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Andrea McEwan

Partner Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 2007

Andrea is an experienced litigator who works closely with her clients to reduce the stress of estates and trusts litigation. Whether she is representing beneficiaries, trustees, executors, attorneys pursuant to powers of attorney, individuals found incapable of managing their property or personal care, or concerned family members, Andrea is committed to ensuring that her clients' interests are well represented.

Andrea is a member of the firm's Estates & Trusts Group. She practises exclusively in the areas of wills, estates, trust, fiduciary and capacity-related litigation. Her range of expertise includes: dependant support claims; capacity proceedings; passing of estate, trustee, attorney, guardian & fiduciary accounts; probate applications; guardianship issues; power of attorney disputes; end-of-life and treatment decisions; and matters of elder law. Andrea has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario, on an array of motions, trials, appeals, and applications, as well as before the Consent and Capacity Board.

Prior to joining Aird & Berlis, Andrea was in practice at a boutique trusts and estates litigation firm. Her previous experience also includes representing clients involved in various corporate and commercial disputes and serving as a criminal defence lawyer.

In the course of obtaining her master's degree in psychology, Andrea worked in the psychology department at a hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, where she helped organize support groups for persons living with cancer, including those dealing with end-of-life issues.

Andrea has a strong volunteer record in respect of social justice issues. She has served on not-for-profit boards and volunteered for several social justice organizations. Andrea interned at the World Health Organization, where she reviewed and commented on draft mental health legislation and policy for several developing countries. Andrea is an active volunteer with Pro Bono Law Ontario, volunteering in the Law Help Ontario office and as duty counsel in Civil Practice Court.

Andrea regularly speaks at educational seminars for other lawyers and estate professionals on capacity and guardianship related matters. Andrea has also spoken on topics relating to the legal profession and industry at continuing professional development programs and mentoring programs for articling, law and undergraduate students.

Awards & Recognition

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada in Trusts and Estates Law

Professional Involvement

Professional Activities

  • Member-at-Large, Ontario Bar Association Elder Law Executive
  • Civilian Co-Chair, Toronto Police Service Seniors Community Consultative Committee, Abuse of Older and Vulnerable Persons
  • Council Member, Ontario Bar Association (Toronto Region), 2012-2014

Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • The Law Society of Ontario
  • The Advocates’ Society

Teaching Engagements

  • Guest Lecturer, Elder Law Investigation Course, Toronto Police College

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer, Pro Bono Law Ontario
  • Co-Chair Education and Outreach Committee for the Young Professional Council, Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research, 2011-2013

Selected Speaking Engagements

"Proving a Will in Solemn Form," Ontario Bar Association, February 26, 2019

"Tackling Unsettled Issues in Trusts and Estates Law," Ontario Bar Association Institute, February 7, 2019

"Passing of Accounts Panel," Ontario Bar Association, December 12, 2018

"Predatory Marriages," Cambridge Family Law Forum, November 19, 2018

"What's Love Got to Do with It?: Cognitive Capacity in Relationships," Association of Law Officers of the Crown Conference, November 14, 2018

Insights

Publications Article Nov 21, 2018 An Update on Multiple Wills

Education

  • LLB (Dean's Honour List), University of Western Ontario, 2006 
  • MA, Psychology, University of Alberta, 2002
  • B.Sc., University of Wales, 1998