Joseph specializes in estate law, focusing on estate planning, litigation, wills and trusts, as well as probate and estate administration. He has a formidable record successfully negotiating settlements and achieving positive results for his clients, avoiding costly and lengthy litigation. He frequently advises in cases involving assets and individuals located in other jurisdictions, particularly The United States and overseas including Bermuda, Turks & Caicos Islands, Australia, Europe and the United Kingdom.
Joseph’s wide-ranging professional experience includes serving as Crown Counsel with the Ministry of the Attorney General, advising on family, civil, and estates law matters. There he was involved in the development and implementation of a number of key justice system and family court reforms, including amendments to the rules of court. He has also worked as both a tribunal adjudicator and administrative law prosecutor. The wide breadth of Joseph’s legal experience includes extensive dealings with public sector agencies, organizations and ministries such as the Ministry of Consumer Services, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the Canada Border Services Agency, and the Public Guardian and Trustee.
Joseph regularly appears in the Superior Court of Justice on behalf of clients and as a barrister agent on behalf of other lawyers and law firms. He is a member of The Law Society of Upper Canada, The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), Ontario Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Law Section, The Advocates Society and Toronto Lawyers Association.
Before entering the law, Joseph undertook doctoral studies and taught for nearly a decade at the University of Toronto. He was awarded an M.A. from Queen’s University and a B.A. (with first class honours) from Dalhousie University, followed by his law degree from the University of Victoria.
While at law school, Joseph gained a valuable and unique global perspective by completing part of his degree at Utrecht University, Faculty of Law in the Netherlands.
Awards and Accolades
“Joseph Gyverson is acting for me on multi-jurisdictional probate matter. I find he has an amazing ability to distill complex points into easily understandable submissions, which have proved very effective indeed.”