Archive for the ‘Spouse’ Category

International Couples, Beware!

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

In Burkhardt v. Burkhardt Estate, 2015, the Ontario Superior Court addressed the issue of common habitual residence to determine the wife’s entitlement to her husband’s estate, and in doing so, highlighted the interplay of Family and Estates law in Ontario. The testator, Walter Burkhardt was an entrepreneur who left Germany for ...

Interrelation of Family Law and Estate Planning

Friday, September 9th, 2011

With many couples, one or both spouses have had previous marriages or common law relationships.  For many reasons, these couples’ estate planning instructions are not usually the traditional “all to my spouse with a gift over to my issue”.    Spousal trusts are a popular solution, particularly when one or both ...