Estates & Wills & Trusts

Take proper steps to prove mental capacity in a will: Laredo

While the standards of mental capacity required to draw up a will are well known, a court challenge is always a possibility if the proper steps are not taken when it is being created, Toronto wills and estates lawyer Lisa Laredo tells Read more

Good record-keeping key to tax-efficient cottage estate plan

In the second instalment of a four-part series on transferring ownership of the family cottage, Winnipeg wills and estates lawyer Cynthia Hiebert-Simkin discusses the cost of a cottage estate plan. Read more

Law has last say in what happens to your body when you die

Choosing what happens to your body after you die comes with limitations governed by the law, Toronto-area estates litigator and mediator Charles B. Ticker tells . Read more

The role of interpersonal dynamics in family, estate mediations

“More often than not, it’s other interests, and not legal ones, that are really at issue — the underlying background and the history of the parties.” he says. “What you find is that the dispute never really gets to the legal issues until you’ve at least addressed some of the interpersonal ones ." Read more

Divisional Court confirms common estate planning tool: Radnoff

A recent Ontario Divisional Court ruling on multiple wills is “significant” because it validates a standard estate planning procedure, Toronto commercial litigator and appellate counsel Brian Radnoff tells Read more

Locating a will can be a tricky business

Knowing when to stop the search for a will following the death of a loved one is a tough call, Toronto litigator Matthew Urback tells Read more

Do you lie to your doctor?

By Ian Hull . Your annual physical is approaching, and you’re still averaging three to four alcoholic drinks per night – despite the fact that you told your doctor last year that you were going to cut back. Read more

Common-law spouses need a will to protect themselves

Common-law spouses don’t have the same rights as married couples when a partner dies and need wills to protect themselves, Cornwall wills and estates lawyer Michele Allinotte tells Read more

Fertilizer for your brain: how to grow your resilience

By Suzana Popovic-Montag . Let me give you the bad news first: some people are naturally more resilient than others – and life can be tough if your resilience falls in the low end of the range. Read more

AccounTrust continues to expand multidimensional client services

As AccounTrust celebrates its 15 th birthday, founder Avi Dahary says he’s already looking forward to the next 15 years. Read more

Pope to host webinars on disability estate planning

Ottawa disabilities and estate planning lawyer Kenneth Pope is hosting webinars where he discusses special needs and disability estate planning. Read more

Estates bar relieved as court endorses dual wills

The estates bar breathed a sigh of relief after the Divisional Court overturned a decision that called the use of dual wills into question, Toronto wills and estates lawyer Daniel Bernstein tells Read more

Want to be creative with your will? Get a lawyer

By Suzana Popovic-Montag. If you’re a regular reader of obituaries, you’ve undoubtedly seen some creative writing touches in remembering a departed family member. While traditional obituaries are still the norm, humour seems to be creeping into more of these tributes – especially those written by the deceased person in advance and published upon their death. You’ll find some great examples here. Read more

Five common will drafting mistakes

By Lisa Laredo . Write your will right and it will do exactly what you want and need it to do when you die. Your will is your roadmap to your loved ones and a properly written will ensures that your death doesn’t create a legal or administrative burden on your family. Read more

Separation from spouse a critical time to update will

Separating from a spouse brings its own set of stresses, but few people realize that not updating a will at this time can open the door to even more headaches, Fredericton family lawyer Jennifer Donovan tells . Read more