Mary-Alice Thompson *
Mary-Alice Thompson* is our partner responsible for the Wills and Estates Law Group, and she also practises Real Estate. Mary-Alice is the only estate planning lawyer in Kingston recognized by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Certified Specialist in Estates and Trusts Law.
Mary-Alice puts her expertise to work for you by offering advice and assistance in making some of the hardest decisions in life. She can help with all aspects of estate planning, including wills, trusts, and powers of attorney. She offers expert advice to help you:
- to minimize future conflicts,
- to facilitate tax savings, and
- to protect your peace of mind.
If you are an executor with a difficult or confusing estate, she offers practical and knowledgeable guidance to help you negotiate the administration and keep you out of court. She also works with charitable trusts and corporations, and advises on issues of charitable gifting, changes to charitable status, and applications under s. 13 of the Charities Accounting Act.
Before joining Cunningham Swan in 2010, Mary-Alice worked for a trust company, and for many years in her own successful practice as a Trust and Estate Practitioner. She keeps up on the latest developments in estate matters, and is frequently invited to speak on topics in estate planning, estate administration and elder law, in which she has a special interest. Mary-Alice been a sessional and guest lecturer at the Queen’s Law School, and has also taught at the University of Alberta (English not Law), St. Lawrence College and for the Bar Admission Course of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Mary-Alice loves to garden, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at her front yard. She has two accomplished children and three amazing grandchildren. In addition to gardening, she is addicted to long-distance walking, chamber music, and Scotch, and outside the office she generally just does what her cat tells her to!
Drafting Wills in Ontario: A Lawyer’s Practical Guide. Toronto: CCH, 2003, with Robyn Solnik.
Drafting Wills in Canada: A Lawyer’s Practical Guide. Toronto: CCH, 2012, with Robyn Solnik.
“Seeing Double: Mary-Alice Thompson looks at ‘double wills’ and other unfamiliar aspects of will-drafting in Ontario”. The STEP Journal (London), XIV, 8 (October 2006).
“Issues about Issue: What Does ‘All That Legalese’ Really Mean?” with Robyn Solnik, OBA Righting Wills IV, Toronto, May 2008.
“Winding up the Estate,” LSUC: Practice Gems — Probate Essentials, Toronto, September 22, 2008.
“Mutual Wills and Mirror Wills,” Frontenac Law Association, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Legal Conference, Gananoque, September 2008.
“Difficult Assets to Administer,” LSUC: Practice Gems — Probate Essentials II, Toronto, September 17, 2010.
“Mutual Wills and More,” Beyond Estate and Trust Essentials (OBA), Toronto, May 2011.
“Resealing and Ancillary Grants”, Probate Essentials III (LSUC), Toronto, September 2011 and October 2011.
“Family Transfers”, Real Property Law: So What Keeps You Up At Night? (OBA), Toronto, September 2011 and October 2011.
“Amendments to the Estate Administration Tax Act, 1998,” Probate Essentials III (LSUC), Toronto, 13 September 2012.
“Unusual Bequests and Beneficiaries,” Probate Essentials IV (LSUC), Toronto, 19 September 2013.