Estates & Wills & Trusts

When did you last update your will?

By Lisa Laredo . If you’ve written a will—congratulations—you are amongst the half of Canadian adults who say they’ve written a will . If you are amongst the other 50 per cent of Canadians, read here to find out why you don’t want to die without one. Read more

Review your estate plan upon marriage, divorce or separation

If a person fails to update their will and powers of attorney in the event of a change in marital status, there could be unintended consequences, Barrie-area litigator Steve Rastin tells . Read more

Dying for a cruise? What about dying on a cruise

By Suzana Popovic-Montag . Our estate litigation practice by its nature concerns end of life issues. And while no one expects the “end of life” to happen on a vacation, we’ve been involved in many estate files where that’s been the case. We’d like to think that vacation time is sacred, but the grim reaper begs to differ. Read more

Laredo: dying intestate can leave families in 'complete shambles'

When a person with minor children dies without a will, they lose control over appointing a guardian and providing for specific asset distribution, Toronto wills and estates lawyer Lisa Laredo tells Law Times . Read more

What you should know about powers of attorney for property

In this first instalment of a two-part series on powers of attorney, Toronto wills and estates lawyer Elinor Shinehoft discusses POAs for property. Read more

Search for missing beneficiary should be proportionate to bequest

When a beneficiary of an estate is missing, an estate trustee must convince the court that they have done a reasonable search before seeking relief, Toronto estates and trusts lawyer Suzana Popovic-Montag tells Law Times. Read more

A celebrity example of proper estate planning

While legendary singers Aretha Franklin and Prince died without wills, there is a celebrity that set a good example for others to consider when it comes to estate planning, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer Matthew Urback . Read more

If marriage breaks down, review will and beneficiary designations

The issue of where former and current spouses stand when it comes time to distribute wealth from an estate continues to draw the attention of the courts on many levels, Toronto-area estates litigator and mediator Charles B. Ticker tells Law Times . Read more

Decision shows value of B.C.'s new wills law

A recent ruling highlights the value of B.C.’s Wills, Estates and Succession Law Act (WESA), Kamloops trusts and estates lawyer Matthew Ford tells Read more

Are you ready to be a 21st century retiree?

By Ian Hull . We’re almost 19 years into the new century, so it seems a little late to be talking about the “new” 21 st century version of retirement. Or does it? Read more

Intestacy risky for parents of children with disabilities

Parents of children with disabilities have a greater incentive than most to prepare a will before they die, Ottawa disabilities and estate planning lawyer Kenneth Pope tells Read more

Simplified rules for smaller estates could cut probate costs

Ontario should implement special rules for smaller estates to bypass the need for probate, Toronto trusts and estates lawyer Daniel Bernstein tells Read more

The consequences of dying without a will

With surveys showing more than half of Canadians don't have a will, Barrie-area litigator Steve Rastin tells he suspects a fair amount people aren’t aware of some of the negative consequences if they die intestate. Read more

Abuse of elders becoming more common

By Charles Ticker . I recently came across two articles online from Australia that contain disturbing examples of how the abuse of elders has become more and more common. The first article suggests that the levels of elder abuse in certain parts of Australia have reached scandalous levels. According to the article, one of the root causes of the abuse is ageism in society. Specifically, there appear to be many people who suffer from inheritance impatience causing a lot of the elder abuse to take place within the family. Read more

A hippie commune for seniors?

By Ian Hull . Is it possible for today’s seniors to return to their hippie past? For some, plans are in the works. Read more