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Millionaire's handwritten notes wouldn't count as final wishes in Ontario

A Nova Scotia case — where a deceased millionaire's unsigned handwritten memos were ruled to count toward her testamentary intention — would play out differently in ... Read more

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How green is your estate plan?

By Suzana Popovic-Montag Climate change remains a leading topic of concern – and most of us have at least some awareness of our environmental footprint. Many of us have ... Read more

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Upcoming concert to benefit Heart and Stroke Foundation

Toronto-area estates litigator and mediator Charles Ticker hits the stage with The Faded Genes  on February 8 in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. ... Read more

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No will means big headaches for beneficiaries

Having a will in place can save the beneficiaries a great deal of time and reduce costs for the estate, Thunder Bay wills and estates lawyer Rene Larson tells AdvocateDaily.com ... Read more

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Demographics driving rise in POA litigation

Disputes among attorneys will increasingly come before Canadian courts as the country’s population continues to age, says Toronto estates and trusts lawyer  Suzana ... Read more

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Don’t break this New Year’s resolution: write a will

By Lisa Laredo With the holidays done and gone, it’s now that time of year — the time to buckle down and get on with fulfilling those New Year’s ... Read more

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Hull honoured with Honsberger award

It was largely from his father and former partner, the late Rodney Hull Q.C. LSM,  that Toronto estates and trusts lawyer Ian Hull was taught to give back, and his ... Read more

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Funeral dispute caused by unclear final wishes

By Charles Ticker A recent story I  found online  about a transatlantic funeral dispute confirms how important it is to have an up-to-date estate plan in place ... Read more

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Estates errors: Common will drafting mistakes part 1

With more than 17 years of experience litigating disputes, and a legal lineage that dates back more than a century, Toronto trusts and estates lawyer  David Mills has seen ... Read more

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Simplifying succession – should Ontario abolish the Perpetuities Act?

By Matthias Duensing One of the oldest and most complex issues that arise when advising clients on succession planning is how to manage what is known as the “rule ... Read more

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One head is better than two when it comes to powers of attorney

Individuals should avoid appointing joint powers of attorney whenever possible, Toronto trust and estate litigator  Felice Kirsh tells  AdvocateDaily.com . Kirsh, a ... Read more

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Professional advice key when leaving gifts to charity

Testators should seek professional advice before leaving gifts to charity, Toronto wills and estates lawyer  Lisa Laredo tells  AdvocateDaily.com . “Before you ... Read more

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Can you bulletproof your will?

By Suzana Popovic-Montag As estate litigators with decades of experience, we’ve seen it all when it comes to estate disputes. Our firm has dealt with thousands of cases ... Read more

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Consider solutions, merit of claim before initiating will challenge

Wills can be challenged for a number of reasons in Alberta, but individuals should be sure to carefully and objectively weigh the benefits and drawbacks of doing so before ... Read more

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Mediation of estate disputes always worth considering

It’s better for parties embroiled in estate disputes to mediate sooner rather than later because the longer they litigate, the more financially and emotionally entrenched ... Read more

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Five things your clients should do before they die

By Ian Hull You advise and document estate plans for clients. You’re meticulous about detail and always do a thorough job. Is there anything you’ve overlooked? ... Read more

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Store originals with lawyers to avoid litigation over lost wills

A recent dispute over a lost will shows the value of storing the original in a lawyer’s vault, says Toronto estates litigator  Alexander Turner . The case involved ... Read more

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Digital asset planning a must in modern estates

As a person’s digital assets become increasingly complex, it’s important to include updated estate instructions around them, particularly if a child with special needs ... Read more

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Discuss estate planning during holiday get-togethers

By Matthias Duensing With the holidays fast approaching, families are no doubt planning their festivities. Having multiple generations under one roof is cause for joyous ... Read more

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Debate grows over presumed consent for organ donations

More provinces may turn to opt-out systems for organ donation as the Canadian population ages, says Toronto estates and trusts lawyer  Suzana Popovic-Montag . Earlier this ... Read more

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