Mary Anne Bueschkens is a leading trusts and estates practitioner who regularly advises her private clients on the taxation, establishment, and administration of domestic and offshore trusts and estates. She also advises her private clients on business succession planning, strategic business growth, the establishment and ongoing operations of charities and not-for-profit corporations, and tax-effective immigration and emigration planning.
As counsel to private clients, businesses, investment groups, trust companies, philanthropists, and institutional and individual trustees and fiduciaries in the estates, trusts, tax planning and charities areas, Mary Anne is often involved in multi-jurisdictional legal and tax issues, and is known for having particular specialization in this area as well as for having access to a broad network of professionals, both domestic and international, for all of the planning related needs of her clients.
Mary Anne is also involved in advising the boards of privately held companies and assists in co-ordinating and advising on succession planning and strategic planning, including acquisitions, divestitures and global expansion.
Mary Anne is consulted on in the area of contentious and non-contentious estate litigation matters and mediation, both for private clients and for corporate trustees. In addition, she assists her clients with the preparation of domestic contracts and with onshore and offshore asset protection structures as part of an overall succession plan.
Mary Anne has written and lectured extensively in the area of estate, tax and trust planning and administration, on both domestic and international issues, for the Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations, the Canadian Tax Foundation, The Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. She has published papers in The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law as well as in Canadian and international publications. Former Chair of STEP Toronto and current Chair of STEP Canada, Mary Anne is an elected Academician and serves on the Executive Council of The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law.
Mary Anne is recognized as a leading trusts and estates practitioner in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Woodward/White) and in Euromoney’s 2011 Guide to the World’s Leading Trust & Estate Practitioners. She is also Chair of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. She has been recognized in the 2012 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in estate and personal tax planning.
Mary Anne is also on the Board of Governors of the Royal Ontario Museum.
- LL.B., York University (Osgoode Hall Law School), 1988
- MBA, University of Windsor, 1986
- B.Comm., University of Windsor, 1984
- B.Sc., University of Western Ontario, 1983
- Canadian Bar Association
- Canadian Tax Foundation
- Ontario Bar Association
- Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
- The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law
- The Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario)