Estates & Wills & Trusts

Change in family situations can trigger need for new will

Families grow and change over time and when life events such as remarriage or the birth of new grandchildren occur, it might be time to revisit your will, says Toronto trusts and estates lawyer Patrick Aulis. Read more

DIY wills are a recipe for disaster: Kirsh

Do-it-yourself (DIY) will kits can end up costing more than they save in legal fees, says Toronto trust and estate litigator Felice Kirsh, who is often called upon to litigate cases where testators created their own faulty estate documents. Read more

‘Complete autonomy’ essential when drafting a will: Horst

A recent Nova Scotia Supreme Court decision upholds the legal principle that people can leave their estate to whomever they want, provided they are fulfilling their support obligations, says Toronto wills and estate lawyer Marlin Horst. Read more

Pope’s webinar explores supporting people with mental illness

Ottawa disabilities and estate planning lawyer Kenneth Pope will host a webinar and Q&A session discussing how to best support your loved one with disabilities or mental illness. Read more

‘Knowledge and approval’ will challenges tough to prove: Smith

Litigants face an uphill battle when challenging a will on the basis of the testator’s lack of knowledge and approval, says Toronto estate litigator David M. Smith. Read more

Jedlinski offers personal service to entrepreneurs

Windsor corporate lawyer John Jedlinski is in it for the long haul with his clients. Read more

Select an alternate caregiver for pets in your will

A small but growing number of pet owners express interest in making provisions for their pets in their estate plans, Toronto trusts and estates lawyer Suzana Popovic-Montag tells The Canadian Press. Read more

Winehouse estate battle

By Charles Ticker According to a recent online story, Amy Winehouse’s ex-husband has reportedly filed a $1.6 million claim against the late singer’s estate. Read more

Squash or breakdancing at the Olympics – which would you choose?

By Ian Hull The Olympics seemed a lot simpler when Montreal hosted the summer games in 1976. Yes, there were some bizarre sports that seemed better suited to ancient Greece (hammer throw anyone?). Read more

The future of cars – hello hydrogen fuel cell

By Suzana Popovic-Montag Cars have never been a huge focus for me (more of a necessity than a passion) but, at my husband’s insistence, we do go to the Canadian Auto Show in Toronto every four or five years to look at the new models and think through possible future purchases. Read more

Caregivers entitled to compensation: court

Those who act as executors and attorneys are generally entitled to compensation for performing their duties, says Toronto litigator Matthew Urback. Read more

Contesting wills on the rise, Ticker not surprised

Large asset transfers and a willingness to sue are fuelling an explosion in estate litigation, says Toronto-area estates litigator and mediator Charles B. Ticker. Read more

Don’t miss out on caregiver tax credits: Pope

Families caring for a relative with a disability frequently miss out on tax credits because they don’t know about them, or aren’t aware that there have been changes in eligibility, says Ottawa estate planning and disabilities lawyer Kenneth Pope. Read more

Wills, succession, estate planning?

By Matthias Duensing Is it inadvisable to write my own will? Do I really need a lawyer to plan affairs relating to my estate? These are questions I get asked all the time. Read more

Residence exception rule changes impact capital gains taxes

Changes in the last few years concerning trusts and the principal residence exemption have fundamentally altered the estate planning process, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer Mary Wahbi. Read more