The Estate Mediation Group


We are a group of like-minded, experienced estate mediators who provide non partisan dispute resolution services where litigation is pending, threatened or foreseeable. For our individual credentials, services, contact information, booking practices and rates, please see below:

M. Gaylanne Phelan

M. Gaylanne Phelan, B.A., J.D.

Gaylanne was one of the first estates lawyers to promote civil justice reform through alternative dispute resolution. She has mediated approximately 200 estates disputes, most of which have settled successfully. More...

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Genevieve A. Chornenki

Genevieve A. Chornenki, LL.B., LL.M. (ADR),
Chartered Mediator, Chartered Arbitrator

Genevieve brings extensive dispute resolution experience to contested estate matters. Her practice is restricted to non-partisan services such as mediation, arbitration, facilitation & coaching. She has worked as a mediator since 1989 and as an estate mediator since 2003. More...

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Barry S. Corbin

Barry S. Corbin, B.Sc., M.Sc., LL.B.

Barry was one of the earliest advocates of mediation as an effective means to resolve disputes in estate and trust matters, presenting a paper on the subject at the Law Society of Upper Canada's 1996 Special Lectures on Estates. As a member of the Estates Subcommittee of the Attorney General's Civil Rules Committee, he participated in formulation of the special mandatory mediation rule for estate disputes (Rule 75.1 of the Rules of Civil Procedure). More...

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John M. Fuke

John M. Fuke, B.Comm., J. D.

John Fuke is known by Wills and Estates lawyers across Canada and internationally. He has been a lawyer in Ontario since 1965 and has worked almost all of that time in the field of taxation, wills, trusts, estate planning and estate administration. He has been chairman of both the provincial and national Wills & Trust Section of the Canadian Bar Association. He is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation and in past has delivered papers at its annual conferences as well as written articles for its journal. He was Vice-President, The Americas in the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law and is a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. During 1987 he spent a secondment with Revenue Canada in the tax legislation area. John was named as one of the best lawyers in the Trusts and Estates field in the July/August 2007 issue of the Financial Post Business magazine special report on "The Best Lawyers in Canada".

John has mediated:

  • Disputes between eldest son/ executor and the rest of the family.
  • Disputes between children of the deceased and their step mother.
  • Dispute between wife who thought that she should receive husband's estate outright and professional executors who advised husband that wife's share should be held in trust.
  • Dispute between siblings over everything that parents did.


To book an estate mediation with John, whether the mediation is voluntary or mandated under Rule 75.1., interested counsel are invited to follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Opposing counsel confer on dates mutually convenient to them and their clients, as well as a potential location for the mediation.
  • Step 2: Contact John with your mutually agreeable dates by email at
  • Step 3: John will contact you to confirm your chosen date.
  • Step 4: Reserve your chosen date with John by e-mail, or by telephone at 705-466-3281, providing the name of the Estate and the names of counsel.
  • Step 5: When you reserve your date (or shortly thereafter) please send John relevant case details so he can prepare the necessary paperwork:
    • i. The complete names of the parties and the capacity in which they will be participating.
    • ii. The name and contact information for all Counsel (and any unrepresented parties), including e-mail addresses.
    • iii. If litigation has been commenced, the Title of Proceedings, Court File Number and jurisdiction.
    • iv. A copy of any Order(s) Giving Directions governing the mediation under Rule 75.1.
    • v. The agreed-upon location, preferably a neutral location such as a Court Reporter's Office.
  • Step 6: Upon receipt of relevant case details, John will e-mail counsel the following:

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M. Gaylanne Phelan

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