Estates & Wills & Trusts

Urback to talk wills at upcoming CAGP event in Toronto

Toronto wills and estates lawyer Matthew Urback will discuss estate planning tips during the upcoming Leave a Legacy series. Read more

Insurance trusts effective way to avoid beneficiary disputes

Family law counsel should consider a transfer of insurance ownership or an insurance trust when securing future support payments after a series of controversial decisions involving the proceeds from life insurance policies, Toronto wills and estates lawyer Mary Wahbi tells Read more

If I don’t own anything, why do I need a will?

By Michele Allinotte . One of the most frequent questions people ask me is “Do I need a will?” When I say yes, everyone over the age of 18 who is competent to make a will should do so, the reply is often, “Well, I don’t own anything.” Read more

Is a crypto-will a new frontier for estate planning?

By Ian Hull . The popularity of cryptocurrencies has heightened the world’s attention on the versatility of blockchain technology. An interesting development is the application of a blockchain solution for estate planning of crypto assets. Read more

Top five estate planning mistakes

With almost a decade of experience behind him, Toronto litigator Matthew Urback has seen it all when it comes to estate plans. Read more

Help! I don’t want to be an executor

By Lisa Laredo . A family member or close friend passes away and amidst your grief, you discover that you have been named executor of their estate. You’re shocked because you didn’t know that you had been named as executor in their will. (Rule number one when writing your will: always ask your executor before appointing them.) Read more

A cure for ageist thinking? It may not be needed

By Suzana Popovic-Montag . It’s taken decades, but we’re slowly coming to terms with a few of the “isms” in our culture – racism and sexism being two obvious ones. We can add discrimination based on disability and sexual preference as two others. Read more

Dysfunctional sibling relationships delay estate administration

Some siblings relationships are so dysfunctional that even majority clauses for multiple estate trustees won’t keep the administration flowing, Toronto-area estates litigator and mediator Charles B. Ticker tells Read more

Estate mediation can mitigate risk, save time and money

The winner-takes-all nature of estate litigation makes mediation an attractive alternative, Toronto trust and estate litigator and mediator Felice Kirsh tells Read more

Probate avoidance and split wills: Pope

It's vital that testators hire a lawyer when attempting to avoid probate fees, Ottawa disabilities and estate planning lawyer Kenneth Pope tells Read more

When the tax man calls – estates, family disputes, debts

By Matthias Duensing for . The Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently ruled on a case involving parental estates and disputing brothers. Read more

Learn strategies to manage property after death of a loved one

Toronto real estate and wills and estates lawyer Lisa Laredo will take part in an information session on how to handle the legal and financial complexities when a loved one passes away. Read more

It’s spring cleaning time! Add ‘write my will’ to your list

By Lisa Laredo . For most of us, spring cleaning means a chance to declutter, downsize and simplify. It’s about new beginnings and fresh starts and there’s definitely a certain feeling of satisfaction that comes with checking off each item on the to-do list. Read more

Know what to do in the event of death outside Canada

Knowing what to do when someone dies while travelling outside Canada can alleviate a significant amount of stress, Cornwall wills and estates lawyer Michele Allinotte tells Read more

Will challenges occur frequently in Britain

By Charles Ticker . A recent online article outlines some of the reasons why will challenges occur frequently in Britain. According to this story, a recent poll revealed that almost half of the population of the U.K. does not trust their family to manage their affairs for them. Read more