Joseph has a formidable record in 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. He is experienced working with clients, lawyers and other parties both in the United States and overseas including Bermuda, Turks & Caicos Islands, Australia, Europe and the United Kingdom.
Joseph makes regular media appearances on television and in newspapers, speaking about estates matters and providing an expert perspective on issues of the day.
Joseph’s primary areas of practice are Estates and Family law. In addition to advising on separation, divorce, and property disputes, he advises and represents clients on:
- Estate Planning
- Probate & Estate Administration
- Wills and trusts
- Powers of attorney
- Estate litigation
- Inter-jurisdictional disputes involving spouses and property
- Separation Agreements
- Marriage and Domestic contracts
- Hague Convention on Child Abduction cases
Joseph’s practice also includes civil and tax litigation including administrative and regulatory law matters, and consumer protection.
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 has also worked as both a tribunal adjudicator and administrative law prosecutor.
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. He was also involved in the development and implementation of a number of key justice system and family court reforms, including amendments to the rules of court.
The wide breadth of Joseph’s legal experience includes extensive dealings with public sector agencies, organisations and ministries such as the Ministry of Consumer Services, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the Canada Border Services Agency, and the Public Guardian and Trustee.
A global perspective
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.
- Law Society of Upper Canada
- Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
- Ontario Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Law Section and Family Law Section
- The Advocates’ Society
- Family Lawyers Association
- Toronto Lawyers Association