Estates / Wills / Trusts
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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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Review your estate plan upon marriage, divorce or separation

If a person fails to update their will and powers of attorney in the event of a change in marital status, there could be unintended consequences, Barrie-area litigator Steve ... Read more

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Dying for a cruise? What about dying on a cruise

By Suzana Popovic-Montag Our estate litigation practice by its nature concerns end of life issues. And while no one expects the “end of life” to happen on a ... Read more

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Laredo: dying intestate can leave families in 'complete shambles'

When a person with minor children dies without a will, they lose control over appointing a guardian and providing for specific asset distribution, Toronto wills and estates ... Read more

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What you should know about powers of attorney for property

In this first instalment of a two-part series on powers of attorney,  Toronto wills and estates lawyer Elinor Shinehoft discusses POAs for property. Whether ... Read more

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Search for missing beneficiary should be proportionate to bequest

When a beneficiary of an estate is missing, an estate trustee must convince the court that they have done a reasonable search before seeking relief, Toronto estates and trusts ... Read more

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A celebrity example of proper estate planning

While legendary singers Aretha Franklin and Prince died without wills, there is a celebrity that set a good example for others to consider when it comes to estate planning, says ... Read more

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If marriage breaks down, review will and beneficiary designations

The issue of where former and current spouses stand when it comes time to distribute wealth from an estate continues to draw the attention of the courts on many levels, ... Read more

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Navigating the complexities of insolvent estates

Increasing personal debt means more families will have to deal with insolvent estates following the deaths of loved ones, Windsor trusts and estates lawyer  Laura Stairs ... Read more

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Decision shows value of B.C.'s new wills law

A recent ruling highlights the value of B.C.’s   Wills, Estates and Succession Law Act  (WESA), Kamloops trusts and estates lawyer Matthew Ford ... Read more

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Are you ready to be a 21st century retiree?

By Ian Hull We’re almost 19 years into the new century, so it seems a little late to be talking about the “new” 21 st  century version of retirement. ... Read more

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Intestacy risky for parents of children with disabilities

Parents of children with disabilities have a greater incentive than most to prepare a will before they die, Ottawa disabilities and estate planning lawyer  Kenneth Pope ... Read more

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Simplified rules for smaller estates could cut probate costs

Ontario should implement special rules for smaller estates to bypass the need for probate, Toronto trusts and estates lawyer  Daniel Bernstein tells  AdvocateDaily.com ... Read more

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The consequences of dying without a will

With surveys showing more than half of Canadians don't have a will, Barrie-area litigator Steve Rastin tells AdvocateDaily.com he suspects a fair amount people aren’t ... Read more

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Abuse of elders becoming more common

By Charles Ticker I recently came across two articles online from Australia that contain disturbing examples of how the abuse of elders has become more and more common. ... Read more

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A hippie commune for seniors?

By Ian Hull Is it possible for today’s seniors to return to their hippie past? For some, plans are in the works. Youth of the 1960s were a powerful social force that ... Read more

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Providing eldercare? Have an estate discussion

By Suzana Popovic-Montag We’ve seen it too many times in our estate litigation practice. An adult child moves in with an elderly parent and looks after them in the ... Read more

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The impact of DNA testing on wills and estates

The proliferation of online DNA kits is raising issues in estate disputes, Cornwall wills and estates lawyer  Michele Allinotte  tells  AdvocateDaily.com . ... Read more

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