Marital status – has it changed?

Monday, April 20th, 2015

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) was recently asked whether a spouses' marital status should be reported as "separated" on their tax return where legally married couple is separated indefinitely for medical reasons. In this case a legally married couple no longer reside together because one spouse has advanced Alzheimer's and has ...

Beneficial ownership of a principal residence for tax purposes: A question of Law and Fact

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Let’s say, your parents place legal title of their house in your name for health reasons. However, your parents continue to reside in the house and pay all the household expenses. Then your mom passes away. Your dad continues to reside in the house until sometime later at which ...

Families are Complicated and Necessary

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Families always want to know if they have the most difficult family, ever. They ask if I have ever worked with such family dysfunction and ask if I know of any other families as difficult or as unreasonable as theirs. My answer? The only normal families are the families ...