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 In The News
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

Man who killed parents entitled to partial inheritance

By Charles Ticker . A  recent story  from New South Wales in Australia describes the struggle a woman had to stop her brother from inheriting from their parents after he killed them. Read more

Warring siblings make bad estate trustees

Parents should think twice before appointing all their children as executors, Toronto-area estates litigator and mediator  Charles B. Ticker tells . Read more

Avoid emotional family disputes by pre-arranging funeral, writing a will

A dispute between siblings over where their deceased mother’s body should be buried brings up issues around the advantages of making your funeral wishes known, Toronto-area estates litigator and mediator Charles B. Ticker tells . Read more

Benjamin order can protect trustee if there's a missing beneficiary

When a beneficiary of an estate remains missing following reasonable searches, there are some approaches estate trustees can take to protect themselves, Toronto-area estates litigator and mediator Charles B. Ticker tells Law Times . Read more

If marriage breaks down, review will and beneficiary designations

The issue of where former and current spouses stand when it comes time to distribute wealth from an estate continues to draw the attention of the courts on many levels, Toronto-area estates litigator and mediator Charles B. Ticker tells Law Times . Read more

Abuse of elders becoming more common

By Charles Ticker . I recently came across two articles online from Australia that contain disturbing examples of how the abuse of elders has become more and more common. The  first article  suggests that the levels of elder abuse in certain parts of Australia have reached scandalous levels. According to the article, one of the root causes of the abuse is ageism in society. Specifically, there appear to be many people who suffer from inheritance impatience causing a lot of the elder abuse to take place within the family. Read more

Mediating estate disputes part 3: common mistakes

In the final instalment of a three-part series, Toronto-area estates litigator and mediator Charles B. Ticker discusses common mediation mistakes. Read more

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