Eric Katzman – Lawyer & Owner
Eric Katzman was born and raised in Windsor and lives in Essex County with his family. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario – Honours Political Science program with distinction in 2010 and graduated from the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law in 2013. The first few years of Eric’s legal career were spent working in injury litigation where contingency fees were standard. Eric learned that billing a client after delivering a good result is better than asking for money up-front. Since then, Eric has handled will challenges, applications to remove estate trustees, applications to obtain vacant possession of estate property, contested appointments of estate trustees, contested power of attorney and estate trustee accounts, and several other estate dispute matters. Eric has also carried contentious and complex estate administration matters.
Eric ensures that whatever must be done to strengthen and advance a case will be done with as much speed as the court system will allow. Eric strives to find the most effective and efficient way to achieve his clients’ goals.
Sam Abbott – Lawyer
Sam received his law degree from the University of Windsor Faculty of Law in 2021.
Prior to attending law school, Sam attended the University of Windsor for his undergraduate honors degree in biology and biotechnology. While completing his thesis in 2014, Sam began working as a machinist and CNC programmer in Oldcastle. Sam continued in this role for several years until he began his studies at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law.
In law school, Sam volunteered with local legal practitioners and advocated for clients in the Ontario Court of Justice. He also worked as a research assistant, investigating matters related to consumer protection, privacy, competition and anti-discrimination law. Sam represented the University of Windsor in the Adam F. Fanaki Competition Law Moot where he won awards for best oralist and best appellant team.
Sam serves as a committee member of the Ontario Justice Education Network, a charitable not-for-profit aimed at building legal capabilities in youth.
Sam’s practice focuses exclusively on estate litigation and estate administration matters. His science background gives him an advantage in any task involving numbers; which helps him add substance to every estate file.
Ciaran Ross – Associate Lawyer
Ciaran is a lawyer at Katzman Estate Law with an estate litigation and estate administration practice. He was born in Essex County and has been a lifelong resident. Ciaran graduated with distinction from the University of Windsor, receiving an Honours Psychology degree with a thesis. During his undergraduate studies, Ciaran balanced part-time work in an automotive factory with the role of Teaching Assistant for several courses in the Psychology Department. He continued working at the factory for two years before beginning his studies at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law.
As a law student, Ciaran contributed to his community by volunteering with local lawyers and legal clinics. Ciaran represented clients in the Ontario Court of Justice and the Landlord Tenant Board before he even graduated law school.
Ciaran worked for a family law firm while in law school and completed his articles at a mid-sized Windsor firm, gaining exposure to a wide variety of practice areas. While he appreciated the experience that a full-service law firm offered, Ciaran prefers to keep his practice focused on estates to deepen his knowledge in that field.
Drawing upon his psychology background, Ciaran is uniquely positioned to work with capacity issues in estate matters, particularly in relation to power of attorney cases and will challenges. Further, Ciaran has a genuine passion for helping people understand complex legal issues, empowering his clients to make their own decisions armed with knowledge of the law.
Margaret Pettipas – Articling Student
Margaret is an articling student assisting Katzman Estate Law lawyers with estate litigation and estate administration matters. Margaret is a recent graduate of the University of Windsor Faculty of Law and Detroit Mercy School of Law dual program, providing her with both Canadian and American law degrees. Margaret has an Honors Philosophy degree from Dalhousie University.
During law school, Margaret contributed heavily to her community. She was a civil mediator and virtual pre-trial administrator for Southeastern Dispute Resolution Services. She also pioneered Windsor Law’s Sanctuary Volunteer Day.
Margaret’s experience as a mediator puts her in an excellent position to resolve matters before judgment, potentially saving thousands of dollars in legal fees while also meeting clients’ objectives. Given that mediation is mandatory for most Windsor and Toronto estate disputes, Margaret is an asset to Katzman Estate Law clients.
Jasmine Savage – Office Manager and Paralegal
Jasmine is a licensed paralegal assisting with estate litigation and estate administration matters. She received a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Psychology and Criminology, graduating from the University of Windsor with distinction in 2017 graduating from St. Clair College in 2018 with a Diploma in Paralegal Studies. Jasmine received her paralegal licence in the spring of 2019. Prior to joining Katzman Estate Law, Jasmine worked in family and personal injury law firms.
For her entire career, Jasmine has interacted with people with complex legal problems and difficult personal circumstances. Jasmine’s compassion and professionalism make her a tremendous asset to Katzman Estate Law and its clients.
Lucy Puegeren – Paralegal
Lucy is a paralegal assisting the lawyers at Katzman Estate Law with estate litigation and estate administration matters. She graduated from the paralegal program at St. Clair College with distinction and received her paralegal license in the spring of 2023. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications, Media, and Film studies from the University of Windsor in 2019.
Lucy moved to Canada from Nigeria over a decade ago and quickly adapted to life in her new home. Lucy brings that same adaptability to her work at Katzman Estate Law by addressing clients’ challenges as they evolve. Prior to becoming a paralegal, Lucy worked as an insurance broker where she assisted clients experiencing urgent coverage and claims issues. She has experience working with good people in frustrating situations and brings that experience to Katzman Estate Law.
Eric Katzman is an experienced lawyer at Katzman Estate Law who can help with estate matters. Within a few minutes on the phone, Eric will get to the heart of your estate issue, whether it is a litigation or probate matter.
No-obligation, confidential phone calls with Eric are completely free.
Call 1-844-602-4242 for more information.