Timothy N. Sullivan

Timothy N. Sullivan
SullivanLaw
Principal
Civil Litigation, Employment & Labour, Estates & Wills & Trusts, Family, Personal Injury

Timothy N. Sullivan, principal with the Ottawa firm Sullivan Law, focuses on family law, civil litigation, personal actions, and wills and estates.

After graduating in political science from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1992 and a Master of Arts in 1997, Mr. Sullivan earned his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor in 2000. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 2002.

Mr. Sullivans family law practice includes marriage and cohabitation agreements, separation and parenting agreements, adoptions, as well as wills, estates and powers of attorney.

In civil law, he focuses on commercial litigation, estate litigation, personal injury claims, including slip-and-fall injuries, sexual assault and wrongful death, contract disputes, and employment-related matters.

His personal actions practice can include employment law and wrongful dismissal, slip-and-fall, sexual assault and historical sexual assault, wrongful death and estate litigation.

In addition, Mr. Sullivan advises his clients on estate and tax planning.

Mr. Sullivan has presented cases to the Ontario Divisional Court, the Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Justice, the Landlord and Tenant Tribunal, the Ontario Municipal Board, and the board of education.

He is a member of the Ontario Trial LawyersAssociation, the St. Thomas More LawyersGuild of Ottawa, and the County of Carleton Law Association.

Timothy N. Sullivan In The News
Regular client contact key to keeping wills updated

Having an up-to-date will can help individuals and their families avoid a host of problems down the road, but lawyers need to encourage clients to revise their estate plans ... Read more

Communication key to avoiding estate disputes among adult children

When parents haven’t had a serious conversation with their adult children about how their estate is to be divided when they die, this can add confusion to the grieving ... Read more

Lawyers play key role in helping common law spouses with wills

When it comes to drafting a will and estate plan, common law couples can bring unique challenges to the table, Ottawa family law and estate lawyer Timothy N. Sullivan writes in ... Read more

Ten things that happen if you die without a will in Ontario

By Timothy N. Sullivan If ‘making a will’ has been one of those things on your long-term to-do list but doesn’t seem to ever become a top priority, ... Read more

Communication with beneficiaries vital when preparing a will

Having an open discussion with family members, beneficiaries and intended executors is an important part of preparing an estate plan in order to minimize conflict, reduce expenses ... Read more

Is it a good idea to bring a friend to a lawyer’s appointment?

By Timothy N. Sullivan Sometimes, a client going through a separation or divorce will ask me – usually with some trepidation – if they can bring a friend or ... Read more

Independent legal advice and how it works

By Timothy N. Sullivan “I had a marriage contract drawn up by my lawyer. My lawyer said my fiancé needs to get independent legal advice before she signs it. ... Read more

Life insurance as security for child, spousal support not without flaws

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA)  ruling that allows a second wife and child to claim support from a deceased common-law husband’s life insurance policy raises ... Read more

Bonkalo recommendations fail to address broader issues: Sullivan

The  Family Legal Services Review  focuses too much on the expanded use of paralegals without considering other potential fixes to the system, says Ottawa family ... Read more

Ask a lawyer: do employees have to sign non-compete agreements?

By Timothy N. Sullivan Employees may be required to sign an employment contract as a term of employment. Typical employment agreements include the employee’s start ... Read more

Non-compliance with orders a major source of frustration

Non-compliance with court orders is one the most difficult — and frustrating — aspects of family law, says Ottawa family lawyer  Timothy N. Sullivan . ... Read more

Ask a lawyer: what happens when two executors can’t agree?

By Timothy N. Sullivan What are the rights and responsibilities of executors? “My cousin wants a car from the estate of our recently-deceased, not-wealthy uncle. ... Read more

Litigants funded by legal aid have little incentive to settle

A family court judge known for his strongly worded decisions is critiquing litigants who find little incentive to settle because they are funded by legal aid, says Ottawa family ... Read more

Ask a lawyer: when should I go to small claims court?

By Timothy N. Sullivan The Small Claims Court jurisdiction permits cases of a total amount value of $25,000 plus interest, plus costs. (This value was raised from $10,000 in ... Read more

What are my rights regarding ad hoc extra child support payments?

By Timothy N. Sullivan Special and extraordinary expenses for children “My ex-wife said our daughter had been accepted to a prestigious, but expensive, dance ... Read more

Getting the most out of your first meeting with a family lawyer

By Timothy N. Sullivan Don’t worry so much about that first meeting For most people, engaging a lawyer is a big deal – and not something they do every day. ... Read more

Hague Convention and the best interests of the child

The best interests of the child should not be considered in custody applications under the Hague Convention, says Ottawa family lawyer and civil litigator  Timothy N. ... Read more

Grandparents' rights law may encourage litigation

Changes to Ontario’s  Children’s Law Reform Act  may have little impact other than to encourage grandparents to litigate custody and access cases, ... Read more

What happens when you have a live-in partner but are still married?

By Timothy N. Sullivan “I’m still married, but now I have a live-in girlfriend. We both have kids. What does this mean, legally speaking?” Whenever a ... Read more

Ask a lawyer: what does ‘without prejudice’ mean, anyway?

By Timothy N. Sullivan Sure, ‘without prejudice’ seems like a real legal term. But what is it, exactly? The traditional meaning of ‘without ... Read more

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