All About Estates

Month: June 2022

Total 17 Posts

The Other COVID “Longhaul”? Estate Planning Sequelae of Irregular Document Execution

This Blog was written by: Kristie Smith, Estate and Trust Consultant, Scotia Wealth Management  As we emerge from the Covid restriction era and a new normal comes into focus in our day-to-day lives, new symptoms and side effects of Covid are coming into view. In the estate planning realm, in…

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Ordering a Capacity Assessment When it is Resisted

Section 105 of the Courts of Justice Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.43 and s. 79 of the Substitute Decisions Act, 1992, S.O. 1992, c. 30 provide the court with authority to order a capacity assessment, even when the individual objects. It is an extraordinary power but not one that is…

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The evolution of trust drafting

A trust indenture established today looks nothing like a trust indenture established 10 or 20 years ago. The evolution of trust drafting, and the rigid legalese once used for trusts has given way to language that better anticipates the myriad of potential scenarios typically faced by today’s clients. This evolution…

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Sumer time and the living is easy- but only if you plan ahead.

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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Digital Assets: Spotlighting Client User Considerations (Part I)

Today’s blog post was written in collaboration with Adele Ambrose – Student-at-Law at Fasken. It has become clear that the “wait and see” approach to digital assets and digital currency has now shifted to a need for prudent guidance and action by advisors and institutions. According to CoinMarketCap, the total…

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Where There’s a Will, There’s a Digital Way: Part #1

This blog was written by Ardena Bašić The stereotypical will everyone imagines usually consists of aged scrolls, fine black ink and sophisticated language such as “henceforth” and “thereafter.” However, in our increasingly digitized world, a new type of estate planning has arrived. Online, digital and electronic wills are increasingly rising…

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Yesterday I watched the US Open and thought about my dad.

Yesterday was Father’s Day. Signs, announcements and broadcasters made it very difficult not to acknowledge the day. Is it not odd that we need to be reminded by those organizations that typically want us to purchase something? Well maybe we do need to be reminded to spend a moment either…

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Leaving testamentary gifts vs giving while living – By: Yvonne Mazurak

As others have previously noted on this blog, over the coming years, we will be witnessing an unprecedent transfer of wealth from one generation to the next. While much will be transferring by way of inheritance, some who are in a position to, might wish to consider transferring assets to…

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The Value of Canadian Tire “Money” in Estates

Canadian Tire “money” has been distributed by Canadian Tire stores for almost 65 years. While CT Money is often dismissed, it may be a mistake to ignore the bills as a potential asset of the estate.

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‘Wishful Thinking Isn’t Thinking’

I continuously try to ‘live in the moment’ but I am often not successful. Today the sun is shining and Rory McIlroy just won his second Canadian Open. While it is exciting  for so many of us, for so many reasons, part of my day was spent supporting a dear…

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