Valuations for estate planning arrangements and tax disputes.

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

I was at a conference for professional valuators and appraisers from around North America. There was a session devoted to the do’s and don’ts when dealing with the tax authorities on disputes with valuations, presented by two gentlemen with considerable experience with tax disputes on both sides of the border. I ...

LEAVING QUEBEC? DON’T FORGET TO PACK YOUR NOTARIAL WILL

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

The recent case of Morton v. Christian is a reminder to Quebec residents - if you execute a notarial Will, you need to appreciate the manner in which the notarial Will can be revoked. Notarial Wills stem from the Quebec Civil Code. They are executed before a notary, who then registers ...

Mandatory Mediation – A Binding Success

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

In 1999, a pilot program was implemented in Toronto requiring mandatory mediation for all estates, trusts, and substitute decisions matters.  In 2002, mandatory mediation was expanded to Windsor and Ottawa.  The pilot program was considered a success and mandatory mediation has been enshrined in rule 75.1 of the Rules of ...