Charles Ticker

Charles Ticker
Charles B. Ticker Law Office
Sole Practitioner
Estates & Wills & Trusts, Mediation

A lawyer for more than 35 years, Charles Ticker’s estate law practice in Toronto — Charles B. Ticker Law Office — focuses on helping clients resolve litigation disputes, administer estates with assets ranging from $250,000 to $100 million, and mediation.

Mr. Ticker was called to the Ontario Bar in 1980 after receiving a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in psychology from McGill University in 1974. He completed law school and earned his Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1978.

He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, honouring significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.

Having successfully appeared at all levels of Ontario courts, Mr. Ticker has continued to update his skills and in 2007 he completed training at Harvard as a certified mediator.

A member of the Law Society of Ontario, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, and the Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations, Mr. Ticker is often invited to speak about estate law and has published a newsletter on estate law, called TickerTalk.

He has co-chaired the Advising the Elderly Client Conference since 2011 and is writing a book on estate litigation.

Mr. Ticker has a blog on estate disputes named “The Sibling Fight.”

Charles Ticker Posts

Details are essential when it comes to writing a will

It’s not enough to simply make a will if you fail to provide specifics of your last wishes, says Toronto-area estates litigator and mediator Charles B. Ticker. Read more

Winehouse estate battle

By Charles Ticker According to a recent online story, Amy Winehouse’s ex-husband has reportedly filed a $1.6 million claim against the late singer’s estate. Read more

Contesting wills on the rise, Ticker not surprised

Large asset transfers and a willingness to sue are fuelling an explosion in estate litigation, says Toronto-area estates litigator and mediator Charles B. Ticker. Read more

Jackson estate involved in litigation with HBO

By Charles Ticker It has been more than ten years since Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009. The musician’s estate has since been involved in various kinds of litigation. Read more

Online will kits don’t cover all the bases: Ticker

People can initially save money by using an online will kit instead of going to a lawyer, but they may pay dearly for that shortcut down the road, says Toronto-area estates litigator Charles B. Ticker. Read more

Ticker writes a new chapter in his career with first book

Toronto-area estates litigator Charles B. Ticker has written the perfect book for those who know "bubkes" about estates and trusts. Read more

Petty estate dispute intensifying

By Charles Ticker A recent story online outlines the current dispute involving the estate of the deceased musician Tom Petty. He died on Oct. 2, 2017 at the age of 66. The Petty estate dispute places his widow against his two daughters from his first marriage. His widow has commenced a case in L.A. County Court accusing the daughters of interfering with the management of the Petty estate. Read more

Aretha Franklin had handwritten wills

By Charles Ticker. Aretha Franklin died on August 16, 2018, after battling pancreatic cancer for several years. At the time of her death, she was believed to have died without a will. It seemed that Ms. Franklin left a multi-million dollar estate without even a basic estate plan. Soon after Ms. Franklin’s death, a dispute developed between her estate and one of her ex-husbands. I wrote a blog entry on this story, which is found here. Read more

A tightly drafted will can spare litigation

A recent Alberta will challenge illustrates the danger of a loosely drafted will, says Toronto-area estates litigator Charles B. Ticker. Read more

Ticker takes the stage for autism fundraiser

Toronto-area estates litigator and mediator Charles Ticker hits the stage with his band, The Faded Genes , on May 30 to raise money for autism. Read more

Dysfunctional sibling relationships delay estate administration

Some siblings relationships are so dysfunctional that even majority clauses for multiple estate trustees won’t keep the administration flowing, Toronto-area estates litigator and mediator Charles B. Ticker tells Read more

Will challenges occur frequently in Britain

By Charles Ticker . A recent online article outlines some of the reasons why will challenges occur frequently in Britain. According to this story, a recent poll revealed that almost half of the population of the U.K. does not trust their family to manage their affairs for them. Read more

Limited grounds to contest a will: Ticker

There are limited grounds upon which someone's will can be successfully challenged, Toronto-area estates litigator and mediator Charles B. Ticker tells Read more

Estate of Aretha Franklin facing various difficulties

By Charles Ticker . Aretha Franklin passed away from pancreatic cancer on August 16, 2018, at the age of 76. Immediately after her death, it became apparent that she died without a will and an estate plan. This meant that the administration of her multi-million dollar estate would likely become challenging if various heirs and people with interests came forward. Read more

Law has last say in what happens to your body when you die

Choosing what happens to your body after you die comes with limitations governed by the law, Toronto-area estates litigator and mediator Charles B. Ticker tells . Read more