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Siblings battle over Meccano sets

By Charles Ticker A recent  story  from Whanganui, New Zealand illustrates how emotionally charged estate disputes can occasionally become. The dispute involves the ... Read more

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Communication skills critical in estate litigation

Estate litigation is a daunting and unfamiliar world for most people, and having an advocate guide them through the process and listen to their wishes is critical, says Toronto ... Read more

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Decision is a wake-up call for fiduciaries: Ticker

Estate trustees can’t always assume they will be protected from litigation costs following a recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal, Toronto-area estates ... Read more

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Responsiveness, communication vital to client satisfaction

By nature , estate litigation can be an emotional roller-coaster, and having a lawyer walk clients through the process goes a long way to calming their nerves, says Toronto ... Read more

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Wills should account for stored sperm and eggs: Popovic-Montag

Estate planners need to know about clients’ stored genetic material to ensure their consents are properly spelled out, says Toronto estates and trusts lawyer Suzana ... Read more

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The position of executor: from cradle to grave – Part II

By Avi Dahary Fact gathering In part one of this series, I provided an introduction to the position of estate executor, including basic principles to follow and ... Read more

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Henson trust advantages extend to families without special needs

Although some lawyers may know that Henson trusts are useful for families with members who have disabilities, many may not realize that there are other uses for these trusts for ... Read more

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Validity of in terrorem conditions

By Suzana Popovic-Montag An  in terrorem  condition attached to a testamentary gift keeps a beneficiary “in fear” of losing entitlement to the ... Read more

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Wills and estates lawyer Wahbi lands at Fogler Rubinoff

Toronto wills and estates lawyer Mary Wahbi found her legal calling on her very first day at work following qualification. Hired back at the end of her articling term, Wahbi ... Read more

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Webinars to explore top family, estates law cases of 2016

Brampton lawyer-linguist  Suzanne Deliscar is offering a pair of online sessions this winter in partnership with ezCPD.ca, aimed at highlighting 2016’s top cases ... Read more

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Ming porcelain collection dispute

By Charles Ticker A recent story from the United Kingdom found  here  illustrates what happens when siblings cannot come to an agreement on how to divide an ... Read more

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Fraudulent concealment

By Ian Hull Pursuant to s. 4 of the  Limitations Act ,  generally ,  a claim should be started by an individual within two years of the claim being ... Read more

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Elders a target for financial abuse

A recent CBC report on an elderly man whose children allegedly drained his bank account is a cautionary tale for those selecting a power of attorney (POA) for their assets, ... Read more

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The position of executor: from cradle to grave

By Avi Dahary Part I – An introduction to the position This is the first of a 10-part series in which the position of estate executor is explored from the time an ... Read more

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Growing popularity of cryonics raises legal issues

The falling price of cryonics has opened up the possibility of body preservation to more Canadians, Toronto estates and trusts lawyer Suzana Popovic-Montag  tells ... Read more

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Without a will, assets may go to unintended beneficiaries

By Matthias Duensing Having a lawyer draft your will is essential to ensure your assets are distributed according to your wishes. Not doing so can result in loved ones having ... Read more

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The doctrine of dependent relative revocation

By Suzana Popovic-Montag Section 15 of the  Succession Law Reform Act   ( SLRA ) sets out those events which may revoke a will: (a)  marriage  (subject ... Read more

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Redstone dispute mental examination denied

By Charles Ticker Over the last few months, I have written a few posts on the Sumner Redstone dispute. Redstone is an American billionaire and media magnate. Some of the ... Read more

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A win for testamentary freedom

By Daniel Bernstein A 2016 Court of Appeal ruling in the Spence Estate case reinstated a testator’s will and is a good decision in favour of testamentary freedom. The ... Read more

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Durante minore aetate – acting as executor for a minor

By Ian Hull When dealing with the administration of an estate, there is the possibility that a bequest will be left to a minor, resulting in the need for it to be held in ... Read more

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