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WEL Partners

Our Team

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Kimberly A. WhaleyKimberly A. Whaley Founding Partner
(416) 355-3250 kim@welpartners.com
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Kimberly A. Whaley is the founder of the firm. Her practice focuses on advising, counselling, dispute resolution, litigation and mediation of estate, trust and capacity proceedings, power of attorney, guardianship matters and elder law.

Kimberly was designated as a Certified Specialist in Estates and Trusts Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2006. She has been peer rated and listed by The Best Lawyers in Canada in the speciality of Estates and Trusts annually since 2009. Kimberly was chosen by Lawday Leading Lawyers as one of the top 60 leading lawyers in Estates and Trusts. Read full profile

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Lionel J. Tupman is a Partner with WEL Partners. Lionel’s practice focuses on a broad range of estate and trust related litigation matters, including professional liability, breach of trust and administrative litigation with a particular focus on matters involving breaches of fiduciary obligations. Lionel frequently appears before the Divisional Court, the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice, and he possesses a broad range of advocacy skills as a result of his regular attendances in court. Lionel also has a unique knowledge of administrative judicial review procedure, and regularly represents clients in judicial review matters in Divisional Court. Read full profile

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John E. S. PoyserJohn E. S. Poyser Senior Lawyer
(416) 355-3264 john@welpartners.com
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John Poyser is a senior lawyer with WEL. He has been a lawyer since 1987 and, over the last twenty years, has limited his practice to matters arising out of gifts, wills, trusts and other wealth transfers. He obtained his Ontario call to the Bar in 2016. He is also licensed to practice in Alberta and Manitoba. His Ontario practice through WEL is limited to estate litigation. He challenges and defends the transfer of wealth by will, gift and trust, and provides consultations to lawyers from other firms who are pursuing legal action in those areas. Read full profile

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Arieh A. BloomArieh A. Bloom Associate Lawyer
(416) 355-3272 arieh@welpartners.com
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Arieh A. Bloom is an Associate Lawyer at WEL Partners. He practices exclusively in the areas of wills, estates, trust and capacity litigation. He represents beneficiaries, trustees, executors, powers of attorney, individuals found to be incapable of handling their own property or personal care, and their family members. Arieh is not just a lawyer but also a Certified Public Accountant who does not shy away from the numbers. He understands the complex nature of estate, trust and guardianship litigation and approaches the nuances with a financial lens. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Arieh practiced as an accountant at KPMG and worked through Law School at Sherfam Inc. as a Controller providing in depth financial analysis for large privately held investment corporations. Read full profile

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Andrea BuncicAndrea Buncic Associate Lawyer
(416) 355-3262 andrea@welpartners.com
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Andrea Buncic is an Associate Lawyer at WEL Partners. She practices exclusively in the areas of wills, estates, trust, fiduciary and capacity-related litigation. Andrea represents a wide variety of clients, including beneficiaries, trustees, executors, powers of attorney, individuals found incapable of managing their property or personal care, and concerned family members. Andrea obtained her JD from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, and has since obtained her Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) designation from the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). Read full profile

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Andrea McEwanAndrea McEwan Associate Lawyer
(416) 355-3260 amcewan@welpartners.com
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Andrea is an Associate Lawyer in the law firm of WEL Partners. Andrea’s practice is devoted to the areas of estates and trusts litigation and capacity litigation. Andrea practiced commercial litigation with a litigation and insolvency boutique in Toronto and has also practiced criminal defence law. Andrea obtained her LLB from the University of Western Ontario and obtained her Masters degree in psychology from the University of Alberta. Read full profile

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Amanda BettencourtAmanda Bettencourt Associate Lawyer
(416) 355-3278 amanda@welpartners.com
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Amanda is an Associate Lawyer in the law firm of WEL Partners. Amanda's practice is devoted to the areas of estates and trusts litigation and capacity litigation. Prior to joining WEL Partners, Amanda articled at the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee, where she gained experience in estates, family law, and civil litigation. She successfully represented clients in court proceedings and before various administrative tribunals. Read full profile

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Dylan CrosbyDylan J. M. Crosby Associate Lawyer
(416) 355-3270 dylan@welpartners.com
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Dylan is an Associate Lawyer in the law firm of WEL Partners. Dylan's practice is devoted to the areas of estates and trusts litigation and capacity litigation. Prior to joining WEL Partners, Dylan practiced commercial, insurance and personal injury litigation at two prominent civil litigation firms in Toronto. He has experience assisting with jury and non-jury trials as well as appeals. Read full profile

