George M. Clarke

(902) 460-3450(902) 463-7500[email protected]
Ashley Clouthier
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"I recognize that estate planning can be a difficult task. My goal is to provide a personal approach to accomplish my clients' estate planning goals. Whether the process is simple or complex, my clients' goals are always the same, and that is to focus on providing for loved ones as efficiently as possible. I walk them through the process, step by step."

About George

George Clarke is a Partner and member of both the Real Estate Team and Estates Team. As a member and Chair of the Estates Team, he assists clients with the preparation of their estate plans through wills, enduring powers of attorney, personal directives (“living wills”), and trust planning. He also assists executors and heirs in administering estates in both the probate and estate administration processes.

As part of his Real Estate practice, George works with clients, real estate agents, bankers and mortgage brokers in the purchase, sale and refinance of residential property.

George is an accomplished musician. He started playing the drums in grade 6 and has two degrees in music from St. F.X. and McGill. He free-lanced in Montreal and Ottawa in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s and also taught music in private schools in Montreal. George continues to pursue his interest in music as drummer with the popular local band, “The Classics”.

Areas of Practice

George's Background

  • 1991 - 1994: LL.B., Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1985 - 1988: B. Mus. (Performance), McGill University, Montréal, Quebec
  • 1981 - 1985: B Mus. (Honours), St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia
  • 2001 - Present: Partner , BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 1995 - 2001: Articled Clerk, Associate, BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 1987 - 1991: Professional Musician (Recording Studio; radio, television, private functions), Music Teacher, Lower Canada College, Selwyn House Private Boys School, Montréal, Quebec
Professional Memberships
  • Member - Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
  • Member - Halifax Estate Planning Council (1999-Present)
  • Member - Real Estate Lawyers Association of Nova Scotia
  • Member - Brookfield Global Relocation Services
Community Activities
  • Committee Member - Alderney Gate Market
  • Board Member - Shubenacadie Canal Commission
  • Former Board Member - Nova Scotia Talent Trust
  • Former Board Member - Rotary Club
  • Former Chair - Canadian Bar Association, Nova Scotia Branch, Business Law Section
  • Former Board Member - Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia
  • Former Member - American Federation of Musicians
  • Former Vice Chair - Board of Directors Executive Committee, Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission
  • Former Member - Planned Giving Committee of the Abilities Foundation of Nova Scotia
  • Former Member - Performing Arts Societies Organization of Nova Scotia
  • Former Board Chair - Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission
University Activities
  • Student Member, Bursary Committee
  • Faculty Review Committee
  • Appointment Committee
Awards & Honours
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in Canada published by Best Lawyers® (2022-2023)

Recent Blog Posts by George

Blog Post | Thursday April 25, 2019

Cottage Wars: Estate Planning and the Family Cottage

Authored by: George M. Clarke Posted in: Wills & Estates

As the May long weekend approaches, those with cottages will be turning their minds to the annual tradition of heading to the shore, lake or river to open up the cottage.

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Blog Post | Tuesday January 15, 2019

Lessons from the (Un)Grateful Dead: How to Appoint your Estate Executor

Authored by: George M. Clarke Posted in: Real Estate

Choosing who will act as your executor is a decision that should not be taken lightly.

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Blog Post | Tuesday June 17, 2014

What to Think About When Making a Will

Authored by: George M. Clarke Posted in: Wills & Estates

Writing your will can be an overwhelming process. Here is a list of items that can offer some assistance when preparing your will. You must name an executor (also called a trustee). This is the person who carries out the instructions in the will. It is a good idea to name an alternative,

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