Estates & Wills & Trusts

Five ways to make your summer rock

By Ian Hull Summer is fleeting – and we often put pressure on ourselves to make the most of this three-month sliver of warmer weather. Read more

The estate sale – can it be a treasure island?

By Suzana Popovic-Montag We wrote several months ago about the declining value of household furniture and other items – especially antiques that were highly desired decades ago. Read more

Regular review of your will is important: Allinotte

Regularly reviewing your will is a vital part of estate planning, especially for those in their golden years beginning new romantic relationships, says Cornwall wills and estates lawyer Michele Allinotte. Read more

Discussing future of cottage can alleviate family disputes

While summer is the perfect time to relax at the cottage, it may also be the ideal opportunity for families to start considering what will happen with that property once the parents who own it pass away, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer Mary Wahbi. Read more

Jackson estate involved in litigation with HBO

By Charles Ticker It has been more than ten years since Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009. The musician’s estate has since been involved in various kinds of litigation. Read more

Online will kits don’t cover all the bases: Ticker

People can initially save money by using an online will kit instead of going to a lawyer, but they may pay dearly for that shortcut down the road, says Toronto-area estates litigator Charles B. Ticker. Read more

Pope to host webinar on supported living alternatives

Ottawa disabilities and estate planning lawyer Kenneth Pope will host a webinar and Q&A session discussing various profit and not-for-profit supported living alternatives. Read more

Legal guardianships vital for people with disabilities

The life expectancy for children with cognitive disabilities is growing, and this has serious financial and legal implications for their families as their parents age and die, says Ottawa disabilities and estate planning lawyer Kenneth Pope. Read more

New registry could end problem of lost wills: Bernstein

A new online registry that can locate lost wills has potential benefits for the public and law firms, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer Daniel Bernstein. Read more

Online will kits better than nothing: Urback

Online will kits are affordable and easy to use, but they deny the testator the opportunity to have meaningful discussions with a professional about individual circumstances and wishes, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer Matthew Urback. Read more

Where there’s a will to contract, there’s a contract to will

By David M. Smith In researching common errors in will drafting, we recently stumbled (as one often does through research) on the following question: In the case of mutual wills, what happens in the event of remarriage? Read more

Conscientiousness rewarded in recent case

Applications to pass accounts and be compensated for acting as power of attorney can win the court’s approval — and even its praise — if everything is done properly, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer Elinor Shinehoft. Read more

Sleeper trains: nostalgia for something we may never have done

By Ian Hull When was the last time you slept (lying down) on a train? Or a better question: have you ever slept lying down on a train? Read more

Power of attorney a ‘powerful and dangerous’ document: Aulis

Lawyers and their clients must tread carefully when drafting and implementing a power of attorney (POA), says Toronto trusts and estates lawyer Patrick J. Aulis. Read more

Province gives ‘meaningful guidance’ around multiple wills

Recent guidance from Ontario’s Ministry of Finance is helpful to estate lawyers looking to minimize probate-related expenses through multiple wills, says Toronto trusts and estates lawyer Suzana Popovic-Montag. Read more