All About Estates

Month: October 2010

Total 20 Posts

Granny Dumping- a sad comment

‘Granny dumping’, not so lovingly defined as elderly people being abandoned by relatives or others in emergency departments, is happening close to home. It is the end of the spectrum of baby dumping. What a sad comment on our society today and ultimately, ourselves. I believe that how we treat…

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The Trials and Tribulations of Choosing an Executor

Over the last two weeks, a number of blogs have addressed the issue of choosing an executor. Here is a litigator’s perspective (for better or worse).

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Multiply the tax saving with multiple trusts

Multiply the tax savings by creating another taxpayer with reference to a testamentary trust in your will.

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What do Two Million Canadians and Stieg Larsson have in common? For the answer to this question, read on.

Stieg Larsson, author of the Millennium Trilogy of crime novels, ultimately died without a Will. This left his long term lover Eva Gabrielsson without any claim to his Estate which under Swedish law would pass to his father and brother.

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Having The Talk, From The Birds And The Bees To The Will, Estate And Final Wishes.

While family members may not agree amongst themselves, on any level, it is possible to have everyone be on the same page, as it comes to dealing with their parents as they age and decline.

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Proportionality: Is there a Place for It in the Estates and Trusts World?

Since the paradigm shift about ten years ago in costs in estate litigation such that costs are to now follow the cause rather than being paid out of the estate automatically, proportionality has become the new kid in town.

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Summary judgment motions will only become more popular and those practicing estate litigation will have to familiarize themselves with the new procedural norms.

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