Archive for the ‘Succession Planning’ Category

Promise to Bequeath and Dependant Support Claims

Monday, September 29th, 2014

In 2012 Justice Tausendfreund found a deceased had made a promise to bequeath his farm and cottage to his grandsons provided they worked on the properties for him which the grandfather did not do. After trial Justice Tausendfreund ordered the properties be conveyed to the grandsons in fulfilment of that ...


Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

My fellow bloggers and I have written in the past about the ins and outs of legitimate probate fee avoidance arrangements available to a testator. These arrangements include an intervivos transfer of assets such as alter-ego trusts. Care and advice must be taken to ensure that the transfer of assets ...

King Lear: Lessons in estate and succession planning, capacity and family dynamics

Friday, August 29th, 2014

The Stratford Festival has included ‘King Lear’ among this year’s performances.  ‘Lear’, of course, is the poster boy for older adults who use poor judgment in determining how and when to distribute their assets to their children.  The opening of King Lear reveals the King’s intent to divest his kingdom ...