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Corbin Estates Law

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). Over the past 15 years, Barry has acted as a mediator in trust and estate disputes on a wide range of issues, including:


  • Will challenges on the basis of testator incapacity and undue influence.
  • Continuing Power of Attorney challenges on the basis of grantor incapacity.
  • Contested passing of accounts.
  • Removal of estate trustees.
  • Dependant's relief claims.
  • Personal care of incapable persons.


Barry has been a lawyer in private practice for 30 years, focusing on tax and estate planning and estate administration. He has been certified as a specialist in the field of trusts and estates law and received the Ontario Bar Association's Award of Excellence in Trusts and Estates in 2008. Barry is the Chair of the Estates Subcommittee of the Attorney General's Civil Rules Committee and is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He is a past editor-in-chief of Estates Trusts & Pensions Journal (Canada Law Book) and a co-founding editor of the newsletter, Money & Family Law (Thomson Reuters).

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