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SCC rules on importance of irrevocable beneficiary designation

A recent Supreme Court of Canada (SCC)  case shows the importance of an irrevocable beneficiary designation for spouses hoping to secure support payments using life ... Read more

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Take proper steps to prove mental capacity in a will: Laredo

While the standards of mental capacity required to draw up a will are well known, a court challenge is always a possibility if the proper steps are not taken when it is being ... Read more

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Good record-keeping key to tax-efficient cottage estate plan

In the second instalment of a four-part series on transferring ownership of the family cottage, Winnipeg wills and estates lawyer Cynthia ... Read more

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Law has last say in what happens to your body when you die

Choosing what happens to your body after you die comes with limitations governed by the law, Toronto-area estates litigator and mediator  Charles B. Ticker  tells  ... Read more

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The role of interpersonal dynamics in family, estate mediations

Fundamental issues occurring in both family and estates law cases often come down to problems or conflicts between family members, Toronto lawyer and mediator  Eric Gossin ... Read more

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Divisional Court confirms common estate planning tool: Radnoff

A recent Ontario Divisional Court ruling on multiple wills is “significant” because it validates a standard estate planning procedure, Toronto commercial litigator and ... Read more

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Locating a will can be a tricky business

Knowing when to stop the search for a will following the death of a loved one is a tough call, Toronto litigator  Matthew Urback  tells  AdvocateDaily.com . ... Read more

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Do you lie to your doctor?

By Ian Hull Your annual physical is approaching, and you’re still averaging three to four alcoholic drinks per night – despite the fact that you told your doctor ... Read more

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Common-law spouses need a will to protect themselves

Common-law spouses don’t have the same rights as married couples when a partner dies and need wills to protect themselves, Cornwall wills and estates lawyer  ... Read more

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Fertilizer for your brain: how to grow your resilience

By Suzana Popovic-Montag Let me give you the bad news first: some people are naturally more resilient than others – and life can be tough if your resilience falls in ... Read more

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AccounTrust continues to expand multidimensional client services

As AccounTrust celebrates its 15 th birthday, founder Avi Dahary  says he’s already looking forward to the next 15 years. Since its inception in January, ... Read more

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Pope to host webinars on disability estate planning

Ottawa disabilities and estate planning lawyer  Kenneth Pope is hosting webinars where he discusses special needs and disability estate planning. Pope, principal of  ... Read more

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Estates bar relieved as court endorses dual wills

The estates bar breathed a sigh of relief after the Divisional Court overturned a decision that called the use of dual wills into question, Toronto wills and estates ... Read more

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Want to be creative with your will? Get a lawyer

By Suzana Popovic-Montag If you’re a regular reader of obituaries, you’ve undoubtedly seen some creative writing touches in remembering a departed family member. ... Read more

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Five common will drafting mistakes

By Lisa Laredo Write your will right and it will do exactly what you want and need it to do when you die. Your will is your roadmap to your loved ones and a properly written ... Read more

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Separation from spouse a critical time to update will

Separating from a spouse brings its own set of stresses, but few people realize that not updating a will at this time can open the door to even more headaches, Fredericton ... Read more

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Family meeting can prevent cottage inheritance disputes

In the first instalment of a four-part series on transferring ownership of the family cottage,  Winnipeg wills and estates lawyer Cynthia Hiebert-Simkin discusses ... Read more

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Webinar to explore top estate law cases of 2018

On Feb. 7 at 1 p.m., Suzanne Deliscar , founder of Deliscar Professional Corporation , in co-operation with ezCPD.ca , will present a webinar entitled  Top Estate Law ... Read more

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Supreme Court settles Henson Trust issue, Pope says

A Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decision in the Henson Trust issue is “a big win” for people with disabilities, Ottawa disabilities and estate planning lawyer  ... Read more

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Seek legal guidance before leaving bequests to charity

Making a bequest to charity can create a meaningful legacy, but there are potential pitfalls that a good lawyer can help you avoid, Windsor trusts and estates lawyer Laura Stairs ... Read more

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