Estates & Wills & Trusts

Lawyers should take note of cheap, online legal tools: Urback

Lawyers should pay attention to online platforms that offer legal documents at a fraction of the price, Toronto litigator Matthew Urback tells The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Ticker to present at upcoming OBA program

Toronto-area estates litigator and mediator Charles B. Ticker will lead a session on how to handle expert evidence during an upcoming Ontario Bar Association professional development course. Read more

Preparing for mediation of estate disputes

Mediation has come to play such a significant role in estates disputes that lawyers need to undertake extensive preparation in order to represent their clients’ best interests, Toronto estates and trusts lawyer Ian Hull tells Read more

Ticker: DIY legal services an estate litigator's best friend

An online platform for people to create legal documents without the assistance of a lawyer is essentially the modernized version of will kits, Toronto-area estates litigator and mediator Charles B. Ticker tells The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Beware of 'zombie deeds'

Without administrative changes to the land registration system, the government has no way to determine the intent of the transferor, Toronto real estate and wills and estates lawyer Lisa Laredo tells . Read more

What happens to my will if my lawyer dies, retires or moves?

By Michele Allinotte . Someday, I hope to retire and enjoy my life after law with my family and loved ones. However, I will not be “riding off into the sunset”anytime soon, and I expect to be an active lawyer in Cornwall and area for another two or more decades. Read more

Unique considerations for LGBTQ estate planning

There are important estate planning considerations for LGBTQ individuals that take into account the unique needs and structure of their families, Toronto estates and trusts lawyer Suzana Popovic-Montag tells . Read more

How long does probate take?

By Michele Allinotte . As an estate administration lawyer in Cornwall, Ont., one of the most frequent questions clients ask me is, “How long does probate take?” Read more

Five threats to a healthy estate

By Ian Hull . We need to be vigilant on a number of fronts every day – from health to financial security, to our relationships with others. But there’s another front – the estate front – that requires some vigilance as well. While the threats to your estate can be mostly hidden when you are alive and healthy, they can quickly become a reality at the time of your death. Read more

The bitcoin estate plan

By Suzana Popovic-Montag . As I write this, a single bitcoin is worth more than US$8,200. It will undoubtedly be worth a different amount by the time you read this because the value of bitcoin can change quickly and dramatically. Read more

Personal touch sets Allinotte apart

Approachability is the key to Cornwall wills and estates lawyer Michele Allinotte’s practice. Read more

No such thing as materiality in estate accounts

While materiality is an important convention in accounting and auditing relating to the significance of an amount, transaction, or discrepancy, it has no real application in estate accounts, says Avi Dahary , founder of AccounTrust. Read more

Disinherited children may have claims against estate

By Charles Ticker . Disinherited children may be entitled to share in lottery winner’s estate Read more

Align beneficiary designations to reduce litigation risk

Testators can minimize the chance of their estates ending up in litigation by aligning their beneficiary designations, Toronto trust and estate litigator Felice Kirsh tells Read more

Don’t forget your digital property in estate planning

With the exponential rise in the value of cryptocurrency, it’s important to include this new-age asset in your estate planning, Toronto litigator Matthew Urback writes in the Financial Post . Read more