Fire’s burning, fire’s burning…

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Last week Rachel Blumenfeld and I had the pleasure of co-chairing an informative, interesting and entertaining session on cottage succession planning. The presentation was part of the STEP Canada Passport series. Our presenters were Gwen Benjamin, an estate planning specialist with Wilson Vukelich LLP and Justin de Vries, Principal of de ...

Contracting Out of Care Costs

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

A common theme in this blog is that caring for your aging spouse may be difficult and stressful without a support network. When the “healthy” spouse is too old and fragile to provide care, additional support or alternate accommodations for the ailing spouse must be found. Unfortunately, when one 80-year ...

When is an expert witness not an expert witness?

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

In Westerhof v. Gee Estate, 2015 ONCA 206, the Court of Appeal for Ontario heard appeals from Westerhof v. Gee Estate and McCallum v. Baker, two car crash cases which explored the nature of expert witnesses. The Court of Appeal concluded that witnesses with special expertise who give opinion evidence ...