James W. Stanley

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Jim Stanley joined the Truro office of Burchell MacDougall in 1981 after what started with an off‑hand meeting with one of the partners which lead to a job offer.

Originally from Halifax, Jim studied Economics at Dalhousie University before attending Dal Law School.  His practice is primarily in the area of corporate, commercial and tax law, as well as estate planning.  He prefers a solicitor’s practice to litigation. He admits he is fortunate to have a loyal base of long‑term clients.

“Corporate commercial law is constantly evolving and has many facets‑-be it establishing businesses, financing, corporate reorganizations or buying and selling businesses.” Family business succession is a major issue for many of his clients.

Jim is a former President and Campaign Chair for the United Way of Colchester County and a former board member for United Way/Centraide Canada.  He has been involved in many local charities and organizations.

He also served as managing partner of the firm for many years.

When he’s not navigating his way through a business takeover, he’s usually at the helm of  his sailboat or skiing. He and his wife enjoy travelling, a lot of it being to visit children and grandchildren.  Another recent pursuit is learning to play tenor saxophone in a local band but as he says ….”I’m not giving up my day job”!

Practice Areas
  • Corporate Commercial Law
  • Tax Law
  • Wills and Estates

Professional Qualifications & Education:

  • Nova Scotia Bar Admission 1978.
  • Dalhousie University (B.A., 1974)
  • Dalhousie University (LL.B., 1977)

Professional Associations & Membership in Community Organizations:

  • Member, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Former President and Past Campaign Chair, United Way of Colchester
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, United Way/Centraide Canada
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Truro Development Corporation
  • Former President and Member, Truro School Bands Auxiliary
  • Member, Fellowship Lodge A.F. & A.M. (Truro)
  • Colchester Regional Hospital Foundation (Planned Giving Committee)

Corporate Commercial Law

  • Assisting in the establishment of sole proprietorships, partnerships and corporations
  • Assisted in the financing of businesses and placing of security on assets
  • Providing advice on corporate and commercial matters
  • Representing clients in the purchase and sale of businesses
  • Assisting in the continuance of companies into and out of Nova Scotia
  • Assisting in the amalgamation of companies and the voluntary wind-up of companies
  • Drafting agreements respecting commercial matters

Tax Law

  • Advising clients in taxation matters
  • Estate planning and succession planning for business owners
  • Advising clients on the most tax efficient way to purchase or sell businesses

Probate, Estates, Wills and Trusts

  • Advising on succession planning, especially for shareholders of corporations
  • Providing advice for Executors and Administrators
  • Probating of wills and administration of intestate estates
  • Drafting family trusts
  • Preparation of wills, including wills with testamentary trusts for dependants
  • Preparation of enduring powers of attorney and living wills
  • Advising non-residents of Canada will Canadian assets of succession issues
  • Assisting in ancillary probate matters for non-residents with assets in Canada