Financial Abuse of the Older Adult – What Are The Signs?

Blog Post
March 15, 2017

By definition, elder abuse is a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person.

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

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February 16, 2017

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.

Suspicious Will-Making: When Should You Challenge The Validity?

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January 18, 2017

Challengers to the validity of a Will sometimes cite “suspicious circumstances” as a reason to discredit a Will and the intentions of the testator. But what does this mean? And how do the courts assess whether the circumstances are sufficiently suspicious?

Who Has The Authority To Plan Your Funeral?

Blog Post
January 5, 2017

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?

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December 13, 2016

  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

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December 9, 2016

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

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December 9, 2016

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