Estates & Wills & Trusts

Perfect is the enemy of good

By Michele Allinotte Like most lawyers, I tend towards perfectionism. Being detail-oriented and pushing to get things “just right” is a good thing often, but to a point. Read more

Jury out on probate fee changes

It remains to be seen how Ontario’s elimination of probate fees for small estates will play out in the long run, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer Lisa Laredo. Read more

Debunking a will myth: ‘I can do it myself’

Hiring a lawyer will almost always save testators and their beneficiaries money in the long run, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer Mary Wahbi, who advises clients on the shortcomings of do-it-yourself solutions. Read more

Epstein had an unconventional will

By Charles Ticker The 1953 Trust created by Jeffrey Epstein could be challenged in court. Read more

New Brunswick court reduces “windfall” trustee compensation

By Suzana Popovic-Montag One steady source of estate litigation is the uncertainty around estate trustee compensation. Read more

Daughters challenge validity of late NFL team owner's trust

By Charles Ticker A recent story online outlines the latest developments in the Bowlen family dispute. Read more

When a gift is bare-ly a trust

By Ian Hull Recently, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that even where a gift is not validly executed, the intention of the parties can still be fulfilled through a bare trust. Read more

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