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Nozomi (Zoe) Smith

Lawyer
Nozomi Zoe Smith
Areas of Expertise:

Education

LL.B., Chuo University (2001)
LL.M., Chuo University (2003)
LL.M., University of Toronto (2004)
J.D., University of Toronto (2009)

Called to the Ontario Bar, 2010

Other Languages

Japanese

Practice

Zoe Smith is a Member of the Wills, Estates & Trusts Practice. 

Zoe has a broad wills, estates and trusts practice, providing estate planning advice to business owners, professionals, families of children with disabilities and individuals with foreign assets or beneficiaries and complex family relationships. Zoe also acts for Executors, Estate Trustees, Trustees, Attorneys for Property and Personal Care and beneficiaries of estates and trusts.

Zoe assists clients on a broad range of estate planning, incapacity planning and business succession matters. She advises business owners, professionals, blended families, clients with foreign assets or beneficiaries and beneficiaries with disability. Zoe prepares powers of attorney for property and personal care, Wills, Multiple Wills, Will agreements, family trusts, Alter Ego Trusts, insurance trusts, spousal trusts, trusts for US beneficiaries and disabled beneficiaries. Zoe carefully attends to her clients’ needs and wishes and offers personalized estate planning solutions to ensure that her clients’ wishes be carried out smoothly after death or upon incapacity.

Zoe advises Executors, Trustees and Attorneys for Property and Personal Care and assists them navigating through the administration of estates and trusts. Zoe recognizes common challenges in modern estates and crafts practical solutions focusing on minimizing Estate Trustees’ liability and early resolution of conflict during the estate administration. Zoe’s experience entails handling complex estates involving corporate assets, foreign assets or beneficiaries, disabled beneficiaries, insolvent estates, joint assets, blended families, successions of Trustees, estate accounting and difficult beneficiaries.

Zoe also handles international estate planning and estate administration matters. As one of the few native speakers of Japanese in the Ontario Bar, in combination with her legal education in both Japan and Canada, Zoe is able to assist individuals and families in estate planning and administration matters arising in Ontario and Japan seamlessly. Zoe’s understanding of both legal systems, cultures and languages, allows her to serve the unique niche of cross-jurisdictional estate issues. She has a network of estate lawyers and accountants in Japan who assist her clients on the Japanese side.

Special Designations

  • Designated by the Canadian Institute of Certified Executor Advisors as a Certified Executor Advisor

Memberships

  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers
  • Member, Estate Planning Council of Mississauga
  • Member (Firm Representative), Japanese Toronto Association of Commerce and Industry (Toronto Shokokai)
  • Member, Association of Japanese Canadian Businesses and Professionals (Shinkikai)
  • Governance Chair, National Advisory Committee, Certified Executor Advisor Network

Publications

Other Publications and Presentations

    • Monthly article series, Beginner’s Guide to Estate Planning, TORJA – January 2018-present (available in Japanese)
    • Speaker: Introduction to Ontario’s Estates Law and Challenges to Japan-Canada Estate Administration, hosted by Hokusei Law Office, in Tokyo – July 2018.
    • Speaker: Introduction to Ontario’s Estates Law and Challenges to Japan-Canada Estate Administration, hosted by International Estate Practitioners Group, at Homma & Partners, Tokyo – July 2018.
    • Reflecting the history of Japanese Canadians through my estate Practice, Trillium, Toronto Japanese Association of Commerce and History – March 2018 (available in Japanese)
    • Interviewed by TORJA, The Japanese Estate Lawyer Bridging the Gap Between Generations and Languages – January 2018 (available in Japanese)
    • Monthly article series, Estate Planning Basics, e-Nikka, November 2014-December 2016
    • Frequent speaker for estate planning seminars, Japanese Social Services
    • Frequent speaker for estate planning seminars, Momiji Health Care Society
    • Frequent speaker for estate planning seminars, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
    • Frequent speaker for estate planning seminars, Halton Multicultural Council

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