Are You Protected?

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Over the years since All About Estates has existed there have been several blogs dealing with the roles and responsibilities of acting as an executor/trustee, as well as the potential liability an executor/trustee faces. As estate planners we work with our clients in understanding the “job” of being an ...

Is it a Will?

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

The answer to this question depends on (i) the legal requirements regarding the formalities for making a Will and, (ii) when those requirements are not met, whether the court with jurisdiction over the Will is able to follow the doctrine of “substantial compliance”. In Ontario, in order for a Will to ...

What’s Done is Done?

Monday, July 7th, 2014

As a lawyer whose area of expertise is estate planning I am often asked about “simple” strategies to avoid or reduce the amount of probate taxes that may be payable on an individual’s death. (Probate is the process to confirm the validity of an individual’s Will. It is not ...