• Advises on and implements tax and estate plans for high net worth individuals and owner/operators of private businesses;


  • Acts as solicitor for estate trustees on all aspects and stages of estate administration;


  • Acts as estate trustee during litigation;


  • Advises estate trustees and attorneys on their obligations and beneficiaries on their rights;


  • Provides opinions on will and trust interpretations;


  • Provides opinions on the validity of, and entitlement under, beneficiary designations for life insurance, RRSPs and RRIFs;


  • Advises matrimonial lawyers regarding tax, trust and estate matters respecting property and support issues;


  • Mediates contentious trust and estate disputes.

Dr. Ruth M. Corbin is Chair of forensic research firm CorbinPartners Inc., and an accredited mediator with Corbin Estates Law specializing in the resolution of expert evidence disputes in litigation and ADR forums.   


She formerly held executive positions in Corporate Canada, and Professorship appointments at University of Toronto, Carleton University and Osgoode Hall Law School.  


An amateur musician in her free time, she has performed in local and international competitions, and was featured at the Toronto Kiwanis Festival “showcase of the stars.”     

Email:         janine.johnson@corbinestateslaw.com

Call:            416-593-4200

Knowledge and reputation make the difference


Corbin Estates Law is a leader in the field of wills, estates and trusts.  Barry Corbin has been lending his expertise for more than 37 years to government committees, industry practice groups, legal journals and international conferences.   He is a sought-after mediator by other lawyers who value his straight-talk and fair-minded approach. He is included in the list of Canada’s Best Lawyers in 2020.

Barry S. Corbin

Janine has legal training, having received her Bachelors of Law from the University of the West Indies, Cavehill, Barbados. Before emigrating to Canada, Janine was called to the bar in St. Kitts & Nevis in 2014. 


Janine enjoys playing word games such as Strudel and spending quality time with family and friends.


As a Law Clerk, she provides legal support in the areas of Wills & Estates and Trusts. Janine will no doubt further Corbin Estates Law's mission in principle and practice.

Ruth M. Corbin

M.Sc., Ph.D., LL.M., LL.D

Janine L. Johnson





Email:      ruth.corbin@corbinestateslaw.com