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Peter R. Welsh

Specialist in Estates & Trust Law

For nearly 40 years, Peter R. Welsh has practiced Corporate and Commercial Law both on behalf of some of Canada’s largest financial institutions, real estate developers and publicly listed Corporations as well as in the representation of entrepreneurial, owner-managed companies, independent businesses, associations, and individuals. His practice is primarily devoted to Business Law, encompassing business start-ups, financial services, real estate, succession and estate planning, restructuring, and commercial transactions.

Peter’s experience in the business side of law assisting entrepreneurs with their succession planning is particularly valuable for estate planning.  Even a presumption that one’s Estate is simple, is turned on its head if it develops that even minor asset values require probate before they can be transferred, which, unfortunately, is almost always the case.

Peter brings to his clients the wisdom of experience, a personal, hands-on approach, and his resources as a skillful negotiator and planner with attention to detail.

When a crisis occurs or a business opportunity arises, we bring to your interests both a results-oriented approach and unique and ready access to a vast network of related professional resources affiliated to our practice through Peter’s four decades of involvement directly in the Toronto and Halton local legal and business community.

Prior to establishing his Oakville Principal Office, Peter was a consultant to or Partner in several large legal firms in Canada and maintains relationships with widely recognized experts in various specialized areas of the practice of law.

Bachelor of Arts (Economics), 1969, McMaster
University Bachelor of Laws, 1972, University of New Brunswick
Master of Business Administration, 1975, University of Western Ontario

Corporate Counsel to Feltmate Delibato Heagle LLP, Halton’s business law firm
RD Law, Mississauga Commercial and Family Law Litigation Specialist
Shaffiq Dar, with RealCorp Law Professional Corporation, a Real Estate designated Professional

Partner – Aylesworth Thompson, now Dickinson Wright, a multi-national Law Firm
Partner – Lyons Goodman LLP Partner – Morris Rose Ledgett LLP
Consultant – Bennett Jones LLP Consultant – Fraser Milner Casgrain (now Denton’s LLP)

Special Advisor – Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, Ottawa
Associate General Counsel, The Cadillac Fairview
Corporation Lecturer – George Brown and Seneca Colleges of Applied Arts and Sciences on Business Law

Law Society of Ontario Halton County Law Association
Oakville Chamber of CommerceEstate Planning Council of Halton
Honorary Lifetime Membership, The Boulevard Club Limited (Past President and Director)
Clublink Corporation

Peter R. Welsh, B.A., LLB, M.B.A.Barrister and Solicitor
Email: Peter@SmartWills.ca

Peter R. Welsh holds a Bachelor of Arts (economics) degree from McMaster University, 1969, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of New Brunswick, 1972. Following his call to the Bar in New Brunswick, he practiced Corporate and Commercial Law with Hanson, Hashey & Scott in Fredericton, NB.  Returning to Ontario, he graduated from the University Of Western Ontario Ivy School Of Business with a Master’s degree in Business Administration in 1975. An appointment as Special Advisor to the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, Government of Canada was followed by Peter’s engagement by The Cadillac Fairview Corporation as Associate General Counsel until returning to private practice in now, Dickinson Wright LLP in 1978.  Peter has authored material on Franchise Law and commercial leasing published by Canada Law Book and has lectured on matters as diverse as director’s and officer’s responsibilities and liabilities in Canada, enforcement of creditor rights, franchise businesses, succession planning for entrepreneurial enterprises, governance, and financial restructuring.