Elise M. Pulver

Partner Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 2003

Through comprehensive wealth management and estate planning advice, Elise delivers a level of certainty and stability on which her clients can rely.

She works diligently to earn their trust and protect their hard-earned assets. Elise has an engaging personality, and enjoys working closely with clients throughout the planning process to ensure an optimal level of understanding and comfort about their futures.

She prides herself on thoughtfully advising her clients, holding their hands through some of life’s most important decisions.  As a member of the firm's Tax Group, Estates & Trusts Group and Estates & Succession Planning Group, her practice focuses on estate, income tax and succession planning, including cross-border planning, planning to reduce estate administration tax (formerly known as probate fees), the preparation of wills, powers of attorney, trusts, and assisting with estate administration. 

Elise offers creative solutions for individuals, families and private companies with substantial wealth, as well as those just starting out. She enjoys the challenges of working with the “next generation” as they build their wealth and secure their future.  She also advises individuals and owner-managed businesses with strategies to reduce personal and corporate income tax and estate administration tax, including the preparation of multiple wills and trusts, such as inter vivos trusts (family, spousal, alter ego trust and forms of disability trusts), testamentary trusts, insurance trusts and housing/cottage trusts.

Elise frequently assists clients who are dual citizens or have an immediate family member, such as a spouse or child, who is a U.S. person. She works with the clients' U.S. tax advisors to develop tax and estate plans dealing with cross-border income and estate tax issues. Elise also works with U.S. advisors to establish trusts to hold U.S. vacation properties. 

Professional Involvement

Special Designations

  • Trust and Estate Practitioner designation (TEP)
  • Aird & Berlis LLP Prize for highest standing in First Year Contract Law
  • Davies, Ward & Beck Scholarship
  • Dean’s Honour List
  • Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP Award for highest standing in First Year Law
  • Granger Award in Family Law
  • McMillan Binch Scholarship for highest standing in First Year Law
  • McCarthy Tetrault Award presented by the teaching faculty for academic achievement
  • Stikeman Elliot/Carswell National Tax Award
  • University of Western Ontario Entrance Scholarship for Law 


  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP Canada)
  • Canadian/Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Tax Foundation
  • Past member, Professional Advisory Committee, Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto

Professional Activities

  • Steering Committee, Senior Estates & Trusts Practitioners Forum
  • Advisor, Law Society of Ontario's Coach and Advisor Network
  • Editorial Board, Estates, Trusts & Pensions Journal

Community Involvement

  • Past Secretary, Board of Directors and Past Member, Executive Committee of REENA 

Selected Speaking Engagements

Presenter, Cidel Asset Management Will and Estate Planning Workshop, January 2020.

Presenter, "Wills & Powers of Attorney", Ontario Bar Association Make a Will Month Public Seminars, November 2019.

Presenter, "Critical Cross-Border Considerations for U.S. - Canada Estate Planning," Ontario Bar Association, May 2019.

Presenter, "Many Reasons to Love Multiple Wills," Ontario Bar Association, September 2016.

Selected Publications

"RRSP and RRIF Planning: Rollover Opportunities and Risks for Blended Families," co-authored with Tyler Brent, Estates, Trusts & Pensions Journal, May 2020

"Cross-border Planning for Canadian Registered Retirement Plans," co-authored with David Byun, Ryan Murphy and Amy Walters, Estates, Trusts & Pensions Journal, March 2020

Philanthropy in Canada: New Rules and Opportunities,” co-authored with Rachel Blumenfeld, The International Comparative Legal Guide to Private Client 2018, Global Legal Group, January 2018


Publications Article Nov 21, 2018 An Update on Multiple Wills
Publications Article Feb 27, 2018 Highlights of the 2018 Federal Budget


  • LLB (Hons., with Distinction), University of Western Ontario, 2002
  • BA, University of Western Ontario, 1999