Jennifer Hamilton-Upham

Jennifer J. Hamilton Upham

Legal Assistant: Julie Cooke

Partner with a practice focusing on corporate and commercial law, taxation and trust and estate planning.  Jennifer is also a member of our Co-operative Law Group, with experience in the unique legal issues facing co-ops.

  • Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) In Depth Tax Course, Part I and Part II
  • Bar Admission: Nova Scotia, 2007
  • LL.B. (Dalhousie University, 2006)
  • B.B.A. (Acadia University, 2003) 
  • Regularly assisting clients with structuring or restructuring their business, including preparing shareholder’ agreements and structuring and implementing tax planned corporate reorganizations such as freezes, interposition of family trusts, Section 85 rollovers, purifications, divisive reorganizations, amalgamations and wind ups
  • Assisting clients with the purchase and sale of businesses (by way of share sale or asset sale) and the purchase and sale of assets in the course of business and commercial financing
  • Assisting major Canadian and US law firms in Nova Scotia matters, including corporate restructuring, financing and transactions with unlimited liability companies
  • Advising clients on operational matters on a day to day basis, including assisting in all aspects of contract drafting and negotiation, providing direction on corporate governance matters and directors’ and officers’ liability   
  • Advising individuals and business owners in trust and estate or succession planning matters including preparing wills and assisting with estate administration
  • Co-corporate secretary to large international business
Professional Activities and Affiliations
  • Nova Scotia Barristers` Society
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Vice-Chair, Canadian Bar Association, Nova Scotia Business Law Section
Personal, Community and Volunteer Activities
  • Current Chair, Colchester East Hants Health Centre Foundation
  • Current Director and former Chair, United Way of Colchester County
  • Former Chair, Campaign Team for the United Way of Colchester County 
  • Former Solicitor, Nova Scotia Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Board Member, Central Nova Women`s Resource Centre 
  • Volunteer/fundraiser for various organizations and events including Canadian Cancer Society, Children`s Wish Foundation, Big Brother`s Big Sister`s and the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia

Jennifer has been a guest speaker on various corporate, tax and estate planning issues and continues to enjoy the opportunity to provide information sessions to businesses and other organizations at their request. In particular, Jennifer has presented for the Canadian Bar Association in 2011 on “Due Diligence Minute Book Reviews” and co-authored “Challenges in the Implementation of Alter Ego and Joint Spousal Trusts” for the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, Atlantic Branch, Fall 2012 Newsletter.

Qualifications

  • Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) In Depth Tax Course, Part I and Part II
  • Bar Admission: Nova Scotia, 2007
  • LL.B. (Dalhousie University, 2006)
  • B.B.A. (Acadia University, 2003) 

Experience

  • Regularly assisting clients with structuring or restructuring their business, including preparing shareholder’ agreements and structuring and implementing tax planned corporate reorganizations such as freezes, interposition of family trusts, Section 85 rollovers, purifications, divisive reorganizations, amalgamations and wind ups
  • Assisting clients with the purchase and sale of businesses (by way of share sale or asset sale) and the purchase and sale of assets in the course of business and commercial financing
  • Assisting major Canadian and US law firms in Nova Scotia matters, including corporate restructuring, financing and transactions with unlimited liability companies
  • Advising clients on operational matters on a day to day basis, including assisting in all aspects of contract drafting and negotiation, providing direction on corporate governance matters and directors’ and officers’ liability   
  • Advising individuals and business owners in trust and estate or succession planning matters including preparing wills and assisting with estate administration
  • Co-corporate secretary to large international business
Professional Activities and Affiliations
  • Nova Scotia Barristers` Society
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Vice-Chair, Canadian Bar Association, Nova Scotia Business Law Section
Personal, Community and Volunteer Activities
  • Current Chair, Colchester East Hants Health Centre Foundation
  • Current Director and former Chair, United Way of Colchester County
  • Former Chair, Campaign Team for the United Way of Colchester County 
  • Former Solicitor, Nova Scotia Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Board Member, Central Nova Women`s Resource Centre 
  • Volunteer/fundraiser for various organizations and events including Canadian Cancer Society, Children`s Wish Foundation, Big Brother`s Big Sister`s and the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia

Publications & Presentations

Jennifer has been a guest speaker on various corporate, tax and estate planning issues and continues to enjoy the opportunity to provide information sessions to businesses and other organizations at their request. In particular, Jennifer has presented for the Canadian Bar Association in 2011 on “Due Diligence Minute Book Reviews” and co-authored “Challenges in the Implementation of Alter Ego and Joint Spousal Trusts” for the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, Atlantic Branch, Fall 2012 Newsletter.