Estates & Wills & Trusts

Supreme Court of Canada clarifies unjust enrichment test

A ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada offers clarity on the test for unjust enrichment, <... Read more

Seek legal advice to ensure charity bequest is smooth, efficient

When leaving a bequest to a charitable organization in your will, it’s important to seek legal advice to ensure your gift is dealt with properly, Cornwall wills and estates lawyer Michele Allinotte tells . Read more

Common sense needed when dealing with POAs: Urback

While it’s important to ensure powers of attorney properly deal with a grantor’s wishes, fear of potential fraud can stymy the whole process, Toronto litigator Matthew Urback writes in the Financial Post . Read more

Body donation and the limits on testamentary wishes

There are limits to what can be done with one’s body after death, Toronto wills and estates lawyer Matthias Duensing writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Consequences of not having a will far outweigh the cost of drafting one

Creating a will can be overwhelming — hence why many people put it off — but Toronto trusts and estates lawyer Daniel Bernstein tells his clients not to think too far ahead when completing one. Read more

Benjamin order can protect trustee if there's a missing beneficiary

When a beneficiary of an estate remains missing following reasonable searches, there are some approaches estate trustees can take to protect themselves, Toronto-area estates litigator and mediator Charles B. Ticker tells Law Times . Read more

The great estate – five ways to make it happen

By Suzana Popovic-Montag . As estate litigators, we’ve seen a lot of bad estates and bad estate situations. The good news is because we know the bad, we can advise clients on how to avoid it and make their estate a great one. No uncertainty, no delays, no conflicts, no nasty tax surprises. Read more

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 and estate planning lawyer Kenneth Pope tells . Read more

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

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 and estates lawyer Michele Allinotte tells Law Times . Read more

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, the author describes a number of the “therapies” she learned about in the course of interviewing Paltrow and writing the article. Read more

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 concerning multiple wills. Read more

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 . Read more

The position of executor: from cradle to grave – Part V

By Avi Dahary for . Personal and Estate Income Tax Read more

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 amongst the other 50 per cent of Canadians, read here to find out why you don’t want to die without one. Read more