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Drafting a will that can stand up to challenges is the cornerstone of a successful estates practice. This intensive, learn-by-doing one day program provides a unique opportunity to hone your drafting skills while receiving individualized feedback.

This program is part of The Osgoode Intensive Program in Wills & Estates. For a full listing of required programs, click here.

Drafting a tightly worded will can protect you from potential challenges, and is a skill that requires thoughtful consideration and practice. When a client comes into your office requesting a will, it is critical that you are prepared to competently draft based on varying, and sometimes, complex scenarios.

OsgoodePD’s Intensive Will Drafting Workshop will provide you with the tools and confidence you need to succeed.

The day long program includes sample fact scenarios, lectures and small group breakout sessions. Personalized feedback will provide you with ample opportunity to develop and refine your drafting skills.

You must be prepared to complete a pre-program introductory webinar and drafting assignment which will be reviewed by an experienced faculty member and discussed in small groups at the program. You will be asked to refer to your own templates and precedents in order to complete the assignment. 

The pre-program assignment is due on January 30, 2019.

You will learn:

  • How to avoid common drafting errors
  • The basic administrative and preamble clauses that should be included in a will, and how to revise them given different fact situations
  • The components of a Simple Will, and the situations in which it is appropriate to use
    • You will practice modifying standard clauses to effectively reflect client needs articulated in various fact scenarios
  • How to incorporate clauses to a situation where a family cottage or a second marriage may be involved
  • When to use multiple wills, and how to effectively draft them



  • Corina S. Weigl, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Program Faculty

  • Maureen Berry, Fasken
  • Rachel Blumenfeld, Aird & Berlis LLP
  • Ed Esposto, Aird & Berlis LLP
  • Laura Kerr, Low Murchison Radnoff LLP
  • Mary-Alice Thompson, Cunningham Swan Lawyers
  • Laura Tyrrell, Tyrrell Law


Fees include attendance, program materials, lunch and break refreshments.

Group Discounts

OsgoodePD offers group rates for both on site and webcast formats. Please note these are only available when registering for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the Intensive Program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Cancellations and Substitutions

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 14 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 14 days notice, a $75 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.

Technical Support

In the event you experience technical difficulties, please contact opdsupport@osgoode.yorku.ca for assistance.


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Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Questions on the program content?
Please contact the Program Lawyer:
Gail Geronimo at ggeronimo@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

February 14, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
In Person


Osgoode Professional Development Centre,
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor Toronto, ON

Fee per Delegate

$695 plus HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Junior estates lawyers, or those wishing to hone their drafting skills

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