Estates & Wills & Trusts

Digital estate plan can save loved ones added grief, expense

Failing to account for monetary and personal digital assets in your will could have devastating consequences for your surviving family members, Toronto trusts and estates lawyer Suzana Popovic-Montag tells Maclean’s magazine. Read more

Creating a will crucial for parents of child with disability

Many people avoid making a will not solely due to procrastination but from a morbid aversion that, in doing so, there’s a sense they’re one step closer to acknowledging their own mortality, says Ottawa estate planning and disabilities lawyer Kenneth Pope. Read more

Families face hardships when loved one dies without a will

TORONTO — Dying without a will is a selfish decision that can add financial hardship to families suffering with grief, legal experts say. Read more

Corroboration needed when making claim on estate: Smith

A recent case reinforces the fact that hearsay statements are inadmissible in court when it comes to making a claim on an estate, says Toronto estate litigator David M. Smith, who represented a man who was granted a motion for summary judgment to dismiss a challenge that he was unjustly enriched. Read more

Video wills not likely any time soon: Urback

Technology may be expanding our horizons faster than ever imagined, but don’t expect to see the legal acceptance of video wills any time soon, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer Matthew Urback. Read more

Discuss your will with your family: Shinehoft

Making your final wishes known before you die is the best way to avoid conflict over your will, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer Elinor Shinehoft. Read more

Rights to the matrimonial home upon death of a spouse

It’s important to understand who will have rights to the matrimonial home following the death of a spouse when drafting your will, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer Lisa Laredo. Read more

Details are essential when it comes to writing a will

It’s not enough to simply make a will if you fail to provide specifics of your last wishes, says Toronto-area estates litigator and mediator Charles B. Ticker. Read more

Keep tabs on shifts in tax law for estate planning: Aulis

When it comes to estate planning, the idea is to make sure as much of your wealth stays with your beneficiaries instead of the tax collector, so it’s vital to stay on top of changes in this area of the law, says Toronto trusts and estates lawyer Patrick Aulis. Read more

Dying without will can expose families to financial hardships

TORONTO — Dying without a will is a selfish decision that can add financial hardship to families suffering with grief, legal experts say. Read more

Preparing for estate mediation

By Ian Hull With the enactment of Rule 75.1 of the Rules of Civil Procedure, those involved in disputes relating to an estate, trust or substitute decision-making matter in Toronto, Ottawa or the County of Essex are referred to mediation unless there is a court order exempting it under Rule 75.1.04. Read more

Dispelling the myth that creating a will is unnecessary

People give up control of their estate administration when they fail to make a will, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer Mary Wahbi. Read more

It’s easier than ever to get small

By Suzana Popovic-Montag Comedian Steve Martin’s 1977 “Let’s Get Small” album foreshadows a lot of what’s been happening in our world recently. Read more

Client-first approach bolsters Black’s reputation

Whether he’s acting as counsel or mediator, Toronto wills and estates lawyer and mediator Howard Black has the same aim in mind. Read more

Top three reasons to make a will: Derfel

Few people like to confront their own mortality, but Toronto trusts and estates lawyer David Derfel says the momentary discomfort of drafting a will is worth it in the long run. Read more