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Demetre Vasilounis Toronto Associate

Demetre Vasilounis

Associate Fasken
Everyone needs a plan. A robust succession plan considers numerous elements: client goals, family dynamics, asset qualities and the impact of technology, among others.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 2019
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto
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Overview

Demetre is an associate in the Private Client Services group of the firm's Toronto office. He has a broad trusts and estates practice and has developed and implemented cohesive succession plans for clients involving a wide range of different family and corporate structures. He has also advised on a breadth of family wealth planning matters, including tax issues, estate freezes, cross-border estates, probate planning, disability planning, charitable gifting, asset protection strategies, personal privacy, intellectual property and domestic contracts.

Demetre regularly speaks and writes about various legal issues in succession planning, including in particular the evolving area of digital assets in estate planning. His work has been cited by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and he has spoken at both national and international events. Demetre has obtained the prestigious Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) designation from the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP), and is heavily involved with its advocacy efforts.

Estate Planning and Administration

Demetre regularly drafts wills, powers of attorney, beneficiary designations and other documents relevant to estate planning. He also advises executors and trustees with respect to all aspects of estate administration.

Trust Establishment and Administration

Demetre is experienced in establishing many different types of trusts, including discretionary trusts, joint partner trusts and alter ego trusts. He also assists with all aspects of trust administration, including trustee appointment and removal, trust property management and trust wind-ups.

Domestic Contracts

Demetre is well-versed in the various considerations for effective marriage contracts and cohabitation agreements. He has drafted and negotiated a wide variety of domestic contracts for different family and relationship structures.

Planning for Digital Assets

Demetre has a unique expertise in the area of digital assets in estate planning and enjoys working with clients to develop plans that are tailored to address assets such as social media accounts, cryptocurrency and other electronic files and content. He is knowledgeable in the numerous areas of law that affect such planning such as privacy law and intellectual property law.

Community Involvement

Outside of law, Demetre currently volunteers as an Event Leader at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, an ESL Teacher at St. Paul’s Bloor Street, a Panelist for Anime North, and a Member of the Programming Features Committee for Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. Demetre also enjoys playing and streaming video games, training in mixed martial arts, and engaging in all aspects of music production, including singing, songwriting and playing his ukulele and ocarina.

Achievements

  • Ontario Volunteer Service Award, 2022
  • Jenny Haggart Award, Osgoode Hall Law School 2018
  • Legal and Literary Society Student Honour Award, Osgoode Hall Law School 2018
2022 Ontario Volunteer Service Award Presented by the Government of Ontario
2018 Osgoode Hall Law School Jenny Haggart Award
2018 Osgoode Hall Law School Legal and Literary Society Student Honour Award

Client Work

Date Client

Career & Education

Education

  • JD Osgoode Hall Law School at York University
  • BA (Honours), major in Professional Writing; minor in Film (summa cum laude) York University

Accreditations

  • Accreditation, Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners

Community involvement

  • 2022 to present Member – Programming Features Committee Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
  • 2021 to present Volunteer Extra Life
  • 2019 to present Mentor Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS)
  • 2018 to present Panelist Anime North
  • 2016 to 2018 Caseworker Refugee Sponsorship Support Program
  • 2014 to present ESL Teacher St. Paul’s Anglican Church
  • 2013 to present Event Leader Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

Memberships & Affiliations

  • 2022 to present Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Liaison Ontario Bar Association – Trusts and Estates Section
  • 2021 to present Member Estate Planning Council of Toronto
  • 2021 to 2022 Technology Liaison Ontario Bar Association – Trusts and Estates Section
  • 2019 to present Member American Bar Association
  • 2019 to present Member Canadian Bar Association
  • 2019 to present Member Junior Trusts and Estates Practitioners
  • 2019 to present Member Ontario Bar Association
  • 2019 to present Student Member Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners

Knowledge

Fasken Institute

Publications

Speaking Engagements

Moderator What's New in Trusts & Estates Practice? Ontario Bar Association – Ontario Legal Conference: Family, Trusts & Estates Law
Moderator Wills and Trusts for Business Owners: Practical Considerations Ontario Bar Association – Ontario Legal Conference: Family, Trusts & Estates Law
Speaker Digital Assets: Everything You Wanted to Know but Were Too Afraid to Ask Estate Planning Council of Halton

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