Wolfe Goodman, Q.C., one of the foremost minds in Canadian Estates and Trusts law, recently passed away. Mr. Goodman’s accomplishments and impact were briefly described in the most recent issue of the OBA’s Briefly Speaking.

I did not know Mr. Goodman personally, but the loss of someone like him is nevertheless cause for reflection on the vital role senior lawyers play in the profession. I was blessed early on in my career to work for Melville O’Donohue, Q.C., a lawyer of some fifty years worth of experience. The practice habits I picked up from Mr. O’Donohue were invaluable and, I can only hope, long-lasting.

I suspect that literally thousands of lawyers would say similar things about Mr. Goodman.

An example closer to home is Rodney Hull, Q.C., Hull & Hull’s co-founder and likely the most accomplished estate litigator in the Province of Ontario during the last half-century. I can often get a better answer to a question after two minutes with Rodney than 5 hours of research in the library would get me.

Knowledge, judgment and experience are the probably the most valuable assets a lawyer can possess, and the most difficult to obtain, which makes lawyers like Mr. Goodman priceless and irreplaceable to the profession, and, by extension, the public as well.

Thanks for reading.

Sean Graham