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
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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
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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. He is a passionate advocate for his clients. Matthew joined WEL Partners in June 2018. 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. View profile

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Lawyers

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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Paul MurphyPaul M. Murphy Lawyer
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Paul is a Lawyer at WEL Partners. Paul completed his Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Sydney. Prior to law school, he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Western University. Paul was called to the Ontario Bar in 2012. Paul is an experienced litigator whose practice focuses on estates, trusts and wills disputes. He has achieved success for his clients in contentious trusts and estates matters, and has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal. View profile

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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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Firm Counsel

Mark HandelmanMark Handelman Firm Counsel
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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
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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
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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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Clerks

WEL PartnersLisa Geer Clerk
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Lisa joined WEL Partners in 2019 as a Clerk. 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. View profile

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Rennie ShaikhRennie Shaikh Clerk
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Rennie joined WEL Partners in 2021 as a Clerk. Rennie graduated from Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology in 2003. She has over 20 years of experience as a Legal Assistant/Law Clerk, whose practice centered on civil litigation with particular emphasis on medical malpractice litigation, personal injury litigation, professional negligence litigation and insurance matters. View profile

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Office Management

Shanon Hill, WEL PartnersShannon Hill Office Manager
(416) 355-3651 Email Shannon
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Shannon is our Office Manager, and oversees the daily operations within the office, and is responsible for administrative and accounting functions for our firm. Shannon joined WEL Partners in 2017.View profile

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Blossom Pangowish, WEL PartnersBlossom Pangowish Office Coordinator
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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. View 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 2019. Charlie will oversee all things puppy.

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