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No right of equalization when a common-law spouse dies

Toronto estates and trusts lawyer Ian Hull  is hoping a decision in a  suit of unjust enrichment he filed before the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) will bring ... Read more

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Communication, detailed will essential for blended families

When it comes to blended families, a detailed will is crucial, Ottawa family lawyer and civil litigator Timothy N. Sullivan writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . ... Read more

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Court clarifies process for will challengers

Lawyers in the estates bar are breathing a sigh of relief after a recent decision provided some clarity on the evidence required to support a will challenge, Toronto-area estates ... Read more

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What will you do for long-term care?

By Suzana Popovic-Montag One of the challenges with demographic trends is that they tend to fly under the radar until they are suddenly upon us. Ensuring there is adequate ... Read more

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Five reasons you need a power of attorney for property

By Lisa Laredo Power of attorney (POA) documents are incredibly important. Without them, should you no longer be mentally or physically capable of making decisions on your ... Read more

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Specific will bequests can help avoid family conflict

Although sentimental objects or family heirlooms may not carry a high financial value, carefully detailing intentions for these special items in a will may go ... Read more

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Preparing and protecting estate freezes

While an estate freeze is a useful and important planning tool, it should be considered in the context of the potential pitfalls that may arise in any complex estate planning ... Read more

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Estate planning after a second marriage

In the first instalment of a two-part series, Winnipeg wills and estate lawyer Cynthia Hiebert-Simkin explores estate planning for second marriages. It’s one ... Read more

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When to review, revise or redo your will

Having a valid will in place is essential, but it is equally important to revisit and update your estate plan when life changes, Toronto wills and estates lawyer Lisa Laredo ... Read more

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Hockey fights are way down. Estate fights? Not so much

By Ian Hull Have you watched an NHL game recently? If you have, you may have noticed a significant change in one high-profile aspect of the game: fighting. It’s ... Read more

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Top two reasons wills are challenged: Urback

A claim of lack of capacity is a common reason wills are challenged and it can lead to a lengthy and costly legal process, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer  Matthew ... Read more

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Insolvent estates add stress to sad situation

An insolvent estate adds a layer of complexity to an already emotionally fraught situation, Cornwall wills and estates lawyer  Michele Allinotte  tells  ... Read more

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Legal guardianship and RDSPs: a primer

In the first installment of a two-part series, Ottawa disabilities and estate planning lawyer Ken Pope looks at the critical reasons parents of non-competent children ... Read more

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Reasons to write a power of attorney for personal care

By Lisa Laredo A power of attorney (POA) for personal care is a legal document that gives someone you trust the right to make medical decisions on your behalf, if and when ... Read more

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Court's gatekeeper role in estates cases curbed by decision

A “culture shift” in the estates bar may not be as dramatic as first expected, Toronto trusts and estates lawyer  David Mills tells  AdvocateDaily.com . ... Read more

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How to start the estate discussion: Larson

Thunder Bay wills and estates lawyer  Rene Larson  says discussing estate matters with an aging family member isn’t easy, but it’s a vital conversation. ... Read more

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Popovic-Montag to cover estate freezes at annual B’nai Brith seminar

On May 30, Toronto estates and trusts lawyer Suzana Popovic-Montag will speak at a session for lawyers and accountants hosted by B’nai Brith National Organization of ... Read more

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Ticker to share strategies for mediating estate disputes

On May 30, Toronto-area estates litigator and mediator Charles B. Ticker will speak at a session for lawyers and accountants hosted by B’nai Brith National ... Read more

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Follow these tips to bulletproof your will

With careful consideration during the drafting process, there are ways to make a will bulletproof, Toronto estates and trusts lawyer  Ian Hull  tells  ... Read more

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Rejection of probate applications confounds lawyers

A long-established practice to use primary and secondary wills is running up against some turbulence in the courts, Toronto wills and estates lawyer Mary Wahbi tells ... Read more

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