Bales Beall LLP

Collaborative. Comprehensive. Caring.

We are a boutique law firm in downtown Toronto with a simple yet meaningful purpose: to provide you and your family with exceptionally strong and competent legal counsel.

Legal challenges shouldn’t take over your life. We are problem solvers, trusted legal advisors and business confidants. If it’s important to you, it’s important to us.

Our lawyers are driven by their passion for law. When you partner with us, your best interests become ours.

Karon C. Bales

Karon C. Bales

Partner

Charles E. Beall

Charles E. Beall

Partner

Kristine J. Anderson

Kristine J. Anderson

Partner

Jessica Feldman

Jessica Feldman

Senior Associate

Richard Diamond

Richard Diamond

Senior Associate

Alexander Turner

Alexander Turner

Associate

Sarah Engel

Sarah Engel

Associate

David Johnston

David Johnston

Associate

Karon is a founding partner of Bales Beall LLP whose experience speaks for itself. Her practice is centred on family law, wills and estate issues. Her experience in trial and appellate advocacy in family law and estate matters is extensive, particularly with those involving partnerships, business corporations and commercial issues. Karon also provides sound guidance with estate administration and planning, domestic and off-shore trusts, and succession planning for owners of family businesses. Her expertise also extends to mediation, as she’s been conducting private mediations for over 10 years in the areas of family law and estate litigation – most often for cases where those two areas of the law intersect. Karon’s passion and dedication shine through her work. She’s been listed in Best Lawyers – Canada (the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession) since 2006.

Professional Accreditations and Affiliations

Certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Estates and Trusts Law and in Family Law
Member, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) – Worldwide
Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers
Academician, International Academy of Estate and Trust Law
Member, The Canadian Bar Association
Member, The Ontario Bar Association
Member, The Advocates’ Society

Professional and Charitable Activities

Adjunct Professor, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law
Governor, International Academy of Family Lawyers
Member of the Executive and Treasurer, Canadian Chapter, IAFL
Past Chair and Board Member of Nightwood Theatre
President and Trustee, Seeing Eye Organization (Canada)
Trustee of The Seeing Eye Inc. (US)

Education

University of Toronto (1977), J.D.

Year of Call

1979 (Ontario)

Get to Know Karon Better

Karon is an avid traveller. Ask her where she’s been recently.

Contact information

Phone: 416 203 4540
Email: kbales@balesbeall.com

Charles is a founding partner of Bales Beall LLP whose practice focuses on resolving estate, family wealth and disputes related to family-owned businesses. Charles thrives as a strategic thinker. His extensive litigation experience includes corporate, commercial and securities matters, civil proceedings, judicial inquiries, professional liability and Crown prosecution. As a trained mediator, Charles possesses an exceptional ability to participate in the mediation process and develop resolutions that stimulate creativity and, more importantly, build trust.

Professional Accreditations and Affiliations

Member, The Canadian Bar Association
Member, The Ontario Bar Association
Member, The Advocates’ Society

Professional and Charitable Activities

Governor of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival
Vice Chair of the Toronto Power Squadron
North York General Hospital Foundation Board (past Chair)
National Legal Officer and Director of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron
Member, Model Railroad Club of Toronto

Education

University of Ottawa (1979), LL.B.

Year of Call

1981 (Ontario)

Get to know Charles Better

Charles is an avid photographer. If you’re lucky, he’ll show you some of his work.

Contact information

Phone: 416 203 4550
Email: cbeall@balesbeall.com

Kristine joined Bales Beall LLP as a partner in 2016. Her practice focuses on estate and civil litigation. Kristine helps clients find the best path by delivering effective and creative advice on estate matters, power of attorney disputes and guardianship applications. She also represents clients in contractual disputes, commercial tenancies, shareholder and partnership disputes, employment matters, and she defends lawyers in professional liability claims.

Professional Accreditations and Affiliations

Member, The Canadian Bar Association
Member, The Ontario Bar Association
Member, The Advocates’ Society

Professional and Charitable Activities

Verity Artist Collective

Education

Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law (2000), LL.B

Year of Call

2002 (Ontario)
2001 (Nova Scotia)

Get to Know Kristine Better

Kristine’s second love, after law, is painting. She exhibits her landscapes and cityscapes several times a year.

