45 St. Clair Ave. West, Suite 600
Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1K9
Tel: (416) 925-7400 Fax: (416) 925-7464

WEL Partners

WEL Team

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Founding Partner

Kimberly A. WhaleyKimberly A. Whaley Founding Partner
(416) 355-3250 kim@welpartners.com
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Kimberly is the Founding Partner at WEL PARTNERS. She practices in the areas of Estate, Trusts, Fiduciary Litigation including Power of Attorney Disputes, Guardianship, Claims for Support, and Elder Law.

Kimberly is designated as a Certified Specialist in Estates and Trusts Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada and is recognized as a leading practitioner by Chambers, Lexpert, Lawday, Best Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell and Canadian Lawyer. Kimberly has held various board and executive positions with the OBA and CBA and is Past Chair of the CBA Elder Law Section and Chair of the OBA Elder Law Section. Kimberly is a frequent lecturer and has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, Queens University and Western University. Read full profile

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Lawyers

Michael J. MarraMichael J. Marra Associate Lawyer
(416) 355-3652 mmarra@welpartners.com
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Mike is an Associate Lawyer at WEL Partners. He brings thirty seven years of court room and negotiation experience to the firm. Mike provided ongoing advisory and mentoring services to WEL Partners in 2017 and is excited to rejoin the firm on a full-time basis and bring his experience to the estate litigation and elder law field. Read full profile

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Daniel M. PapernyDaniel M. Paperny Associate Lawyer
(416) 355-3270 daniel@welpartners.com
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Daniel joined WEL Partners as an Associate lawyer in September of 2018. Prior to joining WEL Partners, Daniel practised estate litigation at a large law firm in downtown Vancouver, BC where his practice focused on estate litigation, commercial litigation and insurance litigation. Daniel has appeared at the BC Supreme Court, the BC Court of Appeal and the BC Provincial Court. Read full profile

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Marian PassmoreMarian Passmore Associate Lawyer
(416) 355-3262 marian@welpartners.com
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Marian joined WEL Partners as an Associate Lawyer in January of 2019. Prior to joining WEL Partners, Marian worked for almost ten years in the not-for-profit sector advocating on behalf of financial consumers. Read full profile

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John E. S. PoyserJohn E. S. Poyser Associate 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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Matthew RendelyMatthew Rendely Associate Lawyer
(416) 355-3258 matthew@welpartners.com
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Matthew is an Associate lawyer at WEL Partners. Matthew received his Bachelor of Arts with an Honours and Specialization in History at the University of Western Ontario. He then travelled to Australia, where he obtained his law degree with honours at Bond University. Matthew was called to the Ontario Bar in 2015. Read full profile

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Alexander J SwabukAlexander J. Swabuk Associate Lawyer
(416) 355-3654 aswabuk@welpartners.com
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Alexander is an Associate Lawyer in the law firm of WEL Partners. Alexander's practice is devoted to the areas of estates and trusts litigation and capacity litigation. Alexander graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and then obtained his J.D. from the University of Windsor. Read full profile

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Firm Counsel

Mark HandelmanMark 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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Articling Students

WEL PartnersSareh Ebrahimi Articling Student
(416) 355-3274 sareh@welpartners.com
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Sareh joined WEL Partners as an Articling Student in February of 2019. Prior to joining WEL Partners, Sareh practiced at a law firm in Johannesburg, South Africa. After completing her articling in civil and commercial litigation, Sareh assisted the firm in establishing the Estates Department where she focused on estate planning, winding up of estates and estates litigation. Read full profile

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Law Clerks

Lucy Goytisolo Law Clerk
(416) 355-3659 lucy@welpartners.com
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Lucy joined WEL Partners in 2017 as a Legal Assistant and Law Clerk. Lucy graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Arts, obtained a Translation Certificate (Spanish to English) from Glendon College and obtained the Associate Certificate from the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario. Before starting at WEL Partners, Lucy worked at another Toronto law firm for over 8 years where she gained experience in the areas of civil and estate litigation. Lucy is proficient in estate litigation, liasing with the court and preparing court materials. 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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WEL PartnersBibi 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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Tracey Phinnemore joined WEL Partners in September 2018 as a Law Clerk bringing over 25 years experience as a law clerk specializing in estates, trusts and tax. Read full profile

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Legal Assistants

WEL PartnersLisa Geer Legal Assistant
(416) 355-3653 lisa@welpartners.com
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Lisa joined WEL Partners in 2019 as a Legal Assistant. She has over ten years of experience in various areas of law including Family Law, Wills and Estates, Civil and Criminal with law firms in Ontario and Alberta. Read full profile

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WEL PartnersRita 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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WEL PartnersFrancesca Spagnuolo Legal Assistant
(416) 355-3655 francesca@welpartners.com
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Francesca joined WEL Partners in 2019 as a Legal Assistant. Francesca has over five years’ experience as a Law Clerk and Legal Assistant in the areas of civil litigation, personal injury, and administrative law. She graduated from Humber College with a Law Clerk diploma and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario. Read full profile

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Office Management

Shanon Hill, WEL PartnersShannon Hill Office Services Manager
(416) 355-3651 shannon@welpartners.com
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Shannon is our Office Services Manager and is a member of our administrative and accounting team. Shannon 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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Dana Hogan, WEL PartnersDana Hogan Reception & Client Intake
(416) 355-3253 dana@welpartners.com
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Dana is our receptionist and responsible for client intake. Dana has been with WEL Partners since 2018 as a member of our administrative and accounting team. Dana plays an important role in our client coordination and the smooth functioning of our firm. She works closely with our office services manager to ensure firm needs are met. Read full profile

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Blossom Pangowish, WEL PartnersBlossom Pangowish Office Coordinator
(416) 355-3273 blossom@welpartners.com
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Blossom is our Office Coordinator and is a member of our administrative team. Blossom plays an important role in the daily operations and smooth function of our firm. She works closely with our office services manager to ensure firm needs are met. Read full profile

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WEL PartnersDeborah 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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Charlie, WEL PartnersCharlie, Office Puppy

Charlie is the newest addition to WEL. An Australian Labradoodle, Charlie joined the firm in October. Charlie will oversee all things puppy.

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