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
Significance of non-disclosed assets must be weighed: Sullivan

If it is revealed that one party didn’t fully disclose financial assets in their separation agreement, the other person shouldn't automatically assume they can have it set aside and are entitled to a larger payout, Ottawa family law and estate lawyer Timothy N. Sullivan tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Children don't necessarily come before new wife in inheritance

Don’t automatically assume that an elderly, widowed parent who marries a younger woman from overseas is being financially taken advantage of, Ottawa family law and estate lawyer  Timothy N. Sullivan  tells  AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Wills: not just for people with large estates

By Timothy N. Sullivan . We hear it all the time: “I don’t have much, so I don’t need a will.” Read more

Executors should move quickly on debts owed to deceased

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision is a reminder to executors to move quickly on debts owed to a deceased, Ottawa family law and estate lawyer  Timothy N. Sullivan tells  AdvocateDaily.com .  Read more

Joint tenancy: it sounds simple, but is often a double-edged sword

By Timothy N. Sullivan . Generally speaking, property can be owned either personally or jointly. Joint tenancy is when people own a property together and the right to an individual’s share of the property passes, in equal shares, to the surviving owners. (Tenants in common, on the other hand, see their share of the asset become part of their estate, which is then distributed as any other part of their estate upon their death.) Read more

Common law v. marriage: legal relationships that sneak up on you

By Timothy N. Sullivan . “Love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage…” Read more

Bankruptcy: not a tool for avoiding costs incurred in family law

By Timothy N. Sullivan . Family lawyers see this kind of situation all too often: a protracted custody and access battle between divorcing parents goes on far longer than it should, typically because one or both parties escalate situations restrict access or bring motions when a conversation should have sufficed. Read more

Agreements around insurance premiums, benefits should be in writing

A recent Supreme Court of Canada decision highlights the value of conducting periodic “legal checkups,” Ottawa family and estates lawyer  Timothy N. Sullivan tells  AdvocateDaily.com .  Read more

Avoiding probate just got a little harder — but don’t panic

By Timothy N. Sullivan . Canadians are in the fortunate position that there are no succession duties or death taxes. However, some institutions or agencies require authentication of the last will. This process is traditionally called “probate” so a “fee” based on the value of the estate is payable. The probate fee is, in fact, a tax since it is based on the value of the estate being probated. Read more

Seek legal advice before giving money to adult children

An Ontario Court of Appeal decision shows why parents should get legal advice before advancing funds to their adult children, Ottawa family lawyer  Timothy N. Sullivan tells  AdvocateDaily.com .  Read more

SullivanLaw adds new associate

SullivanLaw is pleased to announce that Emily Murray has joined the firm as an associate, Ottawa family lawyer and civil litigator Timothy N. Sullivan tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Charging consultation fee pays off for lawyer, clients

Charging for initial consultations may actually boost the number of new clients coming through the door, Ottawa trusts and estates lawyer  Timothy N. Sullivan  tells  AdvocateDaily.com .  Read more

SullivanLaw seeking litigation lawyer to join Ottawa office

SullivanLaw is currently looking for an entrepreneurial litigation lawyer to join its diverse and interesting practice, Ottawa family lawyer and civil litigator Timothy N. Sullivan tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Communication, detailed will essential for blended families

When it comes to blended families, a detailed will is crucial, Ottawa family lawyer and civil litigator Timothy N. Sullivan writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

'Child-focused' language unlikely to mitigate family conflict: Sullivan

Federal legislation that proposes "child-focused" language will likely do little to mitigate conflict between parties with children, Ottawa family lawyer and civil litigator Timothy N. Sullivan tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

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