Albert Oosterhoff

CounselWEL PartnersWills, Trusts & Estates (Ontario)

Professor Albert Oosterhoff was called to the Ontario Bar in 1966 and practised in London with Shepherd, McKenzie, Plaxton, Little & Jenkins until 1968. He taught at the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor from 1969 until 1972. He joined the Faculty of Law at Western University in 1972, where he held the positions of Associate Dean (Academic), Associate Dean (Administration) and Acting Dean. He was awarded the title "Professor Emeritus" on his retirement in 2005. From 2005 to 2013 he served as an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. His texts and articles are cited regularly by all levels of the Canadian courts and his trusts and wills texts are widely used in Canadian Law Schools.

Professor Albert H. Oosterhoff holds a BA and a JD from Western University, and an LLM from the University of Toronto. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1966 and practiced in London with Shepherd, McKenzie, Plaxton, Little & Jenkins until 1968. He taught at the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor from 1969 until 1972, when he joined the Faculty of Law at Western University. At Western he held the positions of Associate Dean (Academic), Associate Dean (Administration), and Acting Dean. He was awarded the title “Professor Emeritus” on his retirement in 2005. From 2005 to 2013 he served as an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, where he taught Trusts.

Albert’s research and teaching interests are in Wills and Estates, Trusts, and Property. He has written numerous articles, comments, and books in those areas, regularly presents papers in Continuing Professional Development programs, and has written several reports and studies for the Ontario Law Reform Commission and the Uniform Law Conference of Canada. He was an Associate Editor of the Dominion Law Reports and Canadian Criminal Cases from 1973 to 2007, and Associate Editor of the Ontario Reports from 1973-1981 and 1983-1990. He also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Estates and Trusts Journal.

His texts include Anger and Honsberger, Law of Real Property, 2nd ed. (with W.B. Rayner) (Canada Law Book, 1985); Oosterhoff on Wills, 8th ed. (with C. David Freedman, Mitchell McInnes, and Adam Parachin) (Thomson Reuters/Carswell, 2016), 9th edition forthcoming in 2021; and Oosterhoff on Trusts, 9th ed. (with Robert Chambers and Mitchell McInnes) (Thomson Reuters/Carswell, 2019). Albert’s texts and articles are cited regularly by all levels of the Canadian courts and the Trusts and Wills texts are widely used in Canadian Law Schools.

Albert is counsel to WEL Partners and provides opinions to lawyers and law firms on issues in estates, wills, trusts, and aspects of property law.

In 2019 the Ontario Bar Association presented Albert with a Distinguished Service Award and the Award for Excellence in Trusts and Estates Law; and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) named him an honorary member.

Albert enjoys singing. He also loves writing and making words on the page sing.

Education

  • Western University, B.A.
  • Western University, J.D.
  • University of Toronto, LL.M.

Bar Admission

  • Ontario, 1966

Awards & Honours

  • 2019 Ontario Bar Association: Distinguished Service Award
  • 2019 Ontario Bar Association: Award for Excellence in Trusts and Estates Law
  • 2019 Society of Trusts and Testate Practitioners (TEP) named him as an honorary member

Associations

  • The Canadian Bar Association
  • The Ontario Bar Association
  • The Ontario Bar Association – Wills and Trusts section
  • The National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly
  • The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (Honorary Member)