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The lawyer’s estate planning retainer with a married couple

By Ian Hull As an estate planner and a lawyer, it is important to remember that when creating an estate plan, familial relations may turn negative. It becomes crucial for ... Read more

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Trusts and estates law a family affair for Mills

Toronto trusts and estates lawyer David Mills ’ forebears set high standards at Mills & Mills LLP , the oldest law firm in Canada with a continuous family presence. ... Read more

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Keeping your family informed

By Dennis Nerland Your children are your greatest legacy. If they are trusted to be the custodians of your business and wealth, at the very least they should be informed ... Read more

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Trustees, lawyers must distinguish their roles in estate administration

Confusion about the overlapping roles of lawyers and trustees could lead to problems in estate administration, Toronto estates and trusts lawyer Suzana Popovic-Montag  told ... Read more

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Hull, Popovic-Montag to discuss succession planning for litigators

On May 25, Toronto estates and trusts litigator  Ian Hull  will chair an event on ‘Succession Planning for Litigators,’ presented by the Law Society of Upper ... Read more

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Muhammad Ali estate dispute brewing

By Charles Ticker After Muhammad Ali passed away on June 3, 2016, several news sources reported that his estate may become the subject of a dispute. Although few details have ... Read more

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Hull e-State Planner automates estate planning

Estate planning can be a complex undertaking, but a new tool developed by Toronto estate lawyer  Ian Hull  aims to make the process easier for lawyers and their ... Read more

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Choose wisely when appointing a power of attorney

With financial abuse of elders on the rise, Toronto trust and estate litigator Felice Kirsh  tells AdvocateDaily.com it’s important to choose wisely when appointing ... Read more

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Ensure beneficiary designations are properly done

When planning your estate, give serious consideration to beneficiary designations, says Toronto trust and estate lawyer  Jessica Feldman . “Properly naming ... Read more

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Faded Genes rock it for the kids

Toronto-area estates litigator and mediator Charles Ticker  hits the stage with the Faded Genes  May 11 for a fundraiser for children with special needs. ... Read more

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Ontario court rules man born out of wedlock can't inherit from grandmother

A man who was born out of wedlock has been denied a share of his grandmother's estate after an Ontario court found the law at the time the woman's will was made excluded children ... Read more

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Wealth management insights

By Dennis Nerland Wealth is not finite. That implies it can be created. There are three generally accepted, primary methods by which to create wealth. These are: 1) ... Read more

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Kirsh to participate in panel discussion on validity of gifts

Toronto estate litigator Felice Kirsh will participate in a panel discussion on the validity of gifts at the upcoming B’nai Brith Estates and Trusts CLE Seminar for ... Read more

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Does solicitor/client privilege extend to trustee, beneficiary?

By Ian Hull Last week  we considered the application of solicitor/client privilege to a deceased testator and their testamentary intentions. A further consideration in ... Read more

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Hull to chair panel discussion on validity of gifts

Toronto estates and trusts litigator Ian Hull will chair a panel discussion on the validity of gifts at the upcoming B’nai Brith Estates and Trusts CLE Seminar for Lawyers ... Read more

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Use caution when granting power of attorney for property

Powers of attorney are often granted in anticipation of an individual becoming incapable of managing property, but   as Toronto wills and estates lawyer  Lisa ... Read more

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Hull, Popovic-Montag to speak at ‘Six-Minute Estates Lawyer 2017’

Toronto estates and trusts litigator  Ian Hull  is set to co-chair the upcoming "Six-Minute Estates Lawyer 2017" program, presented by the Law Society of Upper Canada. ... Read more

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Family communication key to avoiding estate litigation

In some families, the death of a loved one can spark a dispute that results in expensive and protracted litigation — but it is possible to minimize conflict by taking ... Read more

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Administration of Prince estate becomes more complicated

By Charles Ticker When Prince passed away on April 21, 2016, he left behind an estate believed to be worth several hundreds of millions of dollars. He died without a will and ... Read more

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Including children conceived posthumously in SLRA raises questions

Recent legislative changes that include children conceived posthumously in the definition of ‘child,’ — allowing them to claim financial support from the ... Read more

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