Mr Timothy Matthews

Membership category: Full Member i

'TEP' status denotes full membership of STEP and is the top level of STEP membership. TEPs are fully qualified practitioners with proven qualifications and experience. They can use the letters 'TEP' after their name. TEPs must adhere to STEP's Code of Professional Conduct.

1959 Upper Water St, Suite 900
B3J 2X2

Telephone: +1 902 4203325
Practice Areas: Charity formation/administration, Contentious trusts and estates, Cross-border estates, Estate planning/administration, Trust planning/administration, Wills and probate
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Timothy C. Matthews, QC, BSc, JD, BCL, TEP is a senior partner of Stewart McKelvey, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, practising estate and tax planning and estate litigation.  He is past Chair of the Society of Estate and Trust Practitioners (STEP) Atlantic, past STEP Canada Education Chair, and Chair of the STEP Canada Trusts and Estates Technical Committee.  He was given the STEP Founder's Award in 2017.


Mr. Matthews is a member of the International Academy of Estates and Trusts Law.  He is a Fellow of the American College opf Trust and Estate Counsel.  He is a past Chair of the national Wills Estates & Trusts Section of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), and a past President of the CBA – Nova Scotia.  He has been honoured with the Distinguished Service Award from the CBA - Nova Scotia.


A graduate of Dalhousie University and Oxford University, he teaches Equity & Trusts at Dalhousie’s Schulich School of Law.  He is a member of the Halifax Estate Planning Council, a long-time member of the editorial board of the Estates Trusts & Pensions Journal, and a participant and presenter in the Senior Estates & Trusts Practitioners’ Forum, Cambridge, Ontario.  He has been a frequent speaker, panellist and contributor of papers for STEP, the CBA, the Continuing Legal Education Society of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, commercial estate planning conferences, and public legal education and retirement seminars for government and industry. 


Mr. Matthews has been deeply committed to community charitable organizations, including serving on the boards of Symphony Nova Scotia Foundation, Scotia Chamber Players Society, Nova Scotia Talent Trust Foundation, The Halifax Foundation, Community Foundation of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Masterworks Awards Foundation, and Halifax Youth Foundation, and has contributed extensively to professional organizations, including the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, the CBA, the Dalhousie Law School Alumni Association, and STEP.  


Mr. Matthews is listed in Best Lawyers in Canada directory (Trusts and Estates), is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell, and is recognized by Lexpert in Estates and Personal Tax Planning/Estate Litigation and in Charities/Not-for-Profit.

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