All About Estates

Month: July 2020

Total 23 Posts

A Heartwarming Thank You!

I read a post on LinkedIn recently that touched my heart and is the inspiration of this blog.  It was a letter from a recent widower to a hairdresser who had made the experience of his wife’s last haircut one of the best moments of her life.  He explained how…

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Can a Prudent Investor have a Green Thumb?

This blog was written by Raluca Gondor You’re named executor of a green estate. You’ve arranged for a green burial in one of Ontario’s seven green cemeteries, have identified environmental charities in line with the testator’s wishes, and are now left to handle the estate’s investments. You’ve just arrived at…

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Divisional Court Appeals: Not The Place For New Issues

In Luck v. Hudson, 2020 ONSC 3811 (Div. Ct.), the Divisional Court confirmed that an appeal is not the time to raise new issues and seek directions regarding an estate. In this case, the deceased and his wife owned a house together jointly which then sold (it is not clear…

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Extended tax payment deadlines and interest relief on tax debt

Further tax payment deadline extensions and interest relief on tax debt are on offer by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) during the COVID-19 pandemic. As announced on July 27, 2020, trusts now have until September 30, 2020, to pay income tax balances and instalments that would have otherwise been due…

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Momentos and good memories

We will all experience loss of a loved one and while my loss may be more recent than some, it can make these occurrences feel more vivid. Over the weekend I received the many boxes that I had packed up from my mother’s apartment.  While I started to sort them…

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To DIY Or Not To DIY

Today’s blog is being brought to you by guest blogger, Jennifer Campbell, a law clerk in the Private Client Services group of Fasken LLP. I have been following the #MoneyMasterClass hosted by Gail Vaz-Oxlade, the former TV host of “Til Debt Do Us Part”, on Twitter since January 1, 2020. …

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Foundation v. Charitable Organization

The WE Charity scandal has been fascinating to charity watchers.  On July 22, it was revealed that the Canadian Government contracted with the WE Charity Foundation for the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG) program, not the WE Charity as previously reported. Parallel public foundations often co-exist with operating charities (charitable…

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Deleon v DeRanney and the Definition of “child” Under the SLRA

In Deleon v. DeRanney, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice awarded some dependant support to a non-biological child who was part of the deceased’s unconventional family. As blog readers may be aware, the Succession Law Reform Act (SLRA) does not require that a child be the biological offspring of the…

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Someone else’s tax bill – Sometimes there is no getting away from it!

In Dreger et al v the Queen (2020 TCC25), the beneficiaries of an estate bequest appealed assessments for unpaid taxes by the deceased. In this case, the deceased was an annuitant of a life income fund (“LIF”) and prior to his death, he designated to each of his daughters as…

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Living alone, being lonely and the perils of isolation.

We already know that loneliness is a major debilitating cause of  health decline in seniors. Over the years I have blogged about the challenge of seniors living on their own, without a support network.  During this pandemic, the isolation and separateness of everyone was very difficult on all us. However…

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