Estates & Wills & Trusts

Ensure estate trustees know what they’re getting into: Murphy

The responsibilities of an estate trustee, who administers the personal and financial affairs of a deceased person, can be greater than expected, says Toronto estates lawyer Peter Murphy. Read more

Is there life after death? (spoiler alert – we have the answer)

By Suzana Popovic-Montag . I don’t know about you, but I was a little disappointed when I discovered that one of the greatest thinkers of our time – Stephen Hawking – dismissed the notion of a life after death. Read more

Man who killed parents entitled to partial inheritance

By Charles Ticker . A recent story from New South Wales in Australia describes the struggle a woman had to stop her brother from inheriting from their parents after he killed them. Read more

Letters of wishes for Henson Trusts

Letters of wishes offer guidance to Henson trustees on how the money should be used for the betterment of a child with disabilities, Ottawa disabilities and estate planning lawyer Kenneth Pope tells Read more

Live longer – unusual tips for keeping the grim reaper at bay

By Ian Hull . We’re all too familiar with the conventional advice for living longer – and the same ol’, same ol’ is being trotted out again by scientists. A new study says that sticking to the following five things can prolong your life expectancy by more than a decade. The five things? Read more

Wills 101: understanding the basics

A will offers testators a measure of control over their assets even in death, Toronto litigator Matthew Urback tells Read more

Longer lives means more complex estate plans for women

Longer life expectancies give female spouses more reasons to get their estate plans in order, Toronto trusts and estates lawyer Patrick J. Aulis tells Read more

Financial partnership with your child comes with risks

Entering into a joint real estate title with your child or making them co-owner of your bank account comes with risks, writes Toronto real estate and wills and estates lawyer Lisa Laredo in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Warring siblings make bad estate trustees

Parents should think twice before appointing all their children as executors, Toronto-area estates litigator and mediator Charles B. Ticker tells Read more

Estate planning defence possible for targets of fraudulent conveyance claims

An estate planning defence is a potentially viable option to defend a claim of fraudulent conveyance, Toronto estate litigator David M. Smith tells Read more

Make sure the executor of your will wants the job: Allinotte

Before you appoint an executor of your will, make sure they understand what the role entails and are willing to take on the responsibilities, Cornwall wills and estates lawyer Michele Allinotte tells Read more

Afraid of dying? Take your mushroom

By Ian Hull . Estate law is centred on asset planning for an end-of-life experience. So not surprisingly, we’ve seen just about every end-of-life situation you can imagine. I can tell you first-hand, many of these situations are painful, fearful, and depressing. Read more

Fraud against seniors – can it happen in your family?

By Suzana Popovic-Montag . By now, many of you have had a phone call from the “Canada Revenue Agency” informing you that you owe money, or that a lawsuit or collection process has begun. It’s a scam that’s obvious to most of us – and we hang up and don’t give it a second thought. Read more

Keep meticulous accounts as estate trustee to avoid liability

Administering an estate is a big role with a large amount of responsibility and fiduciary obligations attached to it, Toronto estates and trusts lawyer Suzana Popovic-Montag tells AdvocateD . Read more

What are the duties of an executor?

By Lisa Laredo . Being appointed executor of an estate is a big job. Read more