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Craig Ross

Craig Ross Partner

Craig Ross heads up the firm’s Wills, Estates & Trusts Practice and is a member of the Estate Litigation Group and the Family Business Law Group.

Practice

Craig works closely with clients and other professional advisors to develop a customized estate plan which gives 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 also represents and advises trustees, beneficiaries, heirs, and dependants in the administration of trusts, and in disputes that arise therefrom.

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 is also a regular speaker and writer on subjects of estate planning and planning for beneficiaries with disabilities. His articles have appeared in the Toronto Star, Armstrong on Estate Administration (Ontario) and in the Law Society of Upper Canada and Ontario Bar Association publications, and he has taught professional development sessions on this subject.

Craig is Vice President of the Board of Directors of Community Living Mississauga and Past President of the Board of Directors of the Estate Planning Council of Mississauga.

Craig is the 2014 recipient of the Volunteer MBC John Huether Award for Volunteering Excellence. He is also the 2017 recipient of the Civic Award of Recognition from the City of Mississauga for dedicated volunteer service and community achievement.

Special Designation

Recognized as a leading practitioner in the area of Estate and Tax Planning by the Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory.
Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016 in the field of Trusts and Estates.

Professional Memberships

Member, Canadian Bar Association
Member, Ontario Bar Association
Member, Board of Directors for Community Living Mississauga
Member, Peel Law Association

Education

B.A. (Hons.), University of Toronto (2002)
LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School (2005)
Called to the Ontario Bar, 2006

Best Lawyers in Canada honours 2 Pallett Valo lawyers – 2016-08-10

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Pallett Valo LLP has earned my trust and loyalty based on their extensive legal knowledge and expertise, further enhanced by their prompt service and attention to detail.
Mark Hallink