What problems are you creating if you die without a Will?

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July 19, 2018
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Getting your Will drawn up is not always an easy process. It can require a lot of thought and consideration, consultation with multiple family members, and an appointment with a lawyer. It’s not surprising that many people don’t get around to it. A recent study found that around 74 per cent of Canadians don’t have… Read more »

Acting as an Attorney for Property – Know these top 10 tips

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June 1, 2018
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Far too often an individual will begin acting as an attorney for property without appreciating or fully understanding their obligations under this role. Here are some important tips to keep in mind to avoid breaching your duties as an attorney for property.

Who Can You Appoint As Your Estate Trustee?

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May 1, 2018
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An estate trustee is the person or one of the people that you name in your Will to take care of all of your personal belongings or your financial assets after you have died. Should you choose a professional vs lay person as estate trustee – What are the costs? Is one type of estate trustee better than another type?

Notice Periods When the Related Legislation is Silent

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January 18, 2018
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Legislation is notorious for being hyper-granular and specific one moment, and then vague and unclear the next. Sometimes the issue you’re interested in is entirely absent from the act. This can make interpretation very difficult for lawyers, and even more so for those who don’t have a legal background. So what happens when the piece of legislation you are relying on is silent on an issue?

Long-Term Care Homes and Retirement Homes: What’s The Difference?

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November 19, 2017
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However, many people are unaware about the differences between these facilities. One key difference is that long-term care homes provide 24-hour nursing care and supervision to their residents, whereas retirement homes provide rental accommodation with care and services available for their residents at an additional cost. However, there are plenty of other differences as well. Here are the top things you should know about long-term care homes and retirement homes in Ontario.

Enforceability of marriage contract considered

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November 13, 2017
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For many years now, the issue of enforceability of a Maher marriage contract as well as its interrelationship with provincial family law property regimes has been considered by our courts. This issue was put before the Ontario Court of Appeal very recently in Bakhshi v. Hosseinzadeh, 2017 ONCA 838 and the court’s analysis of this particular Maher is worthy of review by those practising family law in Ontario.

International Wills

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September 29, 2017
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In today’s highly interconnected world where people and capital move freely, it is very common for people to have lived in more than one country, and for people to own assets outside of their home province or outside of Canada. What happens with your Will if you own property outside of Ontario? Or outside of Canada?