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What happens to my business when I die?

By Kristine Anderson Starting and running your own business as a sole proprietor may be more common today but that doesn't mean it’s easy — it takes ... Read more

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Removing an estate trustee for conflict of interest

By Suzana Popovic-Montag Estate trustees play a critical role in administering an estate. Their role can give them great decision- making power. Yet this power can be abused. ... Read more

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Alexander Turner finds fair solutions to estate issues

Alexander Turner thrives on helping people find fair and practical resolutions to estate legal issues. The Toronto litigator advises and represents clients seeking solutions ... Read more

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Will challenge failure results in sum going to group founder

By Charles Ticker I recently came across an interesting story that illustrates some of the problems that may occur if a will challenge fails. This story is also a reminder ... Read more

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Detailed notes important in case of will challenge

Toronto estate litigator Sean Lawler says lawyers drafting wills should take careful notes in the event there is a challenge later on. Lawler, a partner with ... Read more

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Felice Kirsh endorsed in 2016 Legal Lexpert Directory

Toronto trust and estate litigator Felice Kirsh is named in the 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as one of the most consistently recommended practitioners for her ... Read more

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An update on statutory wills

By Suzana Popovic-Montag Testamentary capacity is a prerequisite to the creation of a valid will. For those who do not possess testamentary capacity, either due to a change ... Read more

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Wills basics: revocation, revival, republication

By Ian Hull The nature of a will is that it is revocable, meaning that testators can change their mind, cause their will to no longer be in effect, and make a new will at any ... Read more

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OCA: lower court erred in finding woman had no money of her own

Toronto wills and estates lawyer Daniel Bernstein says a recent decision by the Court of Appeal is “insightful” in its take on beneficial ownership of a house ... Read more

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OCA orders litigant to pay $282,000 after 20-year dispute

Toronto wills and estates lawyer Patrick J. Aulis says before a litigant advances a position in the courts, they should make sure their position is reasonable on the facts and ... Read more

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Stay organized, network when starting law firm

The learning curve can be steep for lawyers going out on their own — making resiliency, flexibility and organization essential steps to success, Toronto real estate and ... Read more

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Eviction from castle estate may follow nasty sibling dispute

By Charles Ticker A recent story published in The Telegraph (found  here ), shows the kind of hostility that can occur in a sibling estate dispute. One of the parties ... Read more

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Kristine Anderson enjoys the art of advocacy

Toronto lawyer Kristine Anderson has enjoyed a wide and varied career both as a civil and estate litigator, creating a distinctive law practice that combines the two. ... Read more

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The legal effect of death during litigation

By Ian Hull The hockey legend, Gordie Howe, died this past Friday. He leaves behind four children and nine grandchildren. The details of his estate are not yet known. The day ... Read more

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Lawyers must consider FLA when drafting wills

Toronto wills and estates lawyer Anar Dewshi says it’s imperative lawyers not overlook the Family Law Act (FLA) when drafting wills, particularly when the ... Read more

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Weigh implications before structuring estate to reduce probate tax

Arranging your estate so it pays the least possible amount in probate tax may seem like an attractive idea, but you should first carefully weigh the financial and legal ... Read more

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Good practice to review your estate plan every few years

Contemplating your own death is never much fun, but it can be a lifesaver for your beneficiaries when your time comes, says Ottawa wills and estates lawyer Tanya Carlton , who ... Read more

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Supreme Court will not hear case of a will called racist by spurned heir

OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) will not hear an appeal from a woman who claimed she was disinherited in her father's will because she had a child with a white ... Read more

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Province should revisit issue of will revocation on marriage

Ontario should join the growing group of Canadian common-law jurisdictions that have done away with a law that automatically revokes the wills of people who marry, says Toronto ... Read more

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Construction tycoon estate dispute between stepmom and stepson

By Charles Ticker A recent estate dispute from Britain illustrates some of the conflicts that may arise among family members in blended family situations. The dispute stems ... Read more

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