Ontario Bar, 1997
M.A. (Econ.) McMaster University, Hamilton 1995
LL.B. University of Western Ontario, London 1994
B.A. (Hons. Econ.) University of Waterloo, Waterloo 1990
Blair L. Botsford is a member of the Wills, Trusts and Estates group and has focussed her practice in the area of Wills, powers of attorney, planning for incapacity, disability planning, estate administration and probate, trusts, estate and business succession planning and related taxation throughout her career. Blair’s practice also includes dispute resolution, guardianship applications as well as mediation and facilitation.
Practice experience has included running her own firm as well as being a partner at two national Canadian law firms and practising in the Bermuda office of an international law firm. This has allowed Blair the opportunity to work with a wide range of clients on matters of varying complexity.
Committed to giving back to the legal community, Blair has taught the Wills and Estates section of the Bar Admission Course as well as working for the Law Society of Upper Canada to develop Bar exam questions on these topics. She is a speaker and contributor to continuing education programs and co-founder of the Estate Practitioners of Waterloo Region (“EPOWR”) discussion group. Blair is also the past editor and primary author of the Will and Probate Planning Chapter in the Miller Thomson on Estate Planning reference series published by Carswell.
Blair is working with a respected ADR firm to build and co-present two custom workshops related to having difficult conversations. One is related to elder care and the other one focusses on estate, trust and business succession. This project is a result of Blair’s interest in alternative dispute resolution and strong belief that the best way to manage conflict is effective communication and thoughtful planning to reduce the opportunity for conflict to arise.
Professional memberships include: the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations, Toronto and Halton Region Estate Planning Councils, and the Halton Region Law Association.
Blair completed her law degree at the University of Western Ontario. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in honours economics from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Arts in economics from McMaster University.
In her spare time, Blair enjoys gardening, trying new slow cooker recipes, knitting throws for donation to nursing homes, and is an avid reader.