WILLIAM ALLEN passed away on April 30, 2015 at the age of 86.
William, known to everyone as Bill, was called to the Ontario Bar in 1954 and enjoyed over 56 years of a successful law practice, beginning in a firm with his father, Jack Allen, and his brother John Bamber Allen (Bamber later became a Provincial Court Judge in Orangeville). After Jack retired, Bill joined Lang Michener for about seventeen years and then, in 1985 at the age 57, he decided to start his own firm, which later became Allen & Allen. At the firm, Bill was joined first by his son Tom and then by his son John.
Wherever Bill worked, he extolled the virtues of plain language in legal writing, whether in wills, in contracts, or in correspondence to clients. To the extent possible, Bill avoided impersonal, repetitive language full of legalese understandable to a select few, a practice that continues to be embraced by Allen and Allen.
Bill had many highlights during his career. He obtained a Masters of Law (LL.M.) from Osgoode Hall; he co-authored the first three editions of the Estate Planning Handbook (Carswell 1985, 1991, 1999); and in 2004, he received the Ontario Bar Association’s “Award of Excellence” for exceptional lifetime contributions and achievements in trusts and estates law.