Trust Investments: Don’t Put All Your Eggs In One Basket

February 16, 2017
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One of the basic principles of investing and a way to mitigate your financial risk is to maintain a diverse portfolio. This advice should also be heeded by estate trustees, who are often overseeing a number of different investments and making financial decisions on behalf of the beneficiaries. A decision from last year, Mowry v Groome, demonstrates what can happen if an estate trustee mismanages these investments.

Who Has The Authority To Plan Your Funeral?

January 5, 2017
Blog Post

Happy New Year! At the start of another year, it is worth asking: do you have a Will? Dying intestate or dying without a valid Will can cause problems for those who are left behind. For example, without a Will, who should be named the Estate Trustee of your estate? Who has the authority to… Read more »

Organ and Tissue Donation: Opt-in or Opt-Out?

December 13, 2016
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  Nelligan O’Brien Payne gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Natasha Chettiar, Student-at-Law in writing this blog post. No province in Canada uses a presumed consent system for organ donation. Instead, the provinces have chosen the “opt-in” system, leaving it up to individuals to make the choice to donate. However, on Tuesday November 29, 2016, Saskatchewan… Read more »

Making a Will

December 9, 2016
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Wills and Estates lawyer John Peart covers some commonly asked questions about the importance of making a Will, beneficiaries, inheritances, lawyer fees, and how Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP can help with your estate planning. John appeared as a guest speaker on CTVMorning Live Ottawa on February 22nd, 2012. For more information about John Peart, please… Read more »

Top Ten Reasons Why You Need a Will – Part 1

December 9, 2016
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In this two-part series, a former lawyer in the Wills and Estates Group at Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP discusses the top ten reasons why you need a will. To view part two of this video, please click here. For more information about our Wills and Estates Group, please click here

Top Ten Reasons Why You Need a Will – Part 2

December 9, 2016
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In this two-part series, a former lawyer in the Wills and Estates Group at Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP discusses the top ten reasons why you need a will. To view part one of this video, please click here. For more information about our Wills and Estates Group, please click here

What Does The Duty to Account Entail?

November 9, 2016
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Any time that a person is handling or dealing with the assets of another person, that second person is a ‘beneficiary’. Therefore, the person handling or dealing with those assets has a fiduciary duty to act honestly and in good faith towards the beneficiary, and to account to that beneficiary with what has been done with those assets.

Impacts of the Aging Brain – TV Series

October 14, 2016
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Our very own Carol Craig will be featured as a guest on the Rogers TV series ‘Impacts of the Aging Brain’! The series covers a range of topics related to aging and the brain, including Stroke and the Brain, Assessment & Driving, Transforming Treatment, Care & Housing Options and Care-partnering.