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Lionel J TupmanMark Handelman Firm Counsel
(416) 355-3254 mark@welpartners.com
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Mark Handelman, Firm Counsel, was called to the Ontario Bar in 1978. Until 2001, he practised law in London, Ontario, including civil litigation, criminal defence and prosecution. He was one of Ontario's first members of the Official Guardian Child Representation Program. Mark was appointed to the Consent & Capacity Board in 1998 and became a Vice Chair and Senior Lawyer Member in 2000. Read full profile

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Albert H. Oosterhoff Firm Counsel
(416) 355-3266 albert@welpartners.com
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Albert Oosterhoff, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Law at the Western University, Firm Counsel, has taught at: the University of Windsor and Western University in the areas of Wills, Trusts, and Property Law. He taught Trusts for a number of years as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto. He also held positions as Associate and Acting Dean at Western. Professor Oosterhoff has been in private practice and has written numerous articles, comments and books in the areas of Wills, Estates, Trusts, and Property Law. Read full profile

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Debra L. StephensDebra L. Stephens Firm Counsel
(416) 355-3279 dstephens@welpartners.com
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Debra Stephens is Counsel to WEL Partners and practices exclusively in the following areas: Passing of Accounts, Guardianship, Fiduciary appointments and representation, Estate administration and Mediation. Debra Stephens was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1982. Her practice initially focused on family, estate, trust and guardianship issues. Since 1998 she has specialized in estate litigation, administration and planning. Read full profile

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Birute Lyons Law Clerk
(416) 355-3259 birute@welpartners.com
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Birute Lyons has over twenty-five years of experience in the legal profession as a law clerk administering estates, preparing/managing power of attorney and estate accounts, and providing cost-effective and personalized paralegal services. Read full profile

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Nancy Patrick Law Clerk
(416) 355-3261 nancy@welpartners.com
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Nancy Patrick joined WEL Partners in October 2016 as a Law Clerk. Nancy has over twenty-five years of experience in the legal profession as a law clerk administering estates, preparing/managing power of attorney, estate and trust accounts, court passing of accounts, auditing executor accounts on behalf of beneficiaries and providing cost-effective and personalized paralegal services. Read full profile

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Bibi Minoo Estate Clerk
(416) 355-3251 bibi@welpartners.com
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Bibi has been working with Kimberly Whaley since 2002 in the capacity of Estates Clerk and Administrative Assistant. Bibi earned her stripes working for the Ministry of the Attorney General for over 13 years. Read full profile

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Rita McHorgh Legal Assistant
(416) 355-3271 rita@welpartners.com
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Rita has been working with WEL Partners since 2015 in the capacity of Legal Assistant. She has worked in the legal field since 1975 in real estate, civil litigation, and family law working with law firms in Windsor, Etobicoke and Toronto. Read full profile

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Chris Hryhoruk Legal Assistant
(416) 355-3257 chris@welpartners.com
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Chris has been working with WEL Partners since 2015 in the role of Legal Assistant. Chris has over 20 years’ experience in the legal profession working as both a Legal Assistant and Law Clerk primarily in the areas of commercial litigation, personal injury and insurance defence. Read full profile

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Jacqueline Armstrong Legal Assistant
(416) 355-3255 jacqueline@welpartners.com
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Jacqueline has been working with WEL Partners since 2016 in the capacity of Legal Assistant. She has worked in the legal field since 1997 primarily in the areas of estate litigation, civil litigation, medical defence, insurance defence and family law. Read full profile

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Shannon Hill Legal Assistant
(416) 355-3651 shannon@welpartners.com
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Shannon joined WEL Partners in 2017 in the capacity of Legal Assistant. She graduated with high honours from the accelerated Law Clerk diploma program at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology in 2016. Shannon’s previous experience was working for in-house counsel in a corporate environment. Read full profile

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Andrea Hogan Legal Assistant
(416) 355-3653 ahogan@welpartners.com
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Andrea has been working with WEL Partners since 2017 in the role of Legal Assistant. Andrea has over 25 years’ experience in the legal profession as both a Legal Assistant and Law Clerk, with 15 years at major Toronto law firms, working primarily in commercial litigation, including estate litigation. She is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario. Read full profile

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Deborah Stade Office Manager
(416) 355-3252 deborah@welpartners.com
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Deb is our office manager. She oversees all non-legal services provided within the office, and is responsible for the management of operations for the Firm. Read full profile

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Celine Byer Office Supervisor
(416) 355-3253 celine@welpartners.com
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Celine is our Office Supervisor, and has been with WEL Partners since 2014 as a member of our administrative and accounting team. Celine plays an important role in the daily operations and smooth function of our firm. She works closely with our office manager to ensure firm needs are met. Read full profile

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