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The Importance of Religious and Cultural Values in Estate Planning

This blog has been written by Najib Painda, Law Clerk at Fasken LLP Religious and cultural values in Estate Planning As an immigrant growing up in different parts of the Greater Toronto Area, I was fortunate enough to be part of and experience diverse communities which embraced different ethnicities, cultures…

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What If… Black Panther Made a Will? – Lessons in Ensuring Your Common-Law Spouse Inherits if You Die Without a Will

Today’s blog was written by Jessica Butler, Law Clerk at Fasken LLP. Chadwick Boseman’s death came as a surprise to the world when he passed away in August 2020, at age 43 from colon cancer.  Chadwick was best known for his role in Black Panther – the first superhero movie…

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Do I really need a Power of Attorney?

Today’s blog was written by Courtney Lanthier, Law Clerk at Fasken LLP Simply put, yes. A Power of Attorney, whether it be for your physical property or for your health care needs, can be an invaluable document that should be part of an estate plan. Clients can be so caught…

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Eighteen (18) – Capacity to Make a Will, but will you?

This blog has been co-written by Sandra Arsenault, Law Clerk at Fasken LLP and Kassandra Douglas, Durham College Law Clerk Co-op Student at Fasken LLP At 18 years of age, you are allowed to vote in Canada, and chances are, you have had exposure to politics growing up. You likely…

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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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