BComm (Concordia), LLB (McGill), of the Bar of Ontario, TEP, CFP®
Suzanne Michaud is a lawyer, Registered Trust and Estate Practitioner, and Certified Financial Planner. Her expertise includes the areas of trust, estate, and elder law as well as retirement products. She currently is an advisor to a boutique litigation firm in Toronto.
Ms. Michaud was Senior Advisory Counsel at Royal Bank of Canada Law Group for many years, where she provided legal advice to RBC companies in the following areas: all registered plans (such as RRSP’s); estate administration, both domestic and foreign, for release of estate assets and collection of debt owed by the deceased; specific legal requirements related to new technology; succession issues including distribution of assets (such as through trusts, beneficiary designations, joint ownership, and court proceedings); and elder law including reduction of financial abuse.
Prior to RBC, Ms. Michaud practiced law at a regional law firm with a primary focus on estate planning and administration. She worked with clients and their professional advisors to develop and implement estate plans for life changes including both in business and in relationships. She applied expertise in planning for the benefit of beneficiaries with disabilities and conveyancing involving trusts and estates, and handled all aspects of estate administration including contested estates, dependent claims, and guardianship of minors.
Ms. Michaud is an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, where she taught Trusts and Estate Planning in 2019 and Trusts in 2020, in part through an online learning environment. She will be teaching Trusts again in the winter semester of 2021.