Mary Wahbi

Mary Wahbi
Fogler Rubinoff LLP
Partner
ADR, Corporate, Estates & Wills & Trusts

Mary Wahbi, partner with the Toronto firm Fogler Rubinoff LLP, focuses on corporate/commercial law and trusts and estates law.

Ms. Wahbi obtained her Juris Doctor degree from York’s Osgoode Hall Law School in 1984. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1986.

Ms. Wahbi went on to earn her Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Certificate from the Faculty of Law at University of Windsor in 2000.

Her corporate/commercial practice focuses on business acquisitions, dispositions, and financing, business relationships including partnership, shareholder, and executive employment agreements, corporate re-organizations including tax-related transactions, and general business and commercial agreements.

In her estates and trusts practice, Ms. Wahbi focuses on estate planning including business succession, estate freezes and the creation of trusts, the preparation of wills, insurance directions and trusts, powers of attorney for property and personal care, medical directives, and administration of the estate of deceased persons.

She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and is a past instructor in Estate Planning at the Bar Admission Course, Law Society of Ontario.

Ms. Wahbi is a frequent speaker with the Ontario Bar Association and is a former chair of the association’s Statutory Review Committee.

In addition to her legal work, Ms. Wahbi acts as a mentor in the Ontario Bar Association’s Mentorship Program and volunteers as a supervising lawyer at Pro Bono Student Canada’s Wills Clinic, providing estate planning legal services to low-income clients.

She is also a volunteer lawyer at the Wellspring Pro Bono Wills/Powers of Attorney Clinic, which provides estate planning legal services to cancer patients, and is co-founder of Smart Choices, a women’s information exchange and networking group.

Mary Wahbi In The News
Insurance trusts effective way to avoid beneficiary disputes

Family law counsel should consider a transfer of insurance ownership or an insurance trust when securing future support payments after a series of controversial decisions involving the proceeds from life insurance policies, Toronto wills and estates lawyer  Mary Wahbi  tells  AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

E-wills are coming, till then paper documents crucial: Wahbi

While electronic forms of wills may be common one day, there are a number of hurdles that have to be dealt with to get there, Toronto wills and estates lawyer  Mary Wahbi  tells  AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Handling mortgage debt depends on circumstances at time of death

By Mary Wahbi for AdvocateDaily.com . Your mortgage lives on even after you die, and one way or another, the lender will want to get paid. Read more

Estates bar dealing with opposing multiple wills decisions

In the final instalment of a two-part series,  Toronto wills and estates lawyer Mary Wahbi discusses opposing rulings regarding the use of multiple wills. Read more

Multiple wills decision fallout: why the judge got it wrong

In part one of a two-part series,  Toronto wills and estates lawyer Mary Wahbi  discusses the fallout from a controversial decision concerning multiple wills. Read more

The perils of bequeathing the family cottage

Leaving the family cottage for the next generation to enjoy often sounds like a wonderful idea to parents who want their children and grandchildren to continue making memories, but that’s not an approach Toronto wills and estates lawyer  Mary Wahbi  recommends lightly. Read more

Rejection of probate applications confounds lawyers

A long-established practice to use primary and secondary wills is running up against some turbulence in the courts, Toronto wills and estates lawyer Mary Wahbi tells AdvocateDaily.com .  Read more

Triggers for updating your will: changes in estate and tax law

This is the final post in a three-part series where Toronto wills and estates lawyer Mary Wahbi talks about the life events that should trigger a review of your will. In this instalment, she explores changes in estate and tax law. Read more

Triggers to update your will: family changes

This is Part 2 of a three-part series where Toronto wills and estates lawyer Mary Wahbi  talks about the life events that should trigger a review of your will. In this instalment, she explores changes in family life situations that should spur you to update your will. Read more

Triggers for updating your will: changes in assets

This is Part 1 of a three-part series where Toronto wills and estates lawyer Mary Wahbi  talks about the life events that should trigger a review of your will. In the first instalment, she looks at changes in assets. Read more

The nightmare of retaining estate planning documents

Like most of her estate-planning colleagues, Toronto wills and estates lawyer Mary Wahbi retains the originals of clients’ wills — encompassing wills and other estate planning documents, such as powers of attorney — in a “vault,” she writes in The Lawyers Daily . Read more

Wahbi to speak on the importance of making a will

Toronto wills and estates lawyer  Mary Wahbi  will share her insights with a local community on the importance of making a will at an upcoming Ontario Bar Association event. Read more

Beware of traps with multiple wills

Many high-net-worth Ontarians have two wills to avoid paying high probate fees, but there are pitfalls to the practice, Toronto wills and estates lawyer Mary Wahbi tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Fill-in-the-blanks approach not suited to estate planning

Information is key to sensible and tax-efficient estate planning, Toronto wills and estates lawyer  Mary Wahbi tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Joint ownership to reduce probate fee can prove problematic

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 writes in The Lawyers Weekly . Read more

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