All About Estates

Month: July 2022

Total 15 Posts

Higher Costs for Aging Well= Nothing New

On March 25 2021, the Canadian Medical Association published their final report ‘Canada’s elder care crisis’.  In this report they quantify the demand for care, on our healthy system, from a home care and long- term care perspective.  This refers to the demands on the public sector and those on…

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Returning to Work – How Hard Could This Be?

I recently returned to Fasken after taking time off to raise my son.  When I started my leave in September, I was just shy of 16 years working at Fasken without any type of long term break.  To shift gears from going full steam to a much slower pace with…

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Planning for Pets

This post was written by Diana Leopardi While we often plan for our human children, it’s time to think about including our fur-babies into our estate planning. Pets offer their owners the ultimate companionship and unconditional love. Often times, owners consider their pets family members so why not include pets…

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Life Interest or Licence to Use?

A person’s house is often their most valuable assets – both monetarily and emotionally. As a result, testators tend to put a lot of thought into who, and how, they wish to leave their house. However, as is always the case, best laid plans often go awry. One example of this, explored in the 2022 Court of Appeal of Ontario decision Barsoski Estate v Wesley, is when it is unclear whether the will gifts someone with a life interest in the house or a licence to use the property.

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Move Over-the power of love and keeping memories alive.

As we start summer and on this first Monday of July, I thought I would share a good news story.  There has been so much pain and suffering over the last while, that I think sometimes we need to hear more positive stories- of all types. This good news comes…

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