All About Estates

Month: September 2020

Total 19 Posts


For several years now, clients and contacts (with more frequency of late, and that’s no accident) have been asking me: “Hey Steve, I am turning 65 shortly, do I apply for CPP now or do I wait – what makes more sense financially” Based on analysis provided by experts in…

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How many shall die and who by plague?

While the New Year starts in January, Jews around the world celebrate another New Year, the birth of the universe, 5781 years ago based on the Hebrew calendar. While it is the first of the High Holidays, for many who may not attend synagogue, it is recognized and celebrated with…

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Aging, Memory, Existentialism and Xenoblade Chronicles 2

“If the Architect does indeed exist, I wish I could ask him… who am I, truly? Whence did I come? Whither am I headed?” – Jin, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 While I usually tend to write about interesting hypothetical legal issues with respect to estates, trusts and family law, I wanted…

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Road Testing your Estate Plan

This Blog was written by Suzanna Walter, Estate and Trust Consultant with Scotia Wealth Management On July 9, 2020, I wrote about the importance of road testing your incapacity plan. I would like to outline a similar road test for your Estate Plan. For most people the cornerstone of their…

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Cats, the T.S. Eliot Estate and the Gift that May Save the Brontes’ House

Earlier this year, my colleague Justin de Vries blogged about the post-mortem release of dueling love letters from T.S. Eliot and his friend/inamorata Emily Hale. However, there is now a happier news story regarding the impact of Mr. Eliot from beyond the grave. The Bronte Parsonage, in England, is a…

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Feeling Like an Apostille Imposter

Today’s blog is being brought to you by guest blogger, Krista Brown, a law clerk in the Private Client Services group of Fasken LLP. Working with high net worth clients and their complex estates, I come across new terminology, challenges and scenarios each and every day, which keeps me engaged…

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What would happen if………….

This blog was written by Robert Boyd, Scotia Wealth Management While researching an estate and trust related blog, I was recently sidetracked by the beginning of my search. As you probably already know, Google prepopulates suggested search items as you type. A further Google search informed me that the prepopulated…

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You Can’t Always Get What You Want, But … You Get What You Need

In Poitras v. Canadian Cancer Society et. al., 2020 ONSC 4935 (CanLII), a  decision on a motion, the Estate Trustee/moving party sought an order setting the terms of a release so an interim distribution could be made. The responding party argued that an interim distribution could not be made until…

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Third Party Appeals of Healthcare Decisions

As reported in the media[i] [ii] [iii], Nova Scotia’s appeals court recently heard a case involving a woman who is trying to stop her husband from receiving medical assistance in dying (MAiD). The woman is appealing a lower court decision that rejected her request for an interlocutory injunction against her…

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