Estates & Wills & Trusts

Changes to asset value may create unintended will inequities

It’s important to periodically track changes in value when bequeathing specific assets to individuals in your will, says Toronto trusts and estates lawyer Patrick J. Aulis. Read more

Make sure to appoint a power of attorney: Allinotte

Drawing up a will can give you peace of mind but naming a power of attorney may be even more essential, says Cornwall wills and estates lawyer Michele Allinotte. Read more

Do you miss your alarm clock?

By Suzana Popovic-Montag Smartphones have disrupted a lot of old school technology – the humble alarm clock being one of them. Few people under 30 own an alarm clock, and I’m sure many don’t even know what an alarm clock is. Read more

A special needs child requires special planning

By David M. Smith Approximately 1 in 66 Canadian children were diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in 2018. Autism is just one of many developmental disorders that children are diagnosed with each year. Read more

Removing executor of a will cannot be done on a whim: Horst

Removing the executor of a will is a difficult proposition — and for good reason, says Toronto wills and estate lawyer Marlin Horst. Read more

Sloppy will drafting can lead to family feud

By Matthias Duensing Lorne Hicklin was a well-loved member of his community, who ran an automotive repair shop in partnership with his younger brother James. Read more

Equalization of net family property after a spouse dies

Many people do not know that upon the death of their spouse, they can either receive an inheritance under the will or claim an equalization of net family property, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer Lisa Laredo. Read more

Estate mediation can help preserve familial relationships

Mediation can help familial relationships survive an estate dispute, says Toronto trust and estate litigator and mediator Felice Kirsh. Read more

Five ways to make your summer rock

By Ian Hull Summer is fleeting – and we often put pressure on ourselves to make the most of this three-month sliver of warmer weather. Read more

The estate sale – can it be a treasure island?

By Suzana Popovic-Montag We wrote several months ago about the declining value of household furniture and other items – especially antiques that were highly desired decades ago. Read more

Regular review of your will is important: Allinotte

Regularly reviewing your will is a vital part of estate planning, especially for those in their golden years beginning new romantic relationships, says Cornwall wills and estates lawyer Michele Allinotte. Read more

Discussing future of cottage can alleviate family disputes

While summer is the perfect time to relax at the cottage, it may also be the ideal opportunity for families to start considering what will happen with that property once the parents who own it pass away, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer Mary Wahbi. Read more

Jackson estate involved in litigation with HBO

By Charles Ticker It has been more than ten years since Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009. The musician’s estate has since been involved in various kinds of litigation. Read more

Online will kits don’t cover all the bases: Ticker

People can initially save money by using an online will kit instead of going to a lawyer, but they may pay dearly for that shortcut down the road, says Toronto-area estates litigator Charles B. Ticker. Read more

Pope to host webinar on supported living alternatives

Ottawa disabilities and estate planning lawyer Kenneth Pope will host a webinar and Q&A session discussing various profit and not-for-profit supported living alternatives. Read more