Wendy Griesdorf

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Wendy Griesdorf is certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a specialist in estates and trusts and serves clients across all of Eastern Ontario.


Wendy received an Honours BA from the University of Toronto in 1990 in English and semiotics and an LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1993. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1995 and obtained her mediation certificate from Osgoode in 2002.
 

Wendy practised estate litigation in Toronto under the mentorship of Brian Schnurr until 2001 when she was appointed adjunct professor of estate litigation and director of career services at Osgoode Hall Law School. 


In 2004, Wendy moved to Kingston where she established her own firm exclusively in the field of estate litigation and mediation.  


Wendy is retired sessional faculty at the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University and previously sat as chair of the senate committee on non-academic discipline where she was involved in drafting a new student code of conduct for Queen’s University. She is also a retired deputy judge of the Frontenac County small claims court, former chair of the estates & trusts group of the Frontenac Law Association and its former vice president.

Wendy has lectured and published consistently in her field and in related areas of law. Please contact Wendy directly for copies of any material.     


2018 Vulnerability of Charities in Estate Litigation

Ottawa Estate Planning Council


2018 You Shouldn't Need a Lawyer to Die

Seniors Association of Kingston Region


2018 Section 3 Survival Kit - An Invisible Plane, A Golden Lasso, and a Bat Phone

Estates Trusts and Pension Journal


2018 Shakespeare's Tragedies in Estate Litigation

Seniors Association of Kingston Region


2017 Are We Aging Well? - Frailty in a Legal Context

Community Foundation of Kingston and Area


2017 Add Love & Simplify: How to Avoid Estate Litigation 

Ontario Municipal Retirees Association     


2016 Neuroscience and Estate Mediation 

Law Society of Upper Canada   


2016 Complexities Relating to Capacity Law

Community Care Access Centre - Southeast Region   


2016 Six Minute Estates Lawyer 

Law Society of Upper Canada   


2015  Estate Mediation in Today's Society 

Frontenac Law Association Estates and Trusts Group   


2015 Where Medicine and Law Connect
4th Annual East Region Estates and Trusts Seminar   


2015 Annotated Powers of Attorney for Personal Care 

Law Society of Upper Canada
 

2014 Severing Joint Tenancies in the Context of Estate Disputes
Key Developments in Estates and Trusts in Ontario, Canada Law Book
 

2014 Negotiating Settlements with Grace and Power
Frontenac Law Association Young Lawyers Series
 

2014 Summary Judgment in Estates – Post Hyrniak
Ottawa Estates Group hosted by Borden Ladner Gervais
 

2014 Estate Accounting
Law Society of Upper Canada
 

2013 A Review of Estates and Trusts
National Judicial Institute Conference
 

2013 How to Start or Expand a Law Practice
Frontenac Law Association Young Lawyers Series
 

2013 Claims Against Estates
2nd Annual East Region Estates and Trusts Seminar
 

2012 Law Firm Recruitment in Canada (2nd edition)
Irwin Law Inc.
 

2012 Advising Fiduciaries
Ottawa Estates Group hosted by Borden Ladner Gervais
 

2011 Professional Responsibility and Fiduciary Clients
East Region Estates and Trusts Seminar
 

2010 Practising Law in a Small City
Law Society of Upper Canada – Articling and Beyond Conference
 

2010 A Physician’s Paradox: Dealing with Patients of Marginal Capacity
Canadian Centre for Elder Law – National Conference
 

2010 Top 10 Estates Cases in 2010
4th Annual Kingston and the 1000 Islands Legal Conference
 

2009 Top 10 Estates Cases in 2009
3rd Annual Kingston and the 1000 Islands Legal Conference
 

2009 Assessing the Assessor – Panel Moderator
Canadian Bar Association National Elder Law Conference
 

2009 How Not to Become My Client
Canadian Federation of University Women – Queen’s University
 

2009 Capacity and Estate Planning
Ontario Bar Association Annual Institute
 

2008 Capacity – The Perspective of the Hospital
Law Society of Upper Canada – Estates and Trusts Summit
 

2008 Estates, Charter Challenges, and Other Case Law Updates
2nd Annual Kingston and the 1000 Islands Legal Conference
 

2008 How To Avoid a Will Challenge in Your Own Estate
Queen’s University Senior Alumni Association
 

2007 Helping Widows with Interim Support
Law Society of Upper Canada – Estates and Trusts Summit
 

2007 Joint Asset Disputes
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Legal Conference
 

2007 Notice of Objection or Return of Certificate: How to Start a Will Challenge
Ontario Bar Association – Trusts and Estates Section
 

2006 Crazy in Love: Caregiver Marriages in the Context of Estate Disputes
Estates and Trusts Pension Journal
 

2005 Community Editorial Board
Whig Standard Daily Newspaper
 

2004 Law Firm Recruitment in Canada: Job Search Advice for Students and Associates
Irwin Law Inc.
 

2004 The Failing Client – How to Work With Clients of Marginal Capacity
Ontario Bar Association and Estate Planning Council
 

2002 Practice Management For Lawyers
National Association for Law Placement
 

2001 The New Limitations Act and Estates
Ontario Bar Association – Trusts and Estates Section
 

2001 Estate Litigation
Law Society of Upper Canada Bar Admissions – Chapter co-author
 

2001 Stop Before You Start
Law Society of Upper Canada – Estates and Trusts Forum
 

2000 If Only Mother Nature Could Sue Wordsworth For Copyright Infringement
Postmodern Times, Northern Illinois University Press   


1999-2003 Estates and Trusts Pension Journal 

Book Reviewer ​ 


1999 Pitfalls of Being a Trustee – Executor’s Compensation
Ontario Bar Association – Trusts and Estates Section
 

1998 Planning for Future Incapacity
Federated Press
 

1996 Avoiding Estate Litigation
Options Conference
 

1994 The Laugh of the Hypertext
Intellectual Property Journal