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Does your elderly parent need help?

By Ian Hull It’s a situation shared by many – you have a single elderly parent living alone. They’ve always been able to handle their day-to-day needs, with ... Read more

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Without a will, family often left with unintended consequences

Dying without a will may have unintended consequences on one’s family members, Toronto wills and estates lawyer  Matthew Urback tells Law Times . Urback, an ... Read more

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Resealing of foreign orders appointing guardians

By David M. Smith and Yasmin M. Vinograd In some cases, an incapable person residing outside of Canada has assets in Canada. Can a guardian appointed outside of ... Read more

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Pope to discuss estate planning for children with special needs

Ottawa disabilities and estate planning lawyer  Kenneth Pope  will host a webinar and Q&A session discussing estate planning for people with disabilities as well as ... Read more

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Supreme Court of Canada clarifies unjust enrichment test

A ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada offers clarity on the test for unjust enrichment,   says Toronto estate litigator  David M. Smith   who acted for the ... Read more

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Seek legal advice to ensure charity bequest is smooth, efficient

When leaving a bequest to a charitable organization in your will, it’s important to seek legal advice to ensure your gift is dealt with properly, Cornwall wills and estates ... Read more

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Common sense needed when dealing with POAs: Urback

While it’s important to ensure powers of attorney properly deal with a grantor’s wishes, fear of potential fraud can stymy the whole process, Toronto litigator  ... Read more

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Body donation and the limits on testamentary wishes

There are limits to what can be done with one’s body after death, Toronto wills and estates lawyer  Matthias Duensing writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . ... Read more

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Consequences of not having a will far outweigh the cost of drafting one

Creating a will can be overwhelming — hence why many people put it off — but Toronto trusts and estates lawyer  Daniel Bernstein tells his clients not to think ... Read more

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Benjamin order can protect trustee if there's a missing beneficiary

When a beneficiary of an estate remains missing following reasonable searches, there are some approaches estate trustees can take to protect themselves, Toronto-area estates ... Read more

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Avoiding probate just got a little harder — but don’t panic

By Timothy N. Sullivan Canadians are in the fortunate position that there are no succession duties or death taxes. However, some institutions or agencies require ... Read more

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The great estate – five ways to make it happen

By Suzana Popovic-Montag As estate litigators, we’ve seen a lot of bad estates and bad estate situations. The good news is because we know the bad, we can advise ... Read more

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Managing the transition from ODSP to OAS/GIS for those with disabilities

People with disabilities may need help negotiating the tricky transition from the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) to old age benefits after age 65, Ottawa disabilities ... Read more

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Digital assets an increasingly important part of estate planning

Accounting for digital assets is becoming a bigger part of estate planning as people do more and more online, Toronto litigator  Matthew Urback tells Law Times ... Read more

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Marriage revokes a will, but divorce or separation does not

Failing to update a will following separation or divorce can create confusion and may lead to conflict when it comes to the distribution of assets following death, Cornwall wills ... Read more

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Why staying well can be a living hell

By Ian Hull Have you followed the wellness industry lately? The New York Times recently published a lengthy feature on Gwyneth Paltrow and her wellness company Goop. In it, ... Read more

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Multiple wills decision fallout: why the judge got it wrong

In part one of a two-part series,  Toronto wills and estates lawyer Mary Wahbi  discusses the fallout from a controversial decision ... Read more

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Make a Will Month as good a time as any to get affairs in order: Kirsh

Adults of all ages should have a will in place, Toronto trust and estate litigator  Felice Kirsh tells  AdvocateDaily.com . November is the Ontario Bar ... Read more

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

By Avi Dahary for AdvocateDaily.com Personal and Estate Income Tax Part  four  of this series covered the executor’s duty to ascertain and discharge ... Read more

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When did you last update your will?

By Lisa Laredo If you’ve written a will—congratulations—you are amongst  the half of Canadian adults who say they’ve written a will . If you are ... Read more

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