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Five things your clients should do before they die

By Ian Hull You advise and document estate plans for clients. You’re meticulous about detail and always do a thorough job. Is there anything you’ve overlooked? ... Read more

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Digital asset planning a must in modern estates

As a person’s digital assets become increasingly complex, it’s important to include updated estate instructions around them, particularly if a child with special needs ... Read more

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Discuss estate planning during holiday get-togethers

By Matthias Duensing With the holidays fast approaching, families are no doubt planning their festivities. Having multiple generations under one roof is cause for joyous ... Read more

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Debate grows over presumed consent for organ donations

More provinces may turn to opt-out systems for organ donation as the Canadian population ages, says Toronto estates and trusts lawyer  Suzana Popovic-Montag . Earlier this ... Read more

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Caregiver loses battle with son of elderly client

By Charles Ticker Caregiver accused of influencing loses court battle A  recent story  I found online from Auckland, New Zealand is an example of the kind of ... Read more

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Fertility beyond the grave

By Suzana Popovic-Montag Here’s a problem that was hardly imaginable a couple of generations ago. Sperm, ova or embryos are preserved for future use. The donor (or one ... Read more

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Triggers for updating your will: changes in assets

This is Part 1 of a three-part series where Toronto wills and estates lawyer Mary Wahbi  talks about the life events that should trigger a review of your will. In ... Read more

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Trust, communication key when creating estate planning agreements

Creating a representation agreement may seem simple and direct — but in reality, it involves a personalized process that requires clients to consider a number of difficult ... Read more

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Vital to include specifics when creating advanced directives

An advance directive conveys the health care wishes of an individual while they are still mentally capable of expressing them, but these instructions have been criticized for ... Read more

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Estate planning discussions prudent before an emergency

It can be one of the toughest subjects to talk about, but discussing estate planning is important for families to ensure final wishes are honoured, says Toronto wills and estates ... Read more

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Mandatory will registry would aid estate administration process

A central database of wills is a helpful tool for lawyers to turn to when they’re in need of information, but it would be more beneficial if these ... Read more

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High net worth individuals need special insurance solutions

By Ian Hull High net worth individuals typically have more than enough money to live their desired lifestyle. But there’s an important element that even the wealthiest ... Read more

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Charitable pledges tough to enforce

Charitable pledges are generally not enforceable, Toronto estates and trusts lawyer  Ian Hull  tells  AdvocateDaily.com . The only truly enforceable gift is one ... Read more

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Time to up the ante on advice and wealth planning for women

By Ian Hull There are a few holdovers from the Mad Men era of 50 or 60 years ago when men were the primary breadwinners and wealth managers – and women looked after the ... Read more

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Joint accounts: the gift that keeps on giving (to estate litigators)

Conflicting court decisions are contributing to a rise in estate litigation over joint bank accounts, Toronto-area estates litigator and mediator Charles B. Ticker  writes ... Read more

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The nightmare of retaining estate planning documents

Like most of her estate-planning colleagues, Toronto wills and estates lawyer Mary Wahbi retains the originals of clients’ wills — encompassing wills and other ... Read more

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Broaching difficult conversations with aging parents

Having a conversation with aging parents about their wishes once they’re unable to care for themselves is difficult, so Toronto litigator Matthew Urback advises adult ... Read more

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Blanket ban on assisted dying for minors could breach the Charter

Barring minors from medical assistance in dying (MAiD) could be unconstitutional, Toronto estates and trusts lawyer  Suzana Popovic-Montag tells The Lawyers Daily . Just ... Read more

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Blended family adds wrinkles to intestacy

Intestacy takes on an extra level of complication when blended families are involved, says Toronto trust and estate litigator  Felice Kirsh . Kirsh, a partner with  ... Read more

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Larson offers a personal touch with house calls

Every morning, Thunder Bay wills and estates lawyer Rene Larson walks his German shepherd four kilometres near his home on a small lake north of the city. It’s an ... Read more

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