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Digital Assets: Spotlighting Client User Considerations (Part I)

Today’s blog post was written in collaboration with Adele Ambrose – Student-at-Law at Fasken. It has become clear that the “wait and see” approach to digital assets and digital currency has now shifted to a need for prudent guidance and action by advisors and institutions. According to CoinMarketCap, the total…

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Where There’s a Will, There’s a Digital Way: Part #1

This blog was written by Ardena Bašić The stereotypical will everyone imagines usually consists of aged scrolls, fine black ink and sophisticated language such as “henceforth” and “thereafter.” However, in our increasingly digitized world, a new type of estate planning has arrived. Online, digital and electronic wills are increasingly rising…

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Yesterday I watched the US Open and thought about my dad.

Yesterday was Father’s Day. Signs, announcements and broadcasters made it very difficult not to acknowledge the day. Is it not odd that we need to be reminded by those organizations that typically want us to purchase something? Well maybe we do need to be reminded to spend a moment either…

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Leaving testamentary gifts vs giving while living – By: Yvonne Mazurak

As others have previously noted on this blog, over the coming years, we will be witnessing an unprecedent transfer of wealth from one generation to the next. While much will be transferring by way of inheritance, some who are in a position to, might wish to consider transferring assets to…

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The Value of Canadian Tire “Money” in Estates

Canadian Tire “money” has been distributed by Canadian Tire stores for almost 65 years. While CT Money is often dismissed, it may be a mistake to ignore the bills as a potential asset of the estate.

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‘Wishful Thinking Isn’t Thinking’

I continuously try to ‘live in the moment’ but I am often not successful. Today the sun is shining and Rory McIlroy just won his second Canadian Open. While it is exciting  for so many of us, for so many reasons, part of my day was spent supporting a dear…

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What Happens When a Shareholder Party to a Transaction Becomes Incapable; Powers of Attorney for Property and Due Diligence Tips

This is Part III of my saga on incapacity planning in a corporate context. Part I and Part II can be found respectively at: https://www.allaboutestates.ca/powers-of-attorney-for-property-implications-of-obtaining-a-formal-capacity-assessment/, and https://www.allaboutestates.ca/what-happens-when-a-shareholder-voting-or-a-director-becomes-incapable-powers-of-attorney-for-property-and-shareholder-agreement-drafting-tips/. As a reminder, Part II addressed two situations that we, as estate planners, are commonly asked about: A director becomes incapable – who…

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LGBTQ2S+ Considerations in Estate Planning

This Blog was written by: Hannah Zip, Estate and Trust Consultant, Scotia Wealth Management  Proper estate and incapacity planning is important for people from all walks of life, however there are some special considerations that should be kept in mind when discussing estate planning with members of the LGBTQ2S+. This…

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How much security is enough?

With real estate prices soaring, it’s no surprise that property is often at the heart of estate litigation. Certificates of pending litigation (CPLs) are a common tool used to ensure that a disputed property is not sold before the litigation is resolved. If the parties agree to remove a CPL…

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The Something Wonderful Theory

I thought I would mix things up today and repost this blog, written by my son. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I believe in what I refer to as the Something Wonderful Theory. Since you never know when something wonderful is about to happen in your life, you might as live view each new…

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