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Afraid of dying? Take your mushroom

By Ian Hull Estate law is centred on asset planning for an end-of-life experience. So not surprisingly, we’ve seen just about every end-of-life situation you can ... Read more

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Fraud against seniors – can it happen in your family?

By Suzana Popovic-Montag By now, many of you have had a phone call from the “Canada Revenue Agency” informing you that you owe money, or that a lawsuit or ... Read more

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Keep meticulous accounts as estate trustee to avoid liability

Administering an estate is a big role with a large amount of responsibility and fiduciary obligations attached to it, Toronto estates and trusts lawyer  Suzana Popovic-Montag ... Read more

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What are the duties of an executor?

By Lisa Laredo Being appointed executor of an estate is a big job. While the official definition of the role sounds fairly straight-forward — gather up the estate ... Read more

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Common law v. marriage: legal relationships that sneak up on you

By Timothy N. Sullivan “Love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage…” When’s the last time you’ve seen a horse or been in a ... Read more

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Do you have gems or junk in your house?

By Ian Hull How much are your non-financial assets worth? If you’re planning your estate, it’s an important consideration, especially if you plan to make specific ... Read more

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Estates bar dealing with opposing multiple wills decisions

In the final instalment of a two-part series,  Toronto wills and estates lawyer Mary Wahbi discusses opposing rulings regarding the use of multiple wills. A recent ... Read more

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Minimum wage negatively impacts those with special needs: Pope

The province should adopt special provisions exempting employers from paying the minimum wage to workers with special needs, Ottawa disabilities and estate planning ... Read more

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TLA intervenes in appeal over Superior Court wills decision

The Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA) is looking forward to an appeal decision that will provide clarity for the Ontario bar and the association's hundreds of members who ... Read more

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Testing the waters of s. 72(1)(d) of the Succession Law Reform Act

By David M. Smith and Nick Esterbauer Many of our readers will be aware that on an application for dependant’s support under Part V of Ontario’s  ... Read more

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New decision offers hope to multiple will holders

Multiple will holders have new hope that their testamentary documents will be upheld after a Superior Court judge went against a colleague’s decision by granting a ... Read more

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Warning signs – will your family fight over your estate?

By Suzana Popovic-Montag No one can predict the future with 100 per cent certainty – but we all have the ability to “read some signs” to make educated ... Read more

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Smith brings cool head to estate litigation

Problem-solving is the name of the game for Toronto estate litigator  David M. Smith .  After more than two decades at the bar, Smith, partner with   Hull ... Read more

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Joint accounts between parents and children spur estate litigation

Parents should resist the temptation to set up joint accounts with their children, Toronto trust and estate litigator  Felice Kirsh tells  AdvocateDaily.com . Kirsh, ... Read more

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No new wills after testamentary capacity lost

Family members create problems for themselves when they encourage a person to sign a new will after they’ve lost testamentary capacity, Brampton lawyer-linguist  ... Read more

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Choose the right executor for your estate

By Lisa Laredo One of the many important decisions you need to make when  making a will  is choosing an executor for your estate. This is the person who will wind ... Read more

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What you should know about powers of attorney for personal care

In the final instalment of a two-part series on powers of attorney,  Toronto wills and estates lawyer Elinor Shinehoft discusses POAs for personal care. Laypeople can ... Read more

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Agreements around insurance premiums, benefits should be in writing

A recent Supreme Court of Canada decision highlights the value of conducting periodic “legal checkups,” Ottawa family and estates lawyer  Timothy N. Sullivan ... Read more

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Avoid emotional family disputes by pre-arranging funeral, writing a will

A dispute between siblings over where their deceased mother’s body should be buried brings up issues around the advantages of making your funeral wishes known, ... Read more

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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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