James W. Stanley

Jim Stanley joined the Truro office of Burchell MacDougall LLP in 1981, after what started as an off‑hand meeting with one of the partners and 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, franchise law as well as estate planning.  He prefers a solicitor’s practice to litigation. He admits he is very fortunate to have a loyal base of long‑term clients.

 “Business law is constantly evolving and has many facets‑-be it establishing, financing, corporate reorganizations or buying and selling businesses.”  Business succession planning 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 national board member of United Way/Centraide Canada.  He has been involved in many local charities and local organizations, as well as Bar Society Committees.

 Jim served as a managing partner of the firm for almost 20 years.

 When he’s not navigating his way through a business takeover, he’s usually at the helm of  his sailboat. 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 he says, ”I’m not giving up my day job”!

Experience & Background

Experience & Background

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

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


James's Support Staff

Canfield, Denise - Legal Assistant (dcanfield@burchellmacdougall.com)

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