All About Estates

Anna Alizadeh

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Anna was called to the Ontario Bar in June 2016. Prior to joining de VRIES LITIGATION LLP, she articled at a full service firm where she developed a strong background in litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Anna also worked on estate litigation files and estate planning matters, and co-authored a chapter on Physician Assisted Dying for Key Developments in Estates and Trusts Law in Ontario, 2015-2016 edition. She obtained her Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with a minor in Biology, from York University, and her Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa. While in law school, Anna participated in an exchange program in Paris, France, where she obtained her Certificate in French and European Union Law. Anna practices in the areas of estates, trusts and capacity litigation. She is fluent in Farsi and has a professional working proficiency in French. Email: AAlizadeh@devrieslitigation.com

Limiting the Limitations Act

Estate trustees must be ready at all times to account for their management and administration of an estate.  There is no statutory requirement for an estate trustee to formally pass his or her accounts.  However, the court may order an estate trustee to do so.  As part of the estate…

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Thin Management Plan; no Guardianship

There are many reasons why a person may wish to have someone else assist with the management of their finances or personal care decisions.  One reason could be because he/she will be away from home for a period of time and needs someone to look after their financial affairs while…

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You Better Think – Who will be your Estate Trustee?

Aretha Franklin, queen of soul, passed away on August 16, 2018 in Michigan, United States.  She leaves behind unforgettable songs, a vast estate, and no will.  It never ceases to surprise me when I hear about a celebrity dying without a will (i.e. intestate).  Sure, celebrities are people too.  But,…

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What the Law Takes Away, the Law can just as Easily Give Back

I previously blogged about the importance of making a will to ensure that your testamentary wishes are carried through.  Eissmann v Kuntz is a recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision illustrating the unintended consequences of improper estate planning. Background Siegfried Kunz was born in Germany in 1937.  He married…

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And the Estate Goes to…

It is imperative to make a will.  Too often lawyers come across files where an individual dies without a will (i.e. “intestate”), leaving behind a messy estate to be wrapped up and distributed.   People often wonder who inherits an intestate person’s estate. When a person dies intestate in Ontario, the…

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French Elvis has Left the Building

Johnny Hallyday, referred to as the “French Elvis”, leaves behind a string of ex-wives and disappointed beneficiaries.  His recent death has resulted in litigation over his multi-million dollar estate, with the central issue being whether French or California law governs the distribution of his estate. It is not uncommon for…

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Oh, How Convenient

This article was co-authored with Ronald Neal, student-at-law. A centuries’ old practice gives personal representatives one year after the death of a deceased to wind up the deceased’s estate (calling in assets, paying estate debts, converting assets to enable distribution of the estate, etc.).  This is often called the “executor’s…

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Moving to another Province? Update your Estate Plans

It is common for Canadians to move from one province to another. As part of such a relocation, financial planning and personal relationships are among two aspects of life that often change or evolve. The law applicable to a particular matter may also change depending on the province. The jurisdiction…

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What Will your Will Say? Part II

In a previous post, I shared with you a number of interesting (often odd) requests and bequests in a last will and testament.  Today, I share part two of some of the most interesting last wills and testaments in the last few centuries: Can we communicate with the dead? Harry…

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Sorry, you’re not invited

A party has a right to be present at all parts of the litigation process, including at examinations for discovery.  However, the court has discretion to exclude co-parties from attending at each other’s examination for discovery where there is a risk of evidence tailoring.  In the recent case of Boodhoo…

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