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

WEL Partners

WEL Team

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Founding Partner

Kimberly A. WhaleyKimberly A. Whaley Founding Partner
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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 also mediates estate, trust and related matters.

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. View profile

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Partners

Daniel M. PapernyDaniel M. Paperny Partner
(416) 355-3270 Email Daniel
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Daniel is a Partner at WEL Partners. 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. View profile

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Matthew RendelyMatthew Rendely Partner
(416) 355-3258 Email Matthew
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Matthew Rendely is a Partner at WEL Partners, where he practises exclusively in the areas of wills, estates, trusts, powers of attorney, guardianship, and capacity related litigation. Since being called to the Ontario Bar in 2015, Matthew has worked on matters at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Matthew is a passionate advocate for his clients for whom he receives exceptional results. View profile

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Lawyers

Rebecca BetelRebecca Betel Lawyer
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Rebecca joined WEL Partners as a Lawyer in October of 2021. Prior to joining WEL Partners, Rebecca articled at a full-service law firm in downtown Toronto where she gained extensive experience in wills, trusts, estates and litigation. Rebecca obtained her B.A. from York University in 2012, her M.A. from the University of Ottawa in 2016 and her J.D. from Western University in 2019. Rebecca was called to the Ontario Bar in June of 2020. View profile

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Bryan GilmartinBryan Gilmartin Lawyer
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Bryan is a Lawyer at WEL Partners. Bryan received his call to the Ontario Bar in June 2020. He first joined WEL Partners as a summer student in 2018 and completed his articles at WEL in 2019/20. Bryan completed the Dual J.D. program at the University of Windsor and the University of Detroit Mercy. Prior to law school, he obtained his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto with honours. View profile

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Nima HojjatiNima Hojjati Lawyer
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Nima is a lawyer at WEL Partners where he practices in all areas of estates litigation. Nima completed his Juris Doctor at Queen’s University and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2018. Prior to joining WEL Partners in 2022, Nima practiced at a litigation boutique where he gained extensive experience in professional liability, appellate litigation, and mental health law. As a member of Legal Aid Ontario’s mental health panel, Nima appeared regularly before the Consent and Capacity Board. Since 2018, Nima has been the Chair of the Law Society of Ontario’s Equity Advisory Group. He is also a member of the Mental Health Legal Committee and The Action Group on Access to Justice. Nima is fluent in French and Farsi.

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John E. S. PoyserJohn E. S. Poyser Senior Litigation Lawyer
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John Poyser is a Senior Litigation 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. View profile

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Laya WittyLaya Witty Lawyer
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Laya joined WEL Partners as a Lawyer in January of 2022. Laya completed her Juris Doctor at Osgoode Hall in 2011 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2012. Prior to joining WEL Partners, Laya practiced at several different litigation boutique firms in Toronto, gaining extensive experience in civil litigation. Throughout her career, Laya has been advocating for people with disabilities. She has appeared in Ontario Superior Court and at various tribunals in the province. View profile

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Firm Counsel

Mark HandelmanMark Handelman Firm Counsel
(416) 355-3254 Email Mark
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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. View profile

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Albert H. Oosterhoff Firm Counsel
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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. View profile

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Law Clerks

Birute Lyons Law Clerk
(416) 355-3259 Email Birute
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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. View profile

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WEL PartnersBibi Minoo Estate Clerk
(416) 355-3251 Email Bibi
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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. View profile

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Tracey PhinnemoreTracey Phinnemore Law Clerk
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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. View profile

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Office Management

Danielle BrooksDanielle Brooks Office Manager
(416) 355-3651 Email Danielle
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Danielle joined WEL Partners in 2022. She graduated with honours from the Law Clerk diploma program at Centennial College in 2007 and completed the Paralegal Program at George Brown College in 2014. She received her P1 Paralegal Licence from the Law Society of Ontario in 2015. Danielle’s previous experience includes working in bookkeeping and office administration for private businesses and as a legal and law clerk for law firms before assuming the role of office manager at her previous firm.

Danielle as our Office Manage oversees the daily operations within the office, and is responsible for administrative and accounting functions for our firm.

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Christin CraigChristin Craig Client Relations Coordinator
(416) 355-3253 Email Christin
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Christin has joined WEL Partners upon graduating with Honours from the Law Clerk Program at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology. Christin brings her experience working at Intake and Reception for Legal Aid Ontario. She is our first point of contact for new client related inquiries.

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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 2019. Charlie will oversee all things puppy.

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