Estates & Wills & Trusts

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

Review the life insurance policies in your estate: Allinotte

Reviewing life insurance policies can be vital in estate planning, Cornwall wills and estates lawyer Michele Allinotte tells Read more

Limited grounds to contest a will: Ticker

There are limited grounds upon which someone's will can be successfully challenged, Toronto-area estates litigator and mediator Charles B. Ticker tells Read more

Co-ordinate payments from RDSPs and Henson Trusts

Disbursements from Henson Trusts and Registered Disability Savings Plans (RDSP) can be co-ordinated to provide for children with special needs, Ottawa disabilities and estate planning lawyer Kenneth Pope tells Read more

Is there a duty to account when requested by a beneficiary?

By Ian Hull. In this recent decision , the Ontario Superior Court of Justice confirmed that an attorney for property and/or estate trustee has a duty to pass accounts in accordance with the Rules of Civil Procedure. Read more

Alexa – take a hike

By Suzana Popovic-Montag . Amazon Echo and Google Home – here’s my prediction about these smart speakers. In 25 years, we’ll look at film clips or ads that featured the “cool things” that these devices did – and we’ll laugh. We’ll laugh the same way we laugh today about news clips from the 1990s that described the wonder of the new “internet.” Read more

Separated from one, common-law with another – who gets what?

People who live common-law with a new partner after the breakdown of a marriage are advised to get their affairs in order — and get a will, Toronto litigator Matthew Urback tells Read more

Properly worded shareholders agreement is a must: Horst

When someone dies with a life insurance policy listing a clear beneficiary, anyone with a dispute should have solid evidence to support their argument, Toronto corporate lawyer Marlin Horst tells . Read more

E-wills are coming, till then paper documents crucial: Wahbi

While electronic forms of wills may be common one day, there are a number of hurdles that have to be dealt with to get there, Toronto wills and estates lawyer Mary Wahbi tells Read more

Blended families complicate estate planning

By Lisa Laredo . You already know that dying without a will is the safest way to ensure that you have absolutely no options whatsoever as to how your estate is to be divided. (And if you really didn’t know that, then read about what happens when you die without a will before reading on.) Read more