Craig Ross is the Head of the Will, Estates and Trusts Group, and a Member of the Estate Litigation and Family Business Law Group.
Craig’s practice focuses on complex and high conflict wills and estates, representing business owners, professionals, high net worth individuals, mixed families, families with children with disabilities, and individuals and families dealing with discord.
He works closely with clients and other professional advisors on estate planning, with a focus on complex cases. He helps clients develop customized estate plans which give maximal effect to clients’ intentions by: identifying and dealing with responsibilities to spouses, common-law spouses, and other dependants; developing creative solutions to give effect to special intentions regarding certain beneficiaries or estate property; and making use of trusts to provide estate protection, creditor protection, and income tax and probate planning as circumstances require.
Craig has significant experience assisting families with children who have disabilities. This includes educating parents on the planning required to protect ODSP benefits for their children and utilizing the legal tools to secure this protection, advocating on behalf of families when beneficiaries’ ODSP benefits are at risk, and representing families where court-ordered guardianship is required to care for their loved ones. Craig is a director of Community Living Mississauga and sits on their Rights Review Committee.
Craig has a robust estate administration practice, dealing with business assets, trusts, multiple jurisdictions, and conflict resolution, and has expertise in dealing with inter-vivos trusts, specifically in the utilization of trusts in business succession planning, probate planning and as a tool to achieve diverse client objectives. He also has an estate litigation and conflict resolution practice, dealing with conflicts in estates with a focus on the duties of Estate Trustees, conflict between beneficiaries and estate trustees, conflict among estate trustees and other administration and interpretation issues.