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Kathryn Balter




Kathryn is a Partner with the firm's wills and estates group. Her practice is focused on helping clients achieve their estate-planning goals by providing advice on wills, trusts, the transfer of assets, powers of attorney, and estate administration. She works in partnership with her clients to help them navigate complex matters and to protect and plan for the transfer of their personal assets.

Kathryn is active in the estates and trusts bar and is a member of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) Executive for trusts and estates law as well as a student member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP). She is a frequent contributor to the OBA Trusts and Estates Law newsletter and to the firm’s Dollars & Sense publication and she speaks at various professional and public programs on the topic of wills, estates and substitute decision making.

Multiple Wills Alert


FEBRUARY 04 2019

Multiple Wills Resurrected

The recent woes of the estates bar in connection with multiple Wills has been resolved positively by the Divisional Court's decision in the Re Milne appeal decision issued on January 24, 2019.

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DECEMBER 21 2018

An Update on Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) Reform

On November 22, 2018, the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services announced some very vague plans for reform. With respect to ODSP, the announcement stated that the intention was to "[r]edesign [ODSP] to provide annualized income support with far fewer reporting requirements for Ontarians with severe disabilities."

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DECEMBER 10 2018

Multiple Wills Make a Comeback

The technique of using multiple wills, which became the standard among estate planning solicitors as a method of limiting the amount of probate fees (now called Estate Administration Tax), took a beating in the Re Milne decision of September 11, 2018.

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NOVEMBER 01 2018

Multiple Wills Alert!

A recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Re Milne) may affect the Wills of clients who have used multiple Wills to reduce probate fees. If you have Primary and Secondary Wills in place, this court decision may put that planning in jeopardy...

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OCTOBER 12 2018

Multiple Wills: A Little Worse for Wear but Still Worthwhile

Following a handful of disconcerting endorsements in a number of probate applications culminating in the recent decision in the Milne Estates, an issue has been raised respecting the validity of the use of multiple wills in Ontario.

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AUGUST 10 2018


Subsequent to the writing of this article, the Ford Government announced that the initiatives announced in Chapter 1, Section 7 of the previous government’s 2018 Budget (which includes the New Regulation discussed in the article) will not proceed at this time.  

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JUNE 13 2018

Congratulations to Kathryn Balter on her OBA Trusts & Estates Law Section Executive Appointment.

Congratulations to Kathryn Balter on her recent appointment to the 2018-2019 OBA Trusts & Estates Law Section Executive. 

MARCH 26 2018

Capping Political Contributions From Beyond The Grave

Although not a bequest that I often see in my estate planning practice, some people with distinct political leanings have historically taken advantage of an exemption from limits to political contributions in each calendar year by making such contribution in their Wills. Prior to the introduction of Bill C-23, dubbed the Fair Elections Act, which received Royal Assent on June 19, 2014, politically-inclined individuals could take advantage of former subsection 405(2) of the Canada Elections Act, S.C. 2000, c.9 (the "Act"), which permitted unlimited political contributions by way of testamentary disposition...

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FEBRUARY 08 2018

Emerging Issues in Estates, Trusts and Incapacity Law

Kathryn is Chair's this OBA Institute trusts & estates law program that will explore recent case law and statutory amendments, as well as essential practice management advice. Click here for more information and to register.

NOVEMBER 07 2017

Wills, Powers of Attorney for Property and Powers of Attorney for Personal Care

Most people are hesitant when it comes to dealing with their Wills and Powers of Attorney. Death and Disability are not easy subjects to deal with. Unfortunately, these are realities that are better dealt with than not...

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NOVEMBER 01 2017

November is Make a Will Month

Throughout November, Make a Will Month will see more than 40 legal information sessions presented by OBA members, including Mary Wahbi and Kathryn Balter of our Wills & Estates group, at libraries and community hubs in Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton and Cambridge.


University of British Columbia, J.D., 2011
University of Western Ontario, B.A., 2008


OBA Executive, Member-at-Large, Trusts and Estates Law
Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners


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