Estates & Wills & Trusts

How a walk in the park can improve your mental health

By Ian Hull . Anxiety, depression and other mental health issues can occur for any number of reasons, but they often emerge when a loved one has died. While grief is a natural occurrence that’s distinct from depression, it’s not unusual for the grief over the death of a friend or family member to trigger a major depressive episode. And these conditions can worsen if the death results in family conflict, whether over the estate or other family issues. Read more

What is the Canada Pension Plan death benefit?

By Michele Allinotte . The financial issues that arise from the death of a loved one can cause a significant amount of stress. It is important to look at all the options available to you to help defray the costs. Read more

Assessing a loved one’s capacity

Family members must often make tough decisions when a loved one shows signs of incapacity, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer Matthew Urback . Read more

Digital assets and estate planning – the new normal

In the first instalment of a two-part series, Cornwall wills and estates lawyer Michele Allinotte explores best practices in how to handle digital assets in your estate plan. Read more

No right of equalization when a common-law spouse dies

Toronto estates and trusts lawyer Ian Hull is hoping a decision in a suit of unjust enrichment he filed before the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) will bring much-needed clarity to the right of equalization for common-law spouses. Read more

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 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 . 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 . 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 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