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

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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 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 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 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.

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Lawyers

Sareh EbrahimiSareh Lua Ebrahimi Associate Lawyer
(416) 355-3274 sareh@welpartners.com
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Lua is an Associate Lawyer at WEL Partners. She joined the firm as an Articling Student in February of 2019 and was called to the Ontario Bar in January 2020. Lua received her LLB in 2009 from Nelson Mandela University in South Africa and practiced in Johannesburg with a focus on estate planning and litigation. She is currently working toward receiving the TEP designation through the STEP Assessment by Exam. View profile

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Bryan GilmartinBryan Gilmartin Associate Lawyer
(416) 355-3256 bryan@welpartners.com
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Bryan is an Associate 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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John E. S. PoyserJohn E. S. Poyser Senior Litigation Lawyer
(416) 355-3264 john@welpartners.com
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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
(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. View 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. View profile

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Law Clerks

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. View 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. View 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. View profile

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Clerks

WEL PartnersLisa Geer Clerk
(416) 355-3653 lisa@welpartners.com
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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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WEL PartnersRita McHorgh Clerk
(416) 355-3271 rita@welpartners.com
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Rita has been working with WEL Partners since 2015 in the capacity of Clerk. 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. View profile

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Office Management

Shanon Hill, WEL PartnersShannon Hill Office Manager
(416) 355-3651 shannon@welpartners.com
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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
(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. 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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