Emma Hamilton Custom


Emma is an associate lawyer with the firm. Her practice includes estate planning, estate administration and estate dispute resolution. Prior to joining O’Sullivan Estate Lawyers, Emma practiced in the areas of trusts and estates at a full service firm in Calgary. She has experience in succession and incapacity planning, estate and trust administration, estate litigation and family law matters, including domestic contracts. Emma is currently completing the Diploma Program of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Emma has a J.D. from the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law. As part of her law studies, she spent a semester abroad at the University of Lucerne in Switzerland, summered at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Bangkok, Thailand and was a legal research assistant for the Faculty.

Presentations and Publications


Susannah Roth and Emma Hamilton will be speaking at the Professional Accountants PD Network on February 5, 2019 on executor and trustee responsibilities and compensation. Please visit the website for registration: https://lnkd.in/enz5byd

Emma Hamilton will be co-presenting at the OBA Trusts & Estates Law Program: Estate Planner’s Toolkit on April 10, 2019. Click here to see the full program agenda and to register.

Past Presentations & Articles

Estate planning for millennials: The importance of family law considerations, The Lawyer's Daily, February 20, 2019

Spoke at Make a Will Month at Humberwood Library on November 29 from 6:30 – 8:00pm

Co-authored The Private Wealth & Private Client Review, 7th Edition, Chapter: "Canada" (Law Business Research, September 2018)

"Estate planning for millennials: No time like the present", The Lawyer's Daily, July 26, 2018 This article was originally published by The Lawyer’s Daily (www.thelawyersdaily.ca), part of LexisNexis Canada Inc.

"Preventing POA misuse: The importance of law reform in Ontario", The Lawyer's Daily, May 16, 2018

Co-author, "Gifts and loans to adult children: What you need to know", The Lawyer's Daily, March 29, 2018

Quoted in Court case reveals risks in gifting assets, Investment Executive on March 1, 2018

Co-author, Canada chapter, The Private Wealth & Private Client Review, Sixth Edition (Law Business Research Ltd 2017)

Presentation: Charity Law Update: Impact of GREs and the 2017 Federal Budget on the Charitable Sector, April 11th, 2017

Contributed to the paper, "Caught Red-Handed: Litigation Against Attorneys in Trouble", Legal Education Society of Alberta, April 2016.

"Physician Assisted Death in Alberta: HS (Re), 2016 ABQB 121", March 22, 2016.

"Recent Case Highlights the Importance of Having a Will", November 6, 2015.

"New Notice and Reporting Requirements for Executors Acting without a Grant", September 8, 2015.

Professional Activities

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Law Society of Alberta (inactive)
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Young Women in Law
  • Calgary Women Studying Law Association, 2016-2017
  • Queen’s Bench Amicus Court Assistance Program, Pro Bono Law Alberta, 2015 - 2017
  • Civil Claims Duty Counsel Project, Pro Bono Law Alberta, 2015 - 2017
  • Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta, 2003 - 2016
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Administration
  • Estate Dispute Resolution

Bar Admissions

  • Alberta, 2016
  • Ontario, 2017


  • University of Calgary, Faculty of Law
    • J.D. - 2015
  • University of Victoria
    • B.A. (with Distinction) - 2012