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New Ottawa firm provides estate, real estate expertise

Ottawa lawyer  Tanya L. Carlton is pleased to announce the launch of her firm, telling AdvocateDaily.com she will be focusing her expertise on assisting clients with real ... Read more

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The issue of parental recognition

By Suzana Popovic-Montag On December 10, 2015,  private member's Bill 137  (also referred to as Cy and Ruby’s Act) passed its second reading at Queen’s ... Read more

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Types of elder abuse and why it often goes unreported

By Ian Hull The  World Health Organization  defines elder abuse as a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring in any relationship where ... Read more

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Kirsh to co-chair program on resolving estate disputes

Toronto estate litigator  Felice Kirsh  is set to co-chair an upcoming program on managing, mediating and litigating estate disputes, presented by Osgoode Professional ... Read more

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Judge should not have rejected alleged racist will: appeal court

TORONTO — An Ontario judge overstepped the law in rejecting a man's decision to disinherit his daughter over allegations he did it because she had a child with a white man, ... Read more

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Courts extending discretion to remove errant trustees

While beneficiaries were once faced with few options when it came to dealing with a misbehaving estate trustee, increasingly the courts are assisting in controlling the behaviour ... Read more

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Ruling a caution for lawyers with clients from one family

A recent decision that found a lawyer liable for negligence and breach of fiduciary duty after representing both parties in a family share purchase transaction is a ... Read more

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Court rules 'discriminatory' scholarships contrary to public policy

A recent Ontario Superior Court decision involving a "discriminatory" trust is yet another indication that the courts will intervene when provisions in a will are contrary to ... Read more

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Pro bono helps lawyers stay focused on what matters

It is easy for private practice lawyers to get caught up in the business of law — but providing pro bono access to legal services is a great way to regain perspective, ... Read more

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Lawyer receives large amount of money from client estate

By Charles Ticker I recently found an unusual story in the Detroit Free Press , Lansing Bureau. Mark Papazian, a lawyer, drafted estate documentation for a client, Robert ... Read more

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What’s in a name?

By Suzana Popovic-Montag In most common law jurisdictions, the devolution of an estate begins with the principle of testamentary freedom. That is, that a testator is free to ... Read more

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Court strikes down will that would create scholarships for white, straight students

TORONTO — An Ontario judge has ruled that a deceased doctor's plan to create scholarships for white, single and heterosexual students as part of his will amounts to ... Read more

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Second marriage estate planning can lead to conflicts

By Charles Ticker A recent  story  in the New Zealand Herald reveals some of the estate planning challenges that can arise following a second marriage. It ... Read more

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Cross-border successions and reviewing your foreign will

By Suzana Popovic-Montag Statistics show  that close to 450,000 cross-border successions take place each and every year in the European Union (EU). These successions ... Read more

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S. 72 assets, dependant’s support and estate trustee liability

By Ian Hull A recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice considers life insurance as a Succession Law Reform Act (SLRA) s. 72 asset, and the ... Read more

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It’s Monday morning. Do you know where your will is?

By Timothy N. Sullivan Last Monday morning I got a call from an old friend in Vancouver: “My mother is in the hospital and they don’t expect her to regain ... Read more

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Sherlock Holmes museum owners involved in dispute

By Charles Ticker The family of the owners of the Sherlock Holmes museum in London, England are involved in a bitter legal dispute. John Aidiniantz started the museum in ... Read more

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SCC ruling on physician-assisted dying prompting inquiries

The recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling on physician-assisted dying is raising questions about equal access to services across Canada and has prompted a number of ... Read more

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Deed of gift highly effective way to avoid disputes

A recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision involving a home purchased by a couple in the name of their son demonstrates that a deed of gift can be an effective way to ... Read more

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'Nuts and Bolts' webinars to cover estates, family law basics

Brampton lawyer-linguist  Suzanne Deliscar  is presenting a series of live webinars this month via ezCPD.ca, aimed at walking legal practitioners through the drafting of ... Read more

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