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Managing the transition from ODSP to OAS/GIS for those with disabilities

People with disabilities may need help negotiating the tricky transition from the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) to old age benefits after age 65, Ottawa disabilities ... Read more

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Digital assets an increasingly important part of estate planning

Accounting for digital assets is becoming a bigger part of estate planning as people do more and more online, Toronto litigator  Matthew Urback tells Law Times ... Read more

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Marriage revokes a will, but divorce or separation does not

Failing to update a will following separation or divorce can create confusion and may lead to conflict when it comes to the distribution of assets following death, Cornwall wills ... Read more

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Why staying well can be a living hell

By Ian Hull Have you followed the wellness industry lately? The New York Times recently published a lengthy feature on Gwyneth Paltrow and her wellness company Goop. In it, ... Read more

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Multiple wills decision fallout: why the judge got it wrong

In part one of a two-part series,  Toronto wills and estates lawyer Mary Wahbi  discusses the fallout from a controversial decision ... Read more

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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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