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Wills & Estates Litigation



A Barrister can effectively step in to seek court intervention to ensure a testator’s or power of attorney donnee’s wishes are respected, and beneficiary rights are protected. Although wills, estates, and powers of attorney matters are often handled solely by solicitors who draft the legal instruments and supervise their implementation, family members, friends and acquaintances affected by those instruments may have legitimate concerns about how they were drafted or administered, and only court intervention may suffice to ensure compliance with the law.

Gordon Scott Campbell provides firm, effective and creative advocacy before trial and appeal courts hearing wills, estates and trustee litigation. He will negotiate an optimal case resolution for you using skills learned from many years serving as a professional negotiator, but equally advance your interests in contested proceedings should an acceptable resolution be unachievable. He has conducted hundreds of trials and appeals, and knows what judges are looking for in arguments and evidence.



Court applications for probate (certificate of appointment of estate trustee) and passings of accounts before the Superior Court of Justice.

Contested wills, including wills not properly executed, testator lacked capacity, testator did not have knowledge or approve of contents of will, testator unduly influenced in will drafting, will fraud or forgery.

Interpretation of wills, including wills variations, multiple competing wills, and ambiguous wills.

Trustee disputes, including renunciation of trustee duties, appointment or removal of executors, and challenges to powers of attorney.

Dependant support claims and guardianship applications.



Acted in wills and estates litigation before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

Knowledgeable practitioner of wills and estate law.

Conducted civil litigation at the trial and appeal levels up to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Served as Federal Crown Prosecutor of complex fraud matters, and now assists clients facing or making allegations of fraud at all levels of court.

Author of The Investigator’s Legal Handbook, 2nd ed (Toronto: Thomson Carswell, 2014) and Le manuel juridique de l’enquêteur (Cowansville, QC: Yvon Blais, 2010).


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