All About Estates

Inherited assets and TOSI

While it has been over 18 months since its implementation, we are still learning more about the application of the tax on split income (TOSI) rules.  The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) provided guidance where shares of a private company are passed on to the children of the deceased. The CRA…

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Hot Stuff!

It is hot out there.  We have had heat advisories  and I hope we have been paying attention.  I called my elderly client  to see how she was doing and she  told me she was not feeling well. I spoke with her caregiver and  asked if her AC was working. …

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Neuroimaging and Capacity

Neuroimaging and Dementia
Technology has increasingly allowed us to peek into the brain, and medical professionals, scientists, lawyers, and laypeople increasingly form opinions of what these images tell us. When it comes to understanding the human mind, humans are more likely to trust brain imaging data as more authoritative and credible than behavioural data.

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Revival Trusts: Dead on Arrival?

This blog was written by Lara Besharat Benjamin Franklin famously wrote that “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” A hundred and seventy-eight years later, the Alcor Life Extension Foundation undertook to disprove this generally accepted inevitability. In 1967, James Bedford became the first person to be…

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Celebrity Estate Battles

Families fight.  Celebrities are no different.  If anything, it is always interesting to read how the ultra-wealthy handle their estate planning and what issues arise on their deaths (particularly as there is usually a string of ex-spouses and multiple children involved).  In today’s blog, I discuss some of the legal…

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SHAREHOLDERS AGREEMENTS, EXIT PROVISIONS AND THE IMPACT OF CONTROL

Control is an important concept for applying certain income tax rules and valuation issues (amongst others) when dealing with corporations, with serious implications to current and future (and estate) planning scenarios. De jure control refers to legal control of a corporation, which requires a look at shareholdings. Control in fact,…

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Summer Time and the Living is Easy

Are you planning any summer holidays?  Are you travelling alone or with your family?  Should you decide to vacation with your older parent, there are some pre planning tips that can make this journey more enjoyable for both of you. Firstly, know what type of holiday would be best for…

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Estate Planning, Trusts, and Family Law

Inter vivos trusts are often used in the estate planning process to manage and preserve family wealth across generations. Within that broad framework, such trusts are used for a variety of reasons. Parents or grandparents may want to establish a vehicle for funding the education costs of future generations. A…

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Too much “Legalese” – Better Pay Attention!

  This Blog was written by: Emily Racine   While reviewing wills with clients, the focus is often on the dispositive provisions of the will; in other words, clients tend to focus on the first five pages of the will and leave the rest to the lawyers. For the most…

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Probate and the Humans Rights Tribunal of Ontario

On June 29, 2019, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (the “HRTO”) released an interim decision which impacts upon estate trustees and which calls for some friendly scrutiny from estate solicitors and litigators. My colleague, Jacob Kaufman, blogged about a previous and related HRTO 2017 case which required that a certificate of…

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