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Trigger alert: life changes mean you need to change your will

By Lisa Laredo You’ve written a will — great! But when was the last time you reviewed it? If you don’t know the answer to that question, then it’s ... Read more

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Tom Petty estate dispute offers lessons for testators

Celebrities are just like the rest of us when it comes to estate disputes, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer  Matthew Urback . Billboard magazine recently reported ... Read more

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Laugh at death (on us)

By Ian Hull During the past Halloween season, I couldn’t help laughing as I drove by a home in the country that had a very realistic looking, life-sized grim reaper on ... Read more

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Protecting social benefits for children with disabilities

Caring for a child with a disability is more than a lifelong commitment, and parents can ensure their loved ones are supported even after their passing with the right ... Read more

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Divorced or married, naming your child’s guardian is important

In the final instalment of a two-part series, Cornwall wills and estates lawyer Michele Allinotte discusses  guardianship obstacles and options for divorced couples. ... Read more

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Estate administration and blended families

In the first instalment of three-part series on family  law issues in the context of estate administration ,  Toronto wills and estates lawyer Lisa Laredo ... Read more

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Key for evaluative mediator to know subject matter

In the third instalment of a series on the benefits of estate mediation , Toronto trust and estate litigator and mediator Felice Kirsh discusses how to select a suitable ... Read more

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Living apart together relationships require planning and advice

By Michele Allinotte A recent Globe and Mail  article  reviewed the lives of several couples who chose to live apart in long term relationships. Full ... Read more

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Happy 60th — now start saving

By Suzana Popovic-Montag There are lots of positives to retirement and your senior years: fewer costs, more leisure time, and less daily stress to name a few. And these are ... Read more

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The dangers of joint ownership of the family cottage

In the final instalment of a four-part series on transferring ownership of the family cottage, Winnipeg wills and estates lawyer Cynthia Hiebert-Simkin discusses ... Read more

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Beware of inheritance scams: Popovic-Montag

Although a law firm may conduct a search to find a missing heir, potential beneficiaries are never required to send money or banking information, says Toronto trusts and estates ... Read more

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Don't put off naming a legal guardian: Allinotte

In the first instalment of a two-part series, Cornwall wills and estates lawyer Michele Allinotte discusses issues that can arise when naming a legal guardian .    ... Read more

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Aretha Franklin had handwritten wills

By Charles Ticker Aretha Franklin died on August 16, 2018, after battling pancreatic cancer for several years. At the time of her death, she was believed to have died without ... Read more

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Challenging a will not an easy task: Stairs

Beneficiaries and would-be beneficiaries are often unhappy about the contents of a will, but launching a challenge isn’t an easy thing to do, says Windsor wills and estates ... Read more

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What do I do now? I didn’t know I was an executor!

By Lisa Laredo Rule number one when writing your will: always ask your chosen executor before appointing them if they’re willing to take on the task. If you ... Read more

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Grocery store self-checkout: where will it lead?

By Ian Hull The move to retail automation amazes me – its impact is so unpredictable. The most recent kerfuffle relates to claims by one retailer's cashiers ... Read more

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Detailed will can reduce disputes between heirs

The more detail a testator can put into a will, the better, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer  Elinor Shinehoft . Shinehoft, principal of  Shinehoft Law , says a ... Read more

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Dictionary definition helps decide will challenge

Testators should steer clear of ambiguous language if they wish to avoid a will challenge after their death, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer  Matthew Urback . In a ... Read more

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A tightly drafted will can spare litigation

A recent Alberta will challenge illustrates the danger of a loosely drafted will, says Toronto-area estates litigator  Charles B. Ticker . The province’s Court ... Read more

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We can’t cut our smartphone habit — but we can cut the cost

By Suzana Popovic-Montag Talk to someone who lives in Europe or travels there for extended periods. Ask them what they pay for their phone plan. You’ll be shocked and ... Read more

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