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Ontarians with disabilities to benefit from exemption limit change

A number of recent changes that increase the exemption limits for those who receive funding from the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) will mean more money for Ontarians with disabilities and represent a welcome change to the province's social assistance programs, Ottawa disabilities and estate planning lawyer Kenneth Pope writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Disability tax credit application system flawed: Pope

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is arbitrarily turning down applications for families seeking the Disability Tax Credit for their children, says Ottawa disabilities and estate planning lawyer Kenneth Pope . 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 AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Preferred beneficiary versus qualifying disability trust elections

Electing to make a testamentary trust a qualifying disability trust (QDT) is not always the best option for beneficiaries with special needs, Ottawa disabilities and estate planning lawyer Kenneth Pope tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

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 AdvocateDaly.com . Read more

SCC finally resolves Henson trusts questions: Pope

In its recent ruling , the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) finally settled that the assets held in a Henson trust do not belong to the person receiving provincial disability benefits and should not impact the benefits that they receive, Ottawa disabilities and estate planning lawyer Kenneth Pope tells The Globe and Mail . Read more

Inter vivos shelter trust best for adult child with special needs

Many individuals who opt to buy a home for an adult child with special needs may choose to put the property in his or her name, but the use of an inter vivos shelter trust is likely a better option, Ottawa disabilities and estate planning lawyer Kenneth Pope writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Henson trust advantages extend to families without special needs

Although some lawyers may know that Henson trusts are useful for families with members who have disabilities, many may not realize that there are other uses for these trusts for those who don’t have special needs, Ottawa disabilities and estate planning lawyer Kenneth Pope writes in The Lawyers Weekly . 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

Henson Trusts have ancient roots

While Henson Trusts are approaching their 30 th birthday in Canada, their roots can be traced back centuries, Ottawa disabilities and estate planning lawyer Kenneth Pope tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Tax talk: caregiver credits

Families of people with special needs have an underused tool at their disposal that can help save them money every year, Ottawa disabilities and estate planning lawyer Kenneth Pope tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Experience key for Henson Trust lawyers

Experience is the key attribute families should look for when seeking help to set up a Henson Trust, Ottawa disabilities and estate planning lawyer Kenneth Pope tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Henson Trusts: an estate-planning tool for all

Although Henson Trusts were originally designed to protect the inheritance of children with special needs, they can also be an effective estate planning tool for other families, says Ottawa disabilities and estate planning lawyer Kenneth Pope. Read more

Are you eligible for the disability tax credit?

Canadians who qualify for the disability tax credit , but haven’t applied for it may be eligible to recover up to $16,000 in back credits, says Ottawa disabilities and estate planning lawyer Kenneth Pope. Read more

Protecting social benefits for children with disabilities

Caring for a child with a disability is more than a lifelong commitment, and parents can ensure their loved ones are supported even after their passing with the right preparations, says Ottawa disabilities and estate planning lawyer Kenneth Pope . 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 AdvocateDaily.com . 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 AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Supreme Court settles Henson Trust issue, Pope says

A Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decision in the Henson Trust issue is “a big win” for people with disabilities, Ottawa disabilities and estate planning lawyer Kenneth Pope tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Pope to discuss estate planning for children with special needs

Ottawa disabilities and estate planning lawyer Kenneth Pope will host a webinar and Q&A session discussing estate planning for people with disabilities as well as provincial and federal benefits. Read more

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 tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more