Contact information

Phone: 416 203 4548
Email: kanderson@balesbeall.com

Jessica is a senior associate at Bales Beall LLP whose practice is devoted to estate and trust planning as well as estate administration. As part of her estate planning practice, she advises clients on tax minimization strategies at death, and drafts wills, trusts, continuing powers of attorney for property, and powers of attorney for personal care. On the estate administration side, Jessica routinely advises executors of estates on how to carry out their duties and walks them through the entire process. Clients appreciate her good counsel and support on both sides of estate matters, as she always ensures her clients’ interests are executed.

Professional Accreditations and Affiliations

Member, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) – Worldwide
Member, The Canadian Bar Association
Member, The Ontario Bar Association

Professional and Charitable Activities

Executive Committee Member of the OBA’s Trusts and Estates Law Section since 2012
Adjunct Professor, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law

Education

Osgoode Hall Law School (2008), LL.B

Year of Call

2009 (Ontario)

Get to Know Jessica Better

Before earning her law degree, Jessica received her B.Sc. in Physiology from McGill University.

Contact information

Phone: 416 203 4016
Email: jfeldman@balesbeall.com

Richard is a senior associate at Bales Beall LLP, practicing in the areas of family law, estate and civil litigation. His family law practice focuses heavily on the resolution of disputes through negotiation and alternative methods of resolution. His versatility and experience allow him to effectively provide advice to clients on matters surrounding separation and divorce, custody, visitation, child support, spousal support and the division of marital property.

Professional Accreditations and Affiliations

Member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Member, The Canadian Bar Association
Member, The Ontario Bar Association
Member, The Advocates’ Society

Education

University of Western Ontario (2008), LL.B

Year of Call

2012 (Ontario)
2009 (Manitoba)

Get to Know Richard Better

Outside of law, Richard has been very active in politics. Prior to law school, he served as an assistant in the offices of several federal cabinet ministers as well as an intern in the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada. He also served as national president of the youth wing for a major Canadian political party.

Contact information

Phone: 416 203 4535
Email: rdiamond@balesbeall.com

Alex is an associate at Bales Beall LLP and practices in the areas of estate litigation, civil litigation and employment law. His experience extends to litigating estate disputes, including will challenges and interpretation applications, guardianship applications, passing of accounts, dependents’ relief claims, and other proceedings that involve estates. He also provides general advice to guardians and attorneys for property and personal care and to estate trustees and beneficiaries about their rights and obligations.

Professional Accreditations and Affiliations

Member, The Canadian Bar Association
Member, The Ontario Bar Association
Member, The Advocates’ Society
Student Member, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) – Worldwide

Education

Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University (2012), J.D.

Year of Call

2013 (Ontario)
2015 (New York)

Get to Know Alexander Better

In 2011, he was a member of Schulich’s moot team, which was awarded Best Overall Moot Team, in the Trilateral Moot Court Competition.

Contact information

Phone: 416.203.4554
Email: aturner@balesbeall.com

Sarah is an associate at Bales Beall LLP, joining the team after articling with the firm from 2015 to 2016. She practices in the areas of family law, estates and civil litigation. Before joining the firm, Sarah participated in the Children’s Law Externship where she worked for the Jewish Children’s Aid Society. Sarah also participated in Osgoode’s Mediation Intensive Clinical Program, providing free mediation and conflict resolution to the community within and surrounding York University.

Professional Accreditations and Affiliations

Member, The Canadian Bar Association
Member, The Ontario Bar Association
Member, The Advocates’ Society
Member, The Family Lawyers Association

Professional and Charitable Activities

Vice-Chair, United Jewish Appeal, Young Lawyers Division

Education

Osgoode Hall Law School (2015), J.D.

Year of Call

2016 (Ontario)

Get to Know Sarah Better

Sarah was the stage manager for Osgoode’s annual comedy show “Mock Trial,” and produced several other musicals throughout university.

Contact information

Phone: 416.203.4545
Email: sengel@balesbeall.com

Dave is an associate at Bales Beall LLP practicing in the area of estate planning, estate administration and estate litigation. Before joining the firm, Dave had established his own estates practice, after articling at a full service firm with a focus on litigation. During law school, Dave acted as a Community Legal Aid Case Worker, providing legal assistance to low income individuals.

Professional Accreditations and Affiliations

Member, The Canadian Bar Association
Member, The Ontario Bar Association

Year of Call

2016 (Ontario)

Contact information

Phone: 416.203.4532
Email: djohnston@balesbeall.com