All About Estates

Month: January 2018

Total 12 Posts

Joint Tenancy and Right of Survivorship

There has been much case law surrounding the difficulties that may arise when a parent and adult child are joint tenants with respect to real property. In the Ontario Court of Appeal (the “Court”) decision, Jansen v. Niels Estate[1], the Court was faced with the issue of whether Theadora Niels’…

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Who Will Milk the Cows Tonight?

This post is by Carol Willes, LLB, of Scotiatrust. This week I want to share some challenges and practical tips for personal representatives administering tangible but unique estate assets. Art & Artifacts Paintings, sculptures, collectibles and cultural items, etc.  Establishing the value of art is an exercise in discerning authenticity…

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Don’t Make a Proprietary Estoppel You Don’t Intend to Keep

This article was co-authored with Ronald Neal, student-at-law. In its recent decision of Cowper-Smith v. Morgan, 2017 SCC 61, the Supreme Court of Canada expanded the application of the doctrine of proprietary estoppel to find that a person can be bound to fulfill a promise she makes in respect of…

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The winds of change

As tax and estate planning goes, advisors look for signs of things to come and events to happen.  We have started to hear rumblings about rising interest rates perhaps suggesting some action may be required where prescribed rate loans are involved. Last week I was alerted to the fact the…

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A New Caregiving Benefit

While employed family caregivers (over age 60) in Hawaii are now eligible to receive a $70 per day stipend to pay for additional care support for  a family member, we have something different. As of December 3, 2017  there was a new EI Family Caregiver Benefit which provides for “eligible…

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New Year, New You?

Most peoples’ new year’s resolutions include going to the gym more often, eating healthier, losing weight, spending more time with family and friends, saving more money and getting more sleep, to name a few, but what about reviewing your estate plan? If you have experienced any significant changes in your…

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2017 – Fake News & Fidget Spinners

This is my 8th annual year end investment review for Trusts. As I have indicated in the past, Trustees are accountable for a prudent investment policy. This includes a review of the performance of the investments in the Trust. For Trusts that hold a portfolio of marketable securities, a fundamental…

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Moving to another Province? Update your Estate Plans

It is common for Canadians to move from one province to another. As part of such a relocation, financial planning and personal relationships are among two aspects of life that often change or evolve. The law applicable to a particular matter may also change depending on the province. The jurisdiction…

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Withdrawal of RRSP Over-Contributions After Death

When an annuitant of a RRSP makes over-contributions (or unused contributions) to his or her RRSP and wants to withdraw them without penalty, the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) will permit the annuitant to withdraw the over contributions and claim a deduction accordingly, as long as the CRA can be shown…

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A Directed Death

My first blog of the New Year  may be about death. But it is about having as good a death as possible- (in your own bed while asleep) and of your choosing…..A recent  blog was about  a fellow who wanted to ensure his dying wishes would be followed which involved…

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