Jane Martin – a member of the firm’s trusts and estates group – practices in all areas of estate and trust work, including estate planning, estate administration, estate and capacity law litigation and mediation.
Jane is a skilled mediator and uses her extensive training in this area to assist families in achieving out of court resolutions of intergenerational disputes, including capacity law issues, will challenges, support claims and elder law disputes.
Jane’s diverse practice encompasses:
- Facilitating difficult conversations for families related to estate planning, succession planning for family businesses, power of attorney and guardianship disputes, estate administration disputes;
- Drafting estate planning documents, including wills, continuing powers of attorney for property and powers of attorney for personal care;
- Power of attorney and guardianship questions and dispute resolution;
- End of life decision making;
- Navigating the complexities of blended families and intergenerational relationships;
- Protecting against – and finding remedies for – financial abuse or mismanagement;
- Administering estates;
- Advocacy in court proceedings;
- Neutral Estate Trustee and Estate Trustee During Litigation; and
- Mediation and settlement of estate, power of attorney, elder- services and age-related disputes.
Jane has a diverse professional background including working as special counsel at the Office of the Children’s Lawyer where she provided strategic legal advice to the children’s lawyer on complex trust and estate files.
Jane’s accomplishments and contributions to the Trusts and Estates community were recognized in 2018 when she was awarded the Hoffstein Book Prize by the Ontario Bar Association.
She is a past chair of the Ontario Bar Association Trusts and Estates Law section executive, and past secretary of the Elder Law section executive. A volunteer of Pro Bono Students of Canada, Wills Project, since 2011, Jane trains and supervises law students in the preparation of wills and powers of attorney for low income and marginalized Torontonians. She has acted as Chair of community legal clinic board of directors, a board member for a community housing project, a fundraising committee member for Casey House HIV/AIDS hospice and as a volunteer mentor for law students and newly-called lawyers.
When not at her desk, Jane can be found clambering around remote arctic regions with her camera gear in tow, pursuing her passion for landscape and wildlife photography.
Jane regularly speaks and writes on a variety of estate and trust issues. See Articles & Speeches for a list of her recent articles and speaking engagements.