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Drafting a solid will helps ward off estate disputes

The death of a loved one is an emotional time for a family and can sometimes lead to disputes over the estate, but there are ways to draft a lawsuit-proof will to ensure that ... Read more

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Insurance trusts control timing, use of funds upon death

An insurance trust is a good mechanism for controlling the use and timing of life insurance proceeds following the death of the insured, Toronto wills and estates lawyer Lisa ... Read more

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Estate talk awkward but necessary: Aulis

Broaching the “estate talk" with a reluctant older family member is awkward but necessary for younger relatives, Toronto trusts and estates lawyer  Patrick J. ... Read more

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Elder abuse often tough to spot: Urback

The often-subtle signs of elder abuse make it a tricky problem to diagnose, Toronto litigator  Matthew Urback  tells  AdvocateDaily.com . Urback, an associate ... Read more

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Worst-case scenario thinking improves will accuracy

Planning for family disasters makes for a more accurate estate plan, Cornwall wills and estates lawyer  Michele Allinotte  tells  AdvocateDaily.com . Allinotte, ... Read more

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Make it your year for ‘best picture’ critical thinking

By Ian Hull Do you ever wonder how your emotions impact your decision-making? Or more specifically, how many sub-optimal decisions you make based on emotion? We get caught ... Read more

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No downward momentum in billing rates

Toronto's Mills & Mills LLP sets its fees by comparing what other lawyers in the same practice areas charge, business and estates lawyer David Mills tells Canadian ... Read more

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Brothers fighting over their mother’s estate

By Charles Ticker A  recent story  from England outlines some of the difficulties siblings may encounter with respect to their parents’ estates. The story is ... Read more

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OCA decision a warning to trustees to be reasonable

Trustees must tread carefully if they want to avoid ending up personally on the hook for litigation costs, Toronto-area estates litigator and mediator  Charles B. Ticker ... Read more

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The benefits and risks of naming a second POA

Appointing more than one person to be an attorney for property has its benefits, not the least of which is convenience, but it’s not always necessary and can have a downside ... Read more

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Can I amend my own will?

By Michele Allinotte I often have clients call me and either ask me if they can change their wills themselves, or if they can change their will by crossing out and ... Read more

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OCA ruling a reminder not to delay administering an estate

An Ontario Court of Appeal decision that ordered an estate trustee to pay interest to the beneficiaries of legacies highlights the “rule of convenience” and ... Read more

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The ultimate 'selfie': video record your health care wishes

By Suzana Popovic-Montag In an ideal situation, if you suffer a health crisis, you’ll be able to communicate your health care preferences directly to your doctors or ... Read more

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Client complaints inevitable in emotional practice areas

Law society complaints are an occupational hazard for lawyers in emotional practice areas, Toronto trust and estate litigator  Felice Kirsh  tells  ... Read more

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Legal advice key when planning for children with special needs

With proper planning, the parents of a child with special needs can provide them with a secure future, Ottawa disabilities and estate planning lawyer  Kenneth Pope ... Read more

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Updating your will: Allinotte

By Michele Allinotte As an estate planning lawyer in Cornwall, Ont., I commonly see people who understand the importance of the initial estate planning, but then forget ... Read more

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POA beats DNR tattoo across chest: Shinehoft

Communicating one’s wishes for end-of-life care is essential to ensure they’re honoured, but there’s still no guarantee that family members and doctors will be ... Read more

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Digital assets, accounts should be included in estate planning

Technology may have changed most Canadians’ day-to-day lives, but it’s also having an impact on how they should prepare for their declining years and even death, says ... Read more

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Getting remarried? Three conversations to have before you say ‘I do’

By Michele Allinotte Wedding planning season is upon us. Many area couples are marrying late in life and might be trying their hand at love for the second or third ... Read more

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OCA enforces rule of convenience

Estate trustees should address interest on delayed legacies in settlements with will challengers after a recent decision enforcing the common law “rule of convenience," says ... Read more

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