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Ed Esposto

Partner Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 1991

As an estate planning lawyer, Ed develops personal relationships with his clients and helps them to understand and manage their wealth. His trusted advice empowers his clients to make intelligent and informed decisions on their tax planning, estate planning and wealth transfer strategy. These clients depend on Ed’s judgment, knowing that he has the legal expertise and interpersonal skills to sort through the complexities of their decisions.

Ed is a member of the firm's Tax Group and Estates & Trusts Group. He has practised exclusively in the area of wealth management for almost 25 years and has extensive expertise in estate and trust planning, wills and powers of attorney and related tax planning.

Awards & Recognition

  • Recognized in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading practitioner in Estate & Personal Tax Planning
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada in the field of Trusts and Estates

Professional Involvement

Professional Activities 

  • Ontario Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section, Chair (2011-2012)

Memberships

  • Ontario Bar Association (Estates and Trusts Section) 
  • Canadian Tax Foundation
  • The Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)

Community Involvement

  • Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation, Investment Committee
  • Wellspring Cancer Support Network, Volunteer Estate Planner
  • The National Ballet of Canada, Endowment Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Queen’s University, Kingston University Counsel, Elected Member (2006-2012)

Teaching Engagements

  • Adjunct Professor, Law of Trusts, Osgoode Hall Law School (2012 – Present)
  • Instructor, Wills & Estates Practice Basics, The Law Society of Upper Canada (2014-2017)
  • Instructor, The Annotated Will, The Law Society of Upper Canada (2010-2016)

Selected Speaking Engagements

“Practitioners' Update: Trust & Estate Law,” Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners' 18th National Conference, June 2016.

“Wills and Estates Practice Basics,” The Law Society of Upper Canada, March 2016.

 “The Annotated Will 2016,” The Law Society of Upper Canada, February 2016.

Selected Publications

Author, "Testamentary Freedom in Canada," Trust Quarterly Review, STEP, Volume 15, Issue 3, 2017.

Author, "A Review of Significant Trust Law Cases During the Past Year," Canada Law Book, 2017.

"The Income Tax Act and Estate Planning: The Law of Unintended Consequences," co-authored with Robert Santia, Ontario Bar Association Annual Institute-Trusts and Estates Law Section, February 9, 2017.

Co-author, “Chapter 3: Qualifying Testamentary Spousal Trusts – Considerations and Pitfalls in Planning for Their Use and Administration,” Key Developments in Estates and Trusts Law in Ontario, Canada Law Book, August 2016.

Education

  • LLB, University of Western Ontario, 1989
  • BA, (Honours) History, Queen’s University, 1986
  • BA, Economics, Queen’s University, 1985