Estates & Wills & Trusts

Court clarifies process for will challengers

Lawyers in the estates bar are breathing a sigh of relief after a recent decision provided some clarity on the evidence required to support a will challenge, Toronto-area estates litigator and mediator Charles B. Ticker tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

What will you do for long-term care?

By Suzana Popovic-Montag . One of the challenges with demographic trends is that they tend to fly under the radar until they are suddenly upon us. Read more

Five reasons you need a power of attorney for property

By Lisa Laredo . Power of attorney (POA) documents are incredibly important. Without them, should you no longer be mentally or physically capable of making decisions on your own, the courts and/or governments determine what happens to you and your property, and who gets to make those decisions. Read more

Preparing and protecting estate freezes

While an estate freeze is a useful and important planning tool, it should be considered in the context of the potential pitfalls that may arise in any complex estate planning technique, Toronto estates and trusts lawyer Suzana Popovic-Montag tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

When to review, revise or redo your will

Having a valid will in place is essential, but it is equally important to revisit and update your estate plan when life changes, Toronto wills and estates lawyer Lisa Laredo tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Hockey fights are way down. Estate fights? Not so much

By Ian Hull . Have you watched an NHL game recently? If you have, you may have noticed a significant change in one high-profile aspect of the game: fighting. It’s declined rapidly. Just 10 years ago, fighting occurred in about 40 per cent of games. That number today is 17 per cent. TSN has a good analysis of why it’s happened. Read more

Top two reasons wills are challenged: Urback

A claim of lack of capacity is a common reason wills are challenged and it can lead to a lengthy and costly legal process, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer Matthew Urback. Read more

Insolvent estates add stress to sad situation

An insolvent estate adds a layer of complexity to an already emotionally fraught situation, Cornwall wills and estates lawyer Michele Allinotte tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Legal guardianship and RDSPs: a primer

In the first installment of a two-part series, Ottawa disabilities and estate planning lawyer Ken Pope looks at the critical reasons parents of non-competent children should consider legal guardianship. Read more

Reasons to write a power of attorney for personal care

By Lisa Laredo . A power of attorney (POA) for personal care is a legal document that gives someone you trust the right to make medical decisions on your behalf, if and when you are no longer mentally or physically capable of making decisions on your own. Read more

Popovic-Montag to cover estate freezes at annual B’nai Brith seminar

On May 30, Toronto estates and trusts lawyer Suzana Popovic-Montag will speak at a session for lawyers and accountants hosted by B’nai Brith National Organization of Canada. Read more

Ticker to share strategies for mediating estate disputes

On May 30, Toronto-area estates litigator and mediator Charles B. Ticker will speak at a session for lawyers and accountants hosted by B’nai Brith National Organization of Canada. Read more

Follow these tips to bulletproof your will

With careful consideration during the drafting process, there are ways to make a will bulletproof, Toronto estates and trusts lawyer Ian Hull tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Rejection of probate applications confounds lawyers

A long-established practice to use primary and secondary wills is running up against some turbulence in the courts, Toronto wills and estates lawyer Mary Wahbi tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Pot talk: coverage for medical cannabis is here

By Suzana Popovic-Montag . Unless there’s an unexpected shift or delay by our government, the Cannabis Act will make the use of cannabis for recreational purposes legal sometime this summer. Each province will have a system in place that provides for the sale of the drug. Read more