Blair L. Botsford

Partner
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  • Called to the Bar of Ontario, 1997
  • M.A., (Econ.), McMaster University, 1995
  • LL.B., University of Western Ontario, 1994
  • B.A., (Hons. Econ.), University of Waterloo, 1990
  • Certificate, Conflict Management , University of Windsor, 2019
Blair Botsford
 Overview

Plan well. Live well. Leave an Organized Estate. This is the vision Blair has carried through her 20+ years as a trust and estate lawyer. Blair believes that comprehensive estate planning provides value to clients, their families and businesses, by helping to minimize risk as well as unnecessary cost and conflict. The result is peace of mind for everyone so attention can be focussed on what matters most.

The illness or loss of a loved one can be a stressful time. Clients come to Blair for advice and services with respect to their executor, trustee or power of attorney roles that is practical, sensitive and tailored to their needs.

Blair’s trust and estate practice includes a wide range of advice and services related to:

  • Wills (single, multiple, mutual)
  • Trusts (inter vivos, testamentary, Henson, QDT, spousal/joint partner, alter ego, charitable, cottage, insurance)
  • Estate and business succession planning
  • Charitable gift planning and establishment of private foundations
  • Powers of attorney for property and care
  • Disability and advance care planning
  • Probate and estate administration
  • Trust and power of attorney administration
  • Guardianship applications (adult and minors)
  • Facilitation of multi-party estate and business succession planning meetings
  • Multi-jurisdictional trust and estate matters

Committed to helping people resolve Will, trust and estate disputes in an efficient and cost-effective manner, Blair also offers mediation services as part of her practice.

 Education
  • M.A., (Econ.), McMaster University, 1995
  • LL.B., University of Western Ontario, 1994
  • B.A., (Hons. Econ.), University of Waterloo, 1990
  • Certificate, Conflict Management , University of Windsor, 2019
 Practice Areas  Called to the Bar
  • Called to the Bar of Ontario, 1997
 Assistant  Experience
    • Regularly acts for individuals, business owners, professionals and executives with respect to complex estate planning and administration matters
    • Regularly advises executors, trustees, guardians and attorneys for property and care with respect to their duties and responsibilities
    • Regularly advises beneficiaries of trusts and estates with respect to their rights
    • Acts as agent for lawyers and law firms both in Canada and outside as well as advising lawyers and firms with respect to trust and estate matters

    • Previously practiced as a partner at two Canadian national law firms as well as practiced at a prominent international law firm based in Bermuda

    • Previously acted as outside counsel to a Canadian national financial institution with respect to conflict resolution in trust and estate matters

Recognition

 Speaking

Speaking

  • Speaker, Practice Gems: Administration of Estates 2019
  • "Mastering Difficult Conversations in Estates, Trusts and Business Succession", Stitt Feld Handy Group workshop, co-presenter and co-program developer, ongoing
  • "Mastering Difficult Conversations in Elder Care", Stitt Feld Handy Group workshop, co-presenter and co-program developer, ongoing
  • "Managing Critical Communications: Mastering Personalities and Situations", OBA, November 2017
  • "Lawyer best practices when having the advance care planning talk with clients", EPOWR, October 2016
  • "Estate and Business Succession Case Study", OBA Wills/Estates/Trusts Fundamentals, October 2016
  • "Meet the Schmidts: a disability planning case study", EPOWR, March 2016
  • "Estate Planning for Non-Traditional Families", OBA Summit
 Publications

Publications

  • Author, "Milne Estate: An Inconvenient Marriage of Legal Concepts", STEP Journal
  • "Will and Probate Planning" chapter in the Miller Thomson on Estate Planning reference series published by Carswell (editor and author until 2015)
 Memberships

Memberships

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
  • Ontario Bar Association (estates, tax and elder law sections)
  • Toronto and Halton Region Estate Planning Councils
  • Toronto and Halton Law Associations
 Community

Community

  • Co-founder and past co-chair of the Estate Practitioners of Waterloo Region professional discussion group (Waterloo Law Association)
  • Past executive member at the Waterloo-Wellington Estate Planning Council
  • Bar exam instructor and question developer, Law Society of Ontario, Wills and Estates
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