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Madeleine Coats, TEP


Queen’s Marque
600-1741 Lower Water Street
Halifax, N.S.
B3J 0J2



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Language(s) spoken: English

Bar Admission(s): Nova Scotia, 2020

Legal Assistant(s): Katie Mullane

Madeleine practices in the areas of estates and trusts, tax, real property, and corporate commercial law. She strives to make life easier for clients by providing a practical, solution-focused and thoughtful approach.

Madeleine has experience working with individuals, businesses and organizations of various sizes and has supported matters for a range of private and public sector clients, including estate planning, corporate reorganizations, and transactional work for members of our Firm’s largest clients.

Examples of Madeleine’s work include:

  • Assisting with strategizing and creating tax-advantageous estate plans including drafting wills, trusts, and ancillary documents to implement estate plans.
  • Drafting and assisting with administering trusts including joint partner and alter-ego trusts, asset protection trusts, family trusts, and testamentary trusts.
  • Drafting wills and other estate planning documents, including cohabitation agreements and marriage contracts, for individuals and families of varying net worth including complex estate planning strategies and detailed trusts for children, grandchildren and other heirs.
  • Incorporations and assisting with ongoing corporate governance matters for owner-managed businesses.
  • Assisting with corporate and commercial matters including owner-managed business purchases or sales and other matters of business succession planning.
  • Drafting shareholders’ agreements and other commercial agreements for owner-managed or family-owned businesses, particularly as they pertain to inter-generational transfers and succession planning.
  • Advising on the Probate Act, the Intestate Succession Act, and other processes where owners of property are deceased.
  • Assisting with the administration of estates of varying complexity and value, from $200K to $800M.
  • Drafting charitable status applications for private and public foundations and assisting in their ongoing administration.
  • Real property transactions ranging from single property residential acquisitions or dispositions to more complex private and commercial transactions.

Education & Career


University of New Brunswick, JD, 2019
Lund University Faculty of Law (Juridicum), Sweden, 2018
Mount Allison University, BA (Honours), 2016


Chair – Wills, Estates and Trust Section, Canadian Bar Association (Nova Scotia branch)
Student Liaison Representative – STEP Atlantic Executive
Student Member – STEP Atlantic
Member, Canadian Bar Association
Nova Scotia Women’s Hockey League
Volleyball Nova Scotia Beach League


TEP designation from STEP


Equality, Equity, and Exclusion: The Effect of the Jackson Estate Decision on Common Law Partners, ETPJ 39:4, August 2020

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