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E-wills are coming, till then paper documents crucial: Wahbi

While electronic forms of wills may be common one day, there are a number of hurdles that have to be dealt with to get there, Toronto wills and estates lawyer  Mary ... Read more

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Blended families complicate estate planning

By Lisa Laredo You already know that dying without a will is the safest way to ensure that you have absolutely no options whatsoever as to how your estate is to be divided. ... Read more

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Five things that will disappear in our lifetime

By Suzana Popovic-Montag It never stops. Another year on the calendar turns, and we receive another jolting reminder of the years passing. It’s not just loved ones that ... Read more

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Holographic will can create issues around testator's intention

It’s best to avoid a handwritten informal will because improper drafting may lead to the document not being valid and could create significant questions of interpretation, ... Read more

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Preferred beneficiary versus qualifying disability trust elections

Electing to make a testamentary trust a qualifying disability trust (QDT) is not always the best option for beneficiaries with special needs, Ottawa disabilities and estate ... Read more

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Audits on the rise for Estate Information Returns

Executors must take care to accurately complete their Estate Information Return (EIR) as the province steps up its compliance efforts, Toronto wills and estates lawyer  ... Read more

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Estate of Aretha Franklin facing various difficulties

By Charles Ticker Aretha Franklin passed away from pancreatic cancer on August 16, 2018, at the age of 76. Immediately after her death, it became apparent that she died ... Read more

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SCC rules on importance of irrevocable beneficiary designation

A recent Supreme Court of Canada (SCC)  case shows the importance of an irrevocable beneficiary designation for spouses hoping to secure support payments using life ... Read more

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Take proper steps to prove mental capacity in a will: Laredo

While the standards of mental capacity required to draw up a will are well known, a court challenge is always a possibility if the proper steps are not taken when it is being ... Read more

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Good record-keeping key to tax-efficient cottage estate plan

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

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Law has last say in what happens to your body when you die

Choosing what happens to your body after you die comes with limitations governed by the law, Toronto-area estates litigator and mediator  Charles B. Ticker  tells  ... Read more

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The role of interpersonal dynamics in family, estate mediations

Fundamental issues occurring in both family and estates law cases often come down to problems or conflicts between family members, Toronto lawyer and mediator  Eric Gossin ... Read more

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Divisional Court confirms common estate planning tool: Radnoff

A recent Ontario Divisional Court ruling on multiple wills is “significant” because it validates a standard estate planning procedure, Toronto commercial litigator and ... Read more

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Locating a will can be a tricky business

Knowing when to stop the search for a will following the death of a loved one is a tough call, Toronto litigator  Matthew Urback  tells  AdvocateDaily.com . ... Read more

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Do you lie to your doctor?

By Ian Hull Your annual physical is approaching, and you’re still averaging three to four alcoholic drinks per night – despite the fact that you told your doctor ... Read more

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Common-law spouses need a will to protect themselves

Common-law spouses don’t have the same rights as married couples when a partner dies and need wills to protect themselves, Cornwall wills and estates lawyer  ... Read more

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Wills: not just for people with large estates

By Timothy N. Sullivan We hear it all the time: “I don’t have much, so I don’t need a will.” Preparing a will is a conscious effort. From deciding ... Read more

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Fertilizer for your brain: how to grow your resilience

By Suzana Popovic-Montag Let me give you the bad news first: some people are naturally more resilient than others – and life can be tough if your resilience falls in ... Read more

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AccounTrust continues to expand multidimensional client services

As AccounTrust celebrates its 15 th birthday, founder Avi Dahary  says he’s already looking forward to the next 15 years. Since its inception in January, ... Read more

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Pope to host webinars on disability estate planning

Ottawa disabilities and estate planning lawyer  Kenneth Pope is hosting webinars where he discusses special needs and disability estate planning. Pope, principal of  ... Read more

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