The Estate Mediation Group
WHO WE ARE
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, 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. Convinced from her experience as an estates lawyer that the courts were not the most appropriate forum for dealing with disputes of this kind, she co-founded the former Centre for Estate Mediation in 1999, at the time of the introduction of mandatory mediation for estates disputes in the Toronto Court system.
She also has practiced law in the area of estates, trusts and substitute decisions since 1978 and has advised clients for over 30 years with their complex estate plans. She has acted as executor and trustee of large Canadian estates, as director of their affiliated business corporations, and as attorney for property for their owners. She is a past President and privileged member of the Estate Planning Council of Toronto. She is currently Vice-Chair of the Ontario Bar Association's ADR Section, and in 2006 acted as its representative on the OBA's Civil Justice Reform task force.
Gaylanne has successfully mediated disputes on many estate-related subjects, including:
- Will challenges.
- Capacity issues.
- Spouse's claims against an estate.
- Claims by other dependants against an estate.
- Elder care, and personal and health care decisions.
- Asset management under powers of attorney.
- Funeral and burial arrangements.
- Claims for services rendered to a deceased person.
- Accounting by, and compensation of, estate trustees.
- Claims by creditors of insolvent estates.
- Early winding up of trusts.
- Family businesses.
- Family cottages.
- Assets passing by survivorship.
- Divisions of jewellery, artwork, and household items
She will mediate or facilitate in either English or French.
HOW TO BOOK AN ESTATE MEDIATION WITH GAYLANNE
To book an estate mediation with Gaylanne, 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 Gaylanne with your mutually agreeable dates by email at email@example.com, with a copy to her assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org. Gaylanne's preferred days for mediation are generally Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays;
- Step 3: Gaylanne or her assistant will contact you to confirm your chosen date.
- Step 4: Reserve your chosen date with Gaylanne by e-mail email@example.com, with a copy to her assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone at 416-865-0295, providing the name of the Estate and the names of Counsel.
- Step 5: When you reserve your date (or shortly thereafter) please send Gaylanne relevant case details so she 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, Gaylanne will e-mail counsel the following:
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...
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...
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. More...