Eric N. Hoffstein

Partner and Tax, Wills & Estates Department Co-Chair
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Eric practices corporate and commercial litigation and dispute resolution with a special focus on trust, estate and charity/not-for-profit law. Eric also has extensive experience in construction litigation and real property disputes.

Eric also mediates commercial and estate/trust/capacity disputes, helping the parties find a mutually beneficial resolution.  The parties, and their lawyers, appreciate Eric’s ability to understand what is truly important to each person and help them develop solutions which allow them to move on, leaving the litigation behind them.

Eric has appeared as counsel at all levels of Ontario courts and at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Eric regularly appears before the Toronto Estates List. His broad experience in trust and estate disputes includes passing of accounts, will challenges, guardianships, dependant relief applications, interpretations, variations, rectifications, and related proceedings.

Eric’s experience in construction, real property and commercial leasing disputes includes construction lien and trust claims, professional negligence, product liability, mining, land rights, boundary and mortgage enforcement proceedings.

As a corporate commercial litigator, Eric has helped clients with fraud investigation and recovery, shareholder disputes, oppression remedies, debt collection, foreign judgement enforcement and risk management advice for private companies.

Education & Memberships


Called to the Ontario Bar, 2001
University of Windsor, LL.B. 1999
McGill University, Bachelor of Science, 1996


Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) – Canada
Executive Member of the STEP Toronto Board, member of the STEP Inside Editorial Committee
STEP Toronto branch, Executive Committee Member and Secretary
Estate Planning Council of Toronto
Canadian Association of Gift Planners
The Advocates' Society
Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
American Bar Association, Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law

Vice-Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, under the Litigation, Ethics and Malpractice Group

OBA, Trusts & Estates Law Section, former Executive Committee Member
Canadian Bar Association
Canadian Owners and Pilots Association

Awards and Recognition

The Best Lawyers™ in Canada

Trusts and Estates Law

Charities / Non-Profit Law

Construction Law

Corporate and Commercial Litigation

The Canadian Lexpert® Directory

Most Frequently Recommended, Estate & Personal Tax Planning and Estate Litigation

Professional Designations

Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP)