Ben is a partner in the firm and Co-Chair of the firm’s Estate Planning Practice Group.
Ben’s practice focuses on wills, trusts and estates. He advises clients on all forms of estate planning, including the use of trusts and other probate planning strategies. Ben is an experienced probate lawyer and assists with the administration of all kinds of trusts and estates, including complex multijurisdictional estates. In addition, he acts as litigation counsel in contentious disputes involving wills, trusts, inheritances, powers of attorney, and legal guardianship of adults.
Ben has been designated a Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) by the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the international body for professional advisors specializing in estate and succession planning. He is an active member of the local trust and estate planning community, sitting on the Executive of STEP Atlantic, as well as the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society’s Professional Standards Committee for Wills, Powers of Attorney and Personal Directives. Ben also enjoys speaking to local community and professional groups on estate planning topics.
Areas of Law
Ben’s experience includes:
- Trusts (including family, alter ego and joint partner trusts)
- Estate and incapacity planning
- Tax-planned reorganizations of private companies
- Domestic contracts and similar personal planning
- Estate, fiduciary and capacity litigation
- Adult representation (guardianship) applications
- Various types of Probate Court applications
- Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
- Canadian Bar Association
- Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
- Director, Health Services Foundation of the South Shore
- Past Executive Member, Kingsburg Coastal Conservancy
- Past Executive Member, Autism Nova Scotia (South Shore Chapter)
Ben has been a guest speaker for groups such as South Shore Palliative Care, the VON, the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners’ Association, the Lunenburg-Queens Volunteer Partnership, the Nova Scotia Teachers’ Union, the Acadia Small Business and Entrepreneurship Centre, and Autism Nova Scotia. He enjoys these engagements and welcomes new opportunities to present on topics in the areas of estate planning, incapacity planning, and elder abuse.
- Bar Admission: Nova Scotia, 2013
- B.C.L./LL.B., McGill University (2012)
- B.A. (Dalhousie University, 2008