a son of...

    416-682-7138 | Email
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  • Geoffrey R. Cobham

    Geoffrey R. Cobham

    Partner

    Geoffrey's practice primarily encompasses civil litigation, employment law, estate administration and estate planning. His litigation practice is comprised of several areas, including wrongful dismis...

    416-682-7109 | Email
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  • David P. Lees

    David P. Lees

    Partner

    David served his articles with Mills & Mills LLP and joined the firm in 2001. David has a diverse civil litigation practice which encompasses employment and business law, estate litigation and adv...

    416-682-7159 | Email
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  • J. Paul Mills, Q.C.

    J. Paul Mills, Q.C.

    Partner

    Paul's practice is focused on assisting Estate Trustees with the administration of Estates and acting as Estate Trustee. Paul represents the third generation of lawyers in the Mills family at the f...

    416-682-7110 | Email
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  • Paul J. Westlake

    Paul J. Westlake

    Partner

    Paul served his articles with Mills & Mills and joined the firm in 1975. He became a partner in 1981. Paul advises business clients on all aspects of their operations including incorporations, acquisi...

    416-682-7118 | Email
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  • Gordon A. Ullman

    Gordon A. Ullman

    Counsel

    Gordon received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and then obtained his Bachelor of Law from the University of Western Ontario. He was called to the Ontario. Bar in 1984. Gordon practic...

    416-682-7078 | Email
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  • Dave Johnston

    Dave Johnston

    Associate

    Dave helps his clients by working with them to develop an estate plan tailored to their needs. His practice is devoted to protecting client's estates now, and ensuring their wishes for their loved one...

    416-682-7064 | Email
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  • Meghan O’Neil

    Meghan O’Neil

    Associate

    Meghan O’Neil joined Mills & Mills in 2016. Meghan graduated with honours from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law in 2014. Prior to obtaining her law degree, Meghan graduated with a Graduat...

    416-682-7058 | Email
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  • R. Browning Watt, Q.C.

    R. Browning Watt, Q.C.

    In Association

    R. Browning (Roly) has been working in association with Mills & Mills LLP since 2004. In this capacity, Roly works closely with many members of the firm in the areas of estate planning and administrat...

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  • Serena Wolfond

    Serena Wolfond

    Associate

    Serena is a member of the firm’s Estates Group where she advises clients on all aspects of 416-682-7052 | Email
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