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Estates Mediator | Trusts Mediator
Will and Estates Disputes Mediation
Trusts Disputes Mediation

David Alderson, LL.B, LL.M, Q. Arb.

David Alderson
Estates Mediator
Phone: (416) 979 2020 ext 230
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David Alderson, LL.B, LL.M accepts will, estates and trusts mediator appointments.
He offers appointment on reasonable fees and with good availability.

Estates and Trusts Mediator – Approach to Resolve Disputes

David Alderson seeks to be a resolver, an effective mediator, by being an interactive listener, a facilitator of communications and negotiation, and when the parties to a dispute require it, a neutral evaluator.

With over 40 years of practice as a lawyer in a very wide variety of disputes, both in local and international practices, David brings to the mediation a broad competence in facilitating the process, assisting parties to articulate their interests and to define the issues, and in subject matter neutral evaluation. He is equally at home in the context of complex, multi-party, and two-party single-issue disputes. David is on the Ontario Bar Association Remote Mediation Roster of Mediators.

He is confident about the mediation process and considers that it provides the best prospect of resolving a dispute without resort to the expensive, time-consuming and disruptive process involved in traditional court-based litigation. David promotes principled negotiations so that the parties can assert and negotiate their interests, by an agreed process, on the path to a resolution acceptable to all parties. He can assist the parties to find viable options in their principled negotiations of the issues.

David will actively help parties get to the facts, and identify their respective interests, whether in a joint session or in caucus, and to overcome obstacles to a principled negotiation.

Estates and Trusts Mediator – Background

David has ADR experience, both here and abroad, and is aware of the variety of litigation styles, of recognizing and discerning cultural interests in dispute resolution, and of the need to evokethe articulation of the interests by the parties, so that they may find a resolution of their disputes. David has considerable, and long-standing practice experience in complex arbitration, and more recently, as an arbitrator. He has been appointed as an arbitrator by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to adjudicate commercial matters.

He holds a LL.B (Osgoode) 1980 and a LL.M (Lond.) 1988. David has practiced litigation and arbitration in Ontario, London England, Bermuda and Dubai. He is also admitted in New York state, but currently practices only the laws of Ontario and Canada, though brings his global experience of dispute resolution to each mediation. He is a Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb).

David has taught both contemporary business ethics and communications at university level.

Wills and Estates Mediator | Trusts Mediator

David can be engaged to mediate any dispute other than family law or criminal law matters. He is equally qualified in disputes that have, or may result in civil litigation, and whether complex or seemingly simple.

He can be appointed to mediate a wide variety of estates and trusts  disputes, including those set out below:

    • Construction of Wills
    • Interpretation of Wills
    • Validity of Wills
    • Contested Wills
    • Testamentary Capacity
    • Capacity to Make Will
    • Capacity to Change Will
    • Estate Trustee / Beneficiary Issues
    • Estate Trustee Compensation
    • Passing of Accounts Issues
    • Power of Attorney Issues
    • Power of Attorney for Property
    • Dependents Support Claims
    • Family Law Act Claims
    • Trust Interpretation
    • Trust Variation Disputes
    • Trustee / Beneficiary Issues
    • Replacement of Trustee
    • Trustee Compensation

Estates and Trusts Mediator – Appointment

A draft Mediation Agreement, including Terms of Appointment, is available on request from the Intake Coordinator

A sample Mediation Agreement, including Terms of Appointment can be downloaded here. The Password is available from the Intake Coordinator

Contact the Intake Coordinator at (416) 979 2020, ext. 223 or by email at for David’s availability as mediator and the fee rate for your intended mediation.

Hourly Rate Fee: $565.00 per hour, plus facilities and applicable taxes. Daily and Half Day Rates available.
Lower Rate if Disputes About $1 Million or Less
Languages: English

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    David Alderson

    LL.B, LL.M, Q.Arb
    Estates Mediator
    $565 per hour*
    Lower Rate if Disputes About $1 Million or Less

    *plus facilities and applicable taxes.