All About Estates

Month: February 2021

Total 17 Posts

Use of Cottage By Children of Settlor of an Alter Ego/Joint Partner Trust

Both alter ego and joint partner trusts (the trust) allow a settlor to transfer capital assets into the trust on a tax-deferred basis if the following conditions are met: The trust is created after 1999. The settlor is at least 65 at the time of creation. In the case of…

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The Year of the Ox

It was two years ago this week that I had the pleasure of celebrating the Chinese New Year in Taiwan. It now feels like a very distant memory yet one that I can vividly recall. This year, the Year of the Ox starts on February 12, 2021. In Taiwan the…

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Section 16(b) of the Succession Law Reform Act: A Different Kind of Spousal Election

In Ontario, s. 15 of the Succession Law Reform Act (the “SLRA”) provides that a Will is revoked by a subsequent marriage of the testator. Practitioners who are meeting with a client in the weeks leading up to his or her marriage will often prepare a Will that contains a…

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The Slayer Law in Canada Part II: Beneficiaries Gone Bad

This Blog was written by: Alicia Mossington (Godin), Estate and Trust Consultant, Scotia Wealth Management  In December this author wrote about the common law forfeiture laws, colloquially known as “Slayer Law”, which precludes an individual from deriving a benefit from their own “morally culpable conduct.” In the context of the testator-beneficiary relationship,…

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Fake Evidence in the Era of Fake News

Today’s blog was written by Tyler Lin, student-at-law at de VRIES LITIGATION LLP Widespread embrace of social media has brought text messages, e-mails, and postings to the forefront of evidence in criminal, civil and family law disputes. These sources are supposed to allow judges to glean insight into the life…

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Bequeathing qualifying shares: to trust or not to trust

Use of spousal trust or common-law partner trusts Setting up a spousal or common-law partner trust is a very important decision that generally results from non-tax reasons. One of the common reasons for setting up this type of trust is to protect the surviving spouse from influencers who might try…

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More Than The Monday Blues….

Friday, January 29, 2021 was ‘Bell Let’s Talk’ day and I forgot to tweet about it.   This is very surprising for me so I am reminding those of you who might have missed it as well.  Most of us are talking much more about good mental health and the toll…

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