Mary’s estates and trusts practice focuses on estate planning (including business succession, estate freezes, creation of trusts), and the preparation of wills, insurance directions and trusts, powers of attorney for property and powers of attorney for personal care, medical directives, and the administration of the estate of deceased persons.
Mary’s corporate/commercial practice is focused on business acquisitions and dispositions, business relationships (including executive employment agreements, partnership agreements, and shareholders’ agreements), business financing (secured transactions), corporate re-organizations (including tax related transactions) and general business and commercial agreements.
Her two areas of expertise allow her to provide her high net worth entrepreneurial client base with an integrated solution to their business and personal planning issues.
Mary is also active in the legal community. She is a past instructor in Estate Planning at the Bar Admission Course, Law Society of Upper Canada, and is former Chair of the Statutory Review Committee, Executive of the Ontario Bar Association. In her latter role, Mary was instrumental in achieving an amendment to the Family Law Act by the Ontario legislature which eliminated the windfall on death associated with jointly held property in favour of a surviving spouse seeking equalization of Net Family Property. Mary also acts as a Mentor in the Ontario Bar Association’s Mentorship Program, providing guidance and mentoring new lawyers.
Mary volunteers as a supervising lawyer at Pro Bono Student Canada’s Wills Clinic, which provides estate planning legal services to low income clients. The Clinic delivers such services through the efforts of law students from Osgoode Hall Law School and from the University of Toronto Law School, under the supervision of volunteer lawyers. Mary is instrumental in both the training of law students and in supervising students. Mary is also a volunteer lawyer at the Wellspring Pro Bono Wills/Powers of Attorney Clinic which provides estate planning legal services to cancer patients who have little income and assets. Mary is a frequent speaker with the Ontario Bar Association, speaks regularly to community groups, is former Treasurer of the 344th Brownie Pack, and is co-founder of Smart Choices, a women’s information exchange and networking group.
Born in Israel in 1960, Mary relocated to Canada in 1967 with her family.
MARCH 24 2017
Mary Wahbi shares her perspective on how joint ownership to reduce probate with Advocate Daily
Although the estate administration tax has some lawyers and their clients focusing on probate fee reduction strategies including the transfer of assets to a joint owner, this can have negative results, Toronto wills and estates lawyer Mary Wahbi discusses with The Advocate Daily. Read her perspective on how joint ownership to reduce probate fee can prove problematic.
MARCH 17 2017
Pitfalls of reducing probate fees with joint ownership
Although probate of a deceased's will isn't mandatory, it is often required by financial institutions and government agencies as judicial confirmation that the will is valid and that the executor is authorized to act in the estate. Read more of Mary Wahbi's perspective in the Lawyers Weekly article: Pitfalls of Reducing Probate Fees with Joint Ownership.
FEBRUARY 06 2017
Wills and estates lawyer Mary Wahbi lands at Fogler, Rubinoff
AdvocateDaily.com profiled Mary Whabi and her move to Fogler, Rubinoff. Click here to read the profile piece.
- Osgoode Hall Law School, J.D., 1984
- Called to the Ontario Bar, 1986
- Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Certificate from the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor, 2000
Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP)
- Canadian Bar Association
- Ontario Bar Association
- Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
- Law Society of Upper Canada
- Estate Planning Council of Toronto
- Volunteer, Pro Bono Canada’s Wills Clinic
- Ontario Bar Association Mentorship Program
- Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation, Member of the Planned Giving Advisory Committee
- Volunteer, Wellspring Pro Bono Wills/Powers of Attorney Clinic