All About Estates

Darren Lund

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Darren Lund is a member of the Trust, Wills, Estates and Charities Group in the firms Toronto office. Darren has expertise in a broad range of estate planning matters, including multiple wills, inter vivos trusts, disability planning, estate freezing, and planning for beneficiaries and assets outside Canada. Darren advises trustees and beneficiaries on all aspects of estate administration, both contentious and non-contentious, and his experience includes passing of fiduciary accounts, trust variations, post-mortem tax planning, and administering the Canadian estates of non-residents. He also speaks and writes on a variety of related topics such as estate planning for spouses and couples, inheriting overseas property and estate planning for persons with disabilities. He previously practised estates law at a large national law firm. Email: dlund@fasken.com

Further Reform Needed to Support Disability Benefits Recipients

As my fellow bloggers have recently written, changes have been made to the Ontario Disability Support Program (“ODSP”) effective September 1, 2017, three of which are of particular importance for estate planning purposes: The amount a benefits recipient can receive in the form of gifts, trust distributions, and life insurance…

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“Unlucky But Not Unfair”

An interesting case recently appeared in the Ontario Reports that highlights a risk in making an inter vivos gift of cash using a cheque, particularly where the donor is near death. In the case, Teixeria v. Estate of Markgraf et al., the donor, Mary Markgraf, was nearing her death. She…

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Alter Ego Trusts, The Deemed Disposition, and Spousal Rollovers

As a result of changes to the law over the last several years, such as increased reporting requirements during the probate process, the loss of graduate rate taxation for most testamentary trusts, and restrictions on the ability of most trusts to use the principal residence exemption, alter ego trusts may…

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Pre-Conception Parentage Agreements

Over my past several blogs I have looked at the new rules for determining parentage introduced in the All Families Are Equal Act (Parentage and Related Registrations Statute Law Amendment), 2016, S.O. 2016, c. 23 (“Act”), since it is important for estate planners to understand and appreciate the variety of…

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The New Surrogacy Rules in the Children’s Law Reform Act

The new parentage rules in the All Families Are Equal Act (Parentage and Related Registrations Statute Law Amendment), 2016, S.O. 2016, c. 23 (“Act”), include rules for determining parentage where surrogacy is used. The surrogacy rules became effective on January 1, 2017 and are largely set out in sections 10…

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The New Parentage Rules in the Children’s Law Reform Act

Continuing my discussion of the All Families Are Equal Act (Parentage and Related Registrations Statute Law Amendment), 2016, S.O. 2016, c. 23, in this blog I will look at the new rules for determining the relationship of parent and child in Part I of the Children’s Law Reform Act (“CLRA”),…

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Government Addresses an Unintended Consequence of the All Families Are Equal Act

As I noted in my last blog, the All Families Are Equal Act (Parentage and Related Registrations Statute Law Amendment), 2016, S.O. 2016, c. 23 (the “Act”), introduced new rules for determining parentage in Ontario, primarily through substantial amendments to the Children’s Law Reform Act (“CLRA”) and the Vital Statistics…

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The New World of Posthumous Conception

The All Families Are Equal Act (Parentage and Related Registrations Statute Law Amendment), 2016, S.O. 2016, c. 23 (the “Act”), received Royal Assent on December 5, 2016, and the provisions of the Act discussed in this blog came into force on January 1, 2017. The Act introduces a new regime…

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The New Principal Residence Rules and the QDT

I have previously blogged about the “qualified disability trust” or “QDT” that was introduced in 2016 as part of a package of reforms to the taxation of testamentary trusts. The QDT, along with the graduated rate estate, is one of two exceptions to the general rule that, as of January…

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Multiple Wills: Part 4

In my last blog on multiple wills for probate planning I began a discussion of some considerations when defining the classes of assets that fall into the “non-probate” will (which I refer to as the “Secondary Will”) and the “probate” will (which I refer to as the “Primary Will”). I…

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