An Ontario judge has ruled against a lawyer involved in an estates dispute who’s seeking to enforce a provision in the settlement agreement that would see a woman withdraw her complaint against him to the Law Society of Upper Canada.
The woman was Sandi Thompson, one of the beneficiaries of her mother’s estate. The beneficiaries delivered notice of objection after the trustees, including lawyer William Martin, began an application to pass their accounts. The parties settled following a pretrial conference on June 14.
Thompson, however, had filed a complaint with the LSUC against Martin two years earlier. The agreement had a term that the beneficiaries would provide the trustees with a full release, including all pending and future actions filed with the law society.