David Freedman


David Freedman was called to the bar in 1990 and joined Hull & Hull as counsel in 2014.

David Freedman is a tenured law professor and recognized authority in estates and trusts law as well as a certified specialist practitioner. David teaches courses in Wills & Estates Law, Trusts, and Estate Litigation in the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University (please visit his academic web-site for more information). His knowledge of the law is complemented by his practical skills as a lawyer and he has been certified by the Law Society as a specialist in estates and trusts law. David has served clients of all types and in all circumstances, from the clients of very modest means with quite conventional needs (he founded and directed the first Elder Law Clinic at a Canadian law school) to those of considerable means facing complex litigation involving high value family and offshore trusts and complicated corporate assets. He emphasizes a close working relationship with his clients to resolve the important challenges that they face.

Certified Legal Specialties

Estates and Trusts Law



Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Oxford University
Cambridge University

Published Works

  • Oosterhoff on Wills and Succession, 8th ed., Carswell (forthcoming)
  • “Administration of Trusts” in The Law of Trusts: A Contextual Approach, 3rd ed. (Emond Montgomery, 2015)
  • “Summary Judgment and the Law of Probate” (2014), 34 Estates, Trusts & Pensions Journal 199.
  • “The ‘Opinion, Advice, and Direction’ of the Court: Principles, Procedures, and Judicial Blessings” Estates Trusts and Pensions Journal, 2013
  • “Disputes Amongst Multiple Trustees: What Rights Does A Minority Estate Trustee Have Against An Oppressive Majority?,”  Estates Trusts and Pensions Journal 41.
  • “Misfeasance, Nonfeasance and the Self-Interested Attorney” (2011), 48 Osgoode Hall Law Journal 457.
  • “Unjust Enrichment Claims Against the Estate Based on the Provision of Services to the Deceased” (2009), 29 Estates, Trusts & Pensions Journal 59.
  • “The Presumption of Advancement Retreats, Rebuttal Evidence Expands, And Estate Litigation Lawyers Rejoice” (2007), 27 Estates, Trusts & Pensions Journal 5. [winner of the Widdifield Prize]
  • “Reassessing Gratuitous Transfers by Parents to Adult Children” (2005), 25 Estates, Trusts & Pensions Journal 174.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Society of Upper Canada, Member
  • Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners, Member
  • The Advocates Society, Member
  • The Frontenac Law Association, Member
  • Canadian Tax Foundation, Member