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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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Life changes…so why shouldn’t your Will?

Today’s blog was written by Courtney Lanthier, Law Clerk at Fasken LLP I’ve had a few instances where clients have asked “is this really my LAST will, or will I be doing this all over again in five or ten years?” which, in fairness, is a great question. As estate…

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A CAREER IN WILLS AND ESTATES – COULD IT BE FOR YOU?

This blog has been written by Sandra Arsenault, Law Clerk at Fasken LLP As our fellow blog writer, Audrey Miller wrote earlier this week (here), new Census data indicates that the number of seniors over age 85 is expected to triple in the next 25 years. Could this be an…

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Walters v. Walters: Limits to “Absolute Discretion” and Judicial Intervention by: Yvonne Mazurak

A recent Court of Appeal decision, Walters v Walters, 2022 ONCA 38, addresses a trustee’s requirement to give effect to a testator or settlor’s intentions when exercising discretion with respect to distributions from a discretionary trust. At issue was whether the trustees had improperly relied on extraneous or irrelevant factors…

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Mental Health and Estate Planning; How to Navigate a Changing Conversation

Today’s Blog was written by Emily Papsin, Articling Student at Fasken LLP On February 10th, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in Joy v. McGrath. The court affirmed the application judge’s finding that Mr. Joy’s suicide note was a valid holograph will, and overturned his finding that Mr….

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Codicils within Multiple Wills and the Complexity Between Them

Today’s blog was written by Najib Painda, Wills & Estates Law Clerk at Fasken LLP   As you may know, the purpose of a Codicil is to effect minor changes within an existing Estate plan without the need to create a whole new Will. In today’s age of technology, where…

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Happy Executor, Happy Administration

Today’s blog was written by Courtney Lanthier, Law Clerk at Fasken LLP The death of a loved one is never easy to handle, but add on the additional responsibility of acting as an executor and you almost don’t have time to grieve the loss. One of the questions we should…

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Goodbye My Furry Friend

  This blog has been written by Sandra Arsenault, Law Clerk at Fasken LLP With more people working from home and less activities available for children, it is no surprise that there has been a COVID pet boom as many families have added a new member to their household during…

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“And Just Like That”: Mr. Big’s big mistake and other take aways

This blog post has been written by YVONNE MAZURAK, Associate at Fasken LLP. Like many others, I spent a good chunk of my time off over the holidays catching up on “And Just Like That”, aka the reboot of the decade long 90s hit show which followed the lives of…

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Thank You for Being a Friend – The Legacy of Betty White

Today’s blog has been written by Jessica J. Butler, Law Clerk at Fasken LLP Betty Marion White was born on January 17, 1922 and passed away at her home on December 31, 2021 – just 17 days shy of her 100th birthday. “I feel like crawling under the covers and eating…

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