M. Elena Hoffstein

Lawyer | Toronto


Portrait of M. Elena Hoffstein

M. Elena Hoffstein co-authors 2nd edition of Charitable Giving in Canada

M. Elena Hoffstein is the co-author of Charitable Giving in Canada (2nd edition), released in 2021 by Thomson Reuters. Charitable Giving in Canada provides a comprehensive but practical tool to assist professional advisors, charities, corporations and individuals who wish to...


CRA’s views on charitable remainder trusts

Introduction Charitable remainder trusts have been popular in the U.S. for some time but not as widely used in Canada as a result of differences in our tax regime.  A charitable remainder trust involves an individual who wishes to make...


Passing on the family cottage

For many families, a summer or winter home or cottage is one of their most treasured assets. Most cottage owners want the cottage to stay in the family for generations. However, this requires significant thought and planning. Families need to...


Estate freeze: The time is now

The COVID-19 pandemic is currently causing over half of the global population to be living under some form of self-isolation.  Provincial and territorial government directives are properly constricting business and social activity across Canada to protect our collective health and...


Elena Hoffstein quoted in The Globe and Mail on benefits of family trusts

The Globe and Mail, "The benefits of family trusts"

Elena Hoffstein comments on family business succession planning and the use of trusts: For Elena Hoffstein, a lawyer with Miller Thomson LLP and expert in estate and family business succession planning, communication is key for achieving favourable outcomes. “Open and...