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The consequences of dying without a will

With surveys showing more than half of Canadians don't have a will, Barrie-area litigator Steve Rastin tells AdvocateDaily.com he suspects a fair amount people aren’t ... Read more

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Abuse of elders becoming more common

By Charles Ticker I recently came across two articles online from Australia that contain disturbing examples of how the abuse of elders has become more and more common. ... Read more

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A hippie commune for seniors?

By Ian Hull Is it possible for today’s seniors to return to their hippie past? For some, plans are in the works. Youth of the 1960s were a powerful social force that ... Read more

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Providing eldercare? Have an estate discussion

By Suzana Popovic-Montag We’ve seen it too many times in our estate litigation practice. An adult child moves in with an elderly parent and looks after them in the ... Read more

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The impact of DNA testing on wills and estates

The proliferation of online DNA kits is raising issues in estate disputes, Cornwall wills and estates lawyer  Michele Allinotte  tells  AdvocateDaily.com . ... Read more

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Tracing missing beneficiaries a headache for executors

Frequently checking your will improves the chance your estate trustee will be able to find all your beneficiaries after your death, Toronto trust and estate litigator Felice ... Read more

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Without a will, rules of intestacy apply

While statistics show that more than half of Canadians don't have a will, Toronto wills and estates lawyer Lisa Laredo says it’s important to understand what happens when ... Read more

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Lack of a will could be 'troubled water' for Franklin's beneficiaries

Reports that singer Aretha Franklin died without an estate plan are “shocking” and highlight the need for all people — not just the rich and famous — to ... Read more

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Discussing assets and debts with a lawyer

While it’s great to do one’s homework before meeting with a lawyer to discuss estate matters, it’s important to exercise caution when doing so, Winnipeg ... Read more

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Mediating estate disputes part 3: common mistakes

In the final instalment of a three-part series, Toronto-area estates litigator and mediator Charles B. Ticker discusses common mediation mistakes. In order for an estate ... Read more

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Case illustrates why wills are vital for dependants

A recent matter where the common-law spouse of a man who died without a will was awarded the entire estate highlights the importance of dependant support claims, Toronto trusts ... Read more

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Does your estate plan need a touch up?

By Suzana Popovic-Montag If you have a will, you’re one of a minority of Canadians who have taken that crucial step in the estate planning process. A recent  ... Read more

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Ensuring one’s wishes are R-E-S-P-E-C-T-ed and other lessons from Aretha

Dying without a will means an estate will be dispersed among family in an orderly way, but not necessarily the way the person would have wanted, says Toronto wills and estates ... Read more

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The perils of do-it-yourself wills

By Lisa Laredo Have you ever thought about using an online service to write a will instead of hiring a lawyer to draft one for you? After all, dozens of websites offer to ... Read more

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A different approach to work-life balance

By Ian Hull A recent Globe and Mail  article  on vacation time caught my eye. In it, Elizabeth Renzetti notes an ADP Canada study that found that: only one ... Read more

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Planning, advice may help mitigate joint tenancy tax issues

While property transfers can be a relatively straightforward estate planning tool, clients can inadvertently trigger tax liabilities if they make seemingly "insignificant" changes ... Read more

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Looking out for pets amid divorce and estate planning

It’s only a matter of time before society's popular opinion changes the law that relegates pets as property, predicts Toronto lawyer Elinor Shinehoft . "Animals are ... Read more

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Pope’s practice dedicated to families of children with special needs

Ottawa disabilities and estate planning lawyer  Kenneth Pope  works within a narrow niche, but he says there are many more people in Ontario he can help. Pope, ... Read more

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Charging consultation fee pays off for lawyer, clients

Charging for initial consultations may actually boost the number of new clients coming through the door, Ottawa trusts and estates lawyer  Timothy N. Sullivan ... Read more

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Expertise, financial savvy key factors in choosing estate trustee

Determining whether a loved one or a trust company will manage your estate can be almost as important as setting out what your beneficiaries will receive, says Toronto wills and ... Read more

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