Called to the Bar
  • Ontario (2014)
Education
  • J.D., University of Toronto, 2013
  • B.A. (Hons. with Distinction), Queen's University, 2010
Affiliations
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • The Advocates' Society
  • Toronto Lawyers Association
  • WeirFoulds Women

Hayley Peglar is a Partner in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice group at WeirFoulds LLP. She advises clients on a diverse range of civil and commercial litigation matters, with a focus on estate, trusts, and capacity litigation.

Hayley brings to the table key expertise in early stage mediation of estate disputes. She understands that litigation can be stressful and costly, and works closely with her clients to identify solutions and to provide peace of mind through effective negotiation and mediation.

Hayley advocates for individual and institutional clients in court proceedings and contested litigation, including variation of trust matters, dependant relief applications, guardianship applications, will challenge proceedings, and commercial disputes.

Hayley enjoys writing about developments in the law and regularly shares her knowledge at client seminars and industry conferences. Through her memberships in the Ontario Bar Association, The Advocates’ Society, and the Toronto Lawyers Association, Hayley stays up to date on the legal developments and trends which impact her clients. Hayley served as a member-at-large on the OBA Elder Law Section executive from 2019 to 2021 and is an active member of the GTA Junior Trusts and Estates Practitioners Group. She previously served as a member of the executive of The Advocates’ Society Estates Litigation Practice Group from 2016 to 2018.

Hayley is active in the firm’s internal mentoring program and previously volunteered as a mentor to law students through the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Alumni Mentorship Program. She is also a member of WeirFoulds Women, which promotes a successful and diverse working environment.

Experience
  • Repeatedly recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada: Ones to Watch as an upcoming leading practitioner in Corporate and Commercial Litigation and Trusts and Estates
  • International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA), 52nd Congress Prague 2014 Past Presidents’ Award for Best National Report, Private Client and Immigration Working Session (with Caroline Abela)
  • Margaret Grimshaw Prize in Real Estate, University of Toronto
  • Chancellor’s Scholarship, Queen’s University
  • Member-at-Large, Ontario Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Law Section (2023-2024)
  • Member-at-Large, Ontario Bar Association, Elder Law Section (2019-2021)
  • The Advocates’ Society Estates Litigation Practice Group Executive (2016-2018)
  • Repeatedly recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada: Ones to Watch as an upcoming leading practitioner in Corporate and Commercial Litigation and Trusts and Estates
  • International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA), 52nd Congress Prague 2014 Past Presidents’ Award for Best National Report, Private Client and Immigration Working Session (with Caroline Abela)
  • Margaret Grimshaw Prize in Real Estate, University of Toronto
  • Chancellor’s Scholarship, Queen’s University
  • Member-at-Large, Ontario Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Law Section (2023-2024)
  • Member-at-Large, Ontario Bar Association, Elder Law Section (2019-2021)
  • The Advocates’ Society Estates Litigation Practice Group Executive (2016-2018)

Hayley Peglar is a Partner in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice group at WeirFoulds LLP. She advises clients on a diverse range of civil and commercial litigation matters, with a focus on estate, trusts, and capacity litigation.

Hayley brings to the table key expertise in early stage mediation of estate disputes. She understands that litigation can be stressful and costly, and works closely with her clients to identify solutions and to provide peace of mind through effective negotiation and mediation.

Hayley advocates for individual and institutional clients in court proceedings and contested litigation, including variation of trust matters, dependant relief applications, guardianship applications, will challenge proceedings, and commercial disputes.

Hayley enjoys writing about developments in the law and regularly shares her knowledge at client seminars and industry conferences. Through her memberships in the Ontario Bar Association, The Advocates’ Society, and the Toronto Lawyers Association, Hayley stays up to date on the legal developments and trends which impact her clients. Hayley served as a member-at-large on the OBA Elder Law Section executive from 2019 to 2021 and is an active member of the GTA Junior Trusts and Estates Practitioners Group. She previously served as a member of the executive of The Advocates’ Society Estates Litigation Practice Group from 2016 to 2018.

Hayley is active in the firm’s internal mentoring program and previously volunteered as a mentor to law students through the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Alumni Mentorship Program. She is also a member of WeirFoulds Women, which promotes a successful and diverse working environment.

