Estates & Wills & Trusts

Estate talk awkward but necessary: Aulis

Broaching the “estate talk" with a reluctant older family member is awkward but necessary for younger relatives, Toronto trusts and estates lawyer Patrick J. Aulis tells Read more

Elder abuse often tough to spot: Urback

The often-subtle signs of elder abuse make it a tricky problem to diagnose, Toronto litigator Matthew Urback tells Read more

Worst-case scenario thinking improves will accuracy

Planning for family disasters makes for a more accurate estate plan, Cornwall wills and estates lawyer Michele Allinotte tells Read more

Make it your year for ‘best picture’ critical thinking

By Ian Hull . Do you ever wonder how your emotions impact your decision-making? Or more specifically, how many sub-optimal decisions you make based on emotion? Read more

Brothers fighting over their mother’s estate

By Charles Ticker . A recent story from England outlines some of the difficulties siblings may encounter with respect to their parents’ estates. The story is about an estate dispute between three brothers. Read more

OCA decision a warning to trustees to be reasonable

Trustees must tread carefully if they want to avoid ending up personally on the hook for litigation costs, Toronto-area estates litigator and mediator Charles B. Ticker tells Read more

The benefits and risks of naming a second POA

Appointing more than one person to be an attorney for property has its benefits, not the least of which is convenience, but it’s not always necessary and can have a downside as well, Toronto estates and trusts lawyer Ian Hull tells Read more

Can I amend my own will?

By Michele Allinotte . I often have clients call me and either ask me if they can change their wills themselves, or if they can change their will by crossing out and amending items and then adding their initials to the changes. Read more

The ultimate 'selfie': video record your health care wishes

By Suzana Popovic-Montag . In an ideal situation, if you suffer a health crisis, you’ll be able to communicate your health care preferences directly to your doctors or hospital staff. But if you’re not able to communicate your health care wishes, you need someone to do that on your behalf. Read more

Client complaints inevitable in emotional practice areas

Law society complaints are an occupational hazard for lawyers in emotional practice areas, Toronto trust and estate litigator Felice Kirsh tells Read more

Legal advice key when planning for children with special needs

With proper planning, the parents of a child with special needs can provide them with a secure future, Ottawa disabilities and estate planning lawyer Kenneth Pope tells Read more

Updating your will: Allinotte

By Michele Allinotte . As an estate planning lawyer in Cornwall, Ont., I commonly see people who understand the importance of the initial estate planning, but then forget that they need to keep their wills and trusts up-to-date. These documents aren’t something that should just be done once and then tucked into a safety deposit box never to be visited again. Actually, there are several times in the course of your life that you need to dig out your wills and make changes. Read more

POA beats DNR tattoo across chest: Shinehoft

Communicating one’s wishes for end-of-life care is essential to ensure they’re honoured, but there’s still no guarantee that family members and doctors will be aware of a patient’s request, Toronto wills and estates lawyer Elinor Shinehoft tells Read more

Digital assets, accounts should be included in estate planning

Technology may have changed most Canadians’ day-to-day lives, but it’s also having an impact on how they should prepare for their declining years and even death, says Winnipeg wills and estates lawyer Cynthia Hiebert-Simkin. Read more

Getting remarried? Three conversations to have before you say ‘I do’

By Michele Allinotte . Wedding planning season is upon us. Many area couples are marrying late in life and might be trying their hand at love for the second or third time. But, as many newly remarried couples will soon find out, starting a new life together can get downright complicated, especially when there are premarital assets and children from previous marriages thrown into the mix. Read more