Wills & Estates

Although will and estate planning can be a complex undertaking for some clients, for most clients, preparing a will or powers of attorney is not quite as difficult as you may fear. The same is the case for administering estates. At Cohen Highley, we can meet our clients’ wills and estates needs efficiently and inexpensively.


We can often take initial wills and powers of attorney instructions by phone, and clarify during that initial conversation what issues may need to be discussed more fully with family members or partners before preparing draft documents. Draft documents can be sent out to the client for review and any questions or concerns can also be addressed by phone if time is at a premium for the client.

When satisfactory drafts are in hand and all questions answered, all that is required to complete the service is a brief office attendance where we will do a final review and then ensure that the documents are properly executed and witnessed. Clients must remember that wills are designed to direct the administration of their affairs only after their death.

Most clients will also consider preparing powers of attorney at the same time to handle their affairs in the event that they should become incapable during their lifetime. In that unfortunate situation, the designated attorney (often the same person or persons who are appointed as estate trustees in your will), will be empowered to look after your financial affairs (continuing power of attorney for property) and your health care decisions (power of attorney for personal care). Preparation of these additional documents can often be handled in the same manner as the preparation of wills.

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Gordon's practice includes the formation and structuring of corporations and other business entities both for domestic and cross-border purposes, mergers and acquisitions, securities law matters, lending and lease transactions, commercial real estate transactions, finance and leasing, and estate and succession planning.

Gemma practises in the area of commercial litigation, including estate litigation, contractual disputes, construction lien actions, commercial tenancy litigation and real estate litigation.

Nicole practises in the corporate/commercial, real estate and estate planning department. Nicole graduated with a Juris Doctor from Western University, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2019. Prior to her call to the Bar, Nicole was both a summer student and completed her articles at Cohen Highley where she gained experience in all…

Tyler practises in the corporate/commercial, real estate and estate planning department. He obtained an Honours of Business Administration degree with distinction in 2005. In 2006, he obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree. Tyler’s practice includes residential and commercial real estate transactions, estate planning, estate administration, incorporations and corporate transactions.

Megan practices in the corporate/commercial, real estate and estate planning department. Megan obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Windsor, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2019. Prior to her call to the Bar, Megan was both a summer student and completed her articles at Cohen Highley, where she gained experience in…

Josh is a commercial litigation lawyer with a primary focus on estate litigation, but also represents clients in contractual disputes, real estate disputes, commercial tenancy disputes, and construction law matters. His practice also includes wills and estate planning as well as advising and guiding executors through the estate administration process. Josh represents clients in defending…

Brian's practice offers dependable, knowledgeable, and comprehensive services relating to residential and commercial real estate transactions, will planning, estate administration and corporate/commercial business law issues.

Paul has a broad business background predating his legal career. Paul’s legal practice focuses mainly on providing sound legal advice and services relating to corporate/commercial and business law matters, real estate transactions, both residential and commercial, and wills and estate planning and administration.

Victoria practices in real estate and estates in the corporate/commercial department of our Kitchener office. Her real estate practice includes representation in agricultural, residential and commercial transactions, rezoning applications, severance, and land use planning. Estate planning through family trusts, multiple wills, cohabitation agreements, and marriage contracts are part of Victoria’s daily practice while advising on…