Experience
  • Repeatedly recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada: Ones to Watch as an upcoming leading practitioner in Corporate and Commercial Litigation and Trusts and Estates
  • International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA), 52nd Congress Prague 2014 Past Presidents’ Award for Best National Report, Private Client and Immigration Working Session (with Caroline Abela)
  • Margaret Grimshaw Prize in Real Estate, University of Toronto
  • Chancellor’s Scholarship, Queen’s University
  • Member-at-Large, Ontario Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Law Section (2023-2024)
  • Member-at-Large, Ontario Bar Association, Elder Law Section (2019-2021)
  • The Advocates’ Society Estates Litigation Practice Group Executive (2016-2018)
  • Repeatedly recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada: Ones to Watch as an upcoming leading practitioner in Corporate and Commercial Litigation and Trusts and Estates
  • International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA), 52nd Congress Prague 2014 Past Presidents’ Award for Best National Report, Private Client and Immigration Working Session (with Caroline Abela)
  • Margaret Grimshaw Prize in Real Estate, University of Toronto
  • Chancellor’s Scholarship, Queen’s University
  • Member-at-Large, Ontario Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Law Section (2023-2024)
  • Member-at-Large, Ontario Bar Association, Elder Law Section (2019-2021)
  • The Advocates’ Society Estates Litigation Practice Group Executive (2016-2018)
Called to the Bar
  • Ontario (2014)
Education
  • J.D., University of Toronto, 2013
  • B.A. (Hons. with Distinction), Queen's University, 2010
Affiliations
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • The Advocates' Society
  • Toronto Lawyers Association
  • WeirFoulds Women
Speaking Engagements
  • Speaker, “The Philanthropic Testator: Effective Testamentary Charitable Giving”, Ontario Bar Association, Online, January 17, 2024
  • Speaker, “Modernization Updates: How courts and tribunals – and we as litigators – continue to adapt to the changes necessitated by the pandemic, including a review of the upcoming changes to the Rules of Civil Procedure”, Litigating in the New Normal: What’s Next, WeirFoulds LLP, Online, November 30, 2021
  • Speaker, “Costs Issues in Guardianship Proceedings”, The Annotated Guardianship Application 2021, Law Society of Ontario, March 25, 2021
  • Speaker, “Make a Will”, Toronto Public Library, Make a Will Month, Toronto, ON, November 20, 2019
  • Co-Presenter (with Clare Burns), “The Role of Accountants in Estate Litigation”, GTA Accountants Network/GTA Finance Network, Toronto, ON, November 12, 2019
  • Speaker, “Know Your Client”, WeirFoulds Professionalism Issues Seminar, Toronto, ON, February 27, 2019
  • Speaker, “Make a Will”, Toronto Public Library, Make a Will Month, Toronto, ON, November 13, 2018
  • Speaker, “Top Cases in Estates Litigation”, The Advocates’ Society, Toronto, ON, February 8, 2018
  • Speaker, “Make a Will”, Toronto Public Library, Make a Will Month, Toronto, ON, November 4, 2017
  • Speaker, “Top Cases in Estates Litigation”, The Advocates’ Society, Toronto, ON, February 8, 2017
  • Instructor, “Employment, Labour and Human Rights Considerations in the Construction Industry”, George Brown College, School of Construction Management and Trades / School of Architectural Studies, Toronto, ON, March 2016
  • Co-Presenter, “Bill 168: A 5-Year Review”, Workplace Violence & Harassment: A 5-Year Review, WeirFoulds LLP, Toronto, ON, November 19, 2015
  • Co-Presenter, “Startup Legal Basics”, Founder Institute, Toronto, ON, August 2015
  • Speaker, “Law of Discrimination on the Basis of Family Status”, WeirFoulds Employment & Labour Group Client Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, April 17, 2015
  • Co-Presenter, “Startup Legal Basics”, Founder Institute, Toronto, ON, February 2015 (with Faren Bogach)
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Additional Publications

  • Author, “Incapacity Planning: Who Decides When You Cannot?“, Web blog post, Cidel Communications, April 17, 2023.
  • Co-Author, “Costs Issues in Guardianship Proceedings”, The Annotated Guardianship Application 2021, Law Society of Ontario, March 2021
  • Co-Author, “The Role of the Medical Expert in the Retrospective Assessment of Testamentary Capacity”, The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, Volume 65 Issue 4, April 2020.