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Meeting the Will Challenge Threshold

Today’s blog was written by Christina Papadopoulos, an articling student with de VRIES LITIGATION LLP. What is the minimum level of evidence to be met before a court allows a will challenge to proceed? The recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision in Naismith v. Clarke, 2019 ONSC 5280 (“Naismith”)…

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When Spouses “Separate” Due to Changing Medical Needs

This blog was written by Christina Papadopoulos, student-at-law at de VRIES LITIGATION LLP. How does a physical separation caused by the admission of one spouse into a long-term care facility impact the interpretation of a will? This was the question posed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Stuart…

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The CPP Child Rearing Dropout and its Impact on Survivor Benefits

Today’s blog was written by Monique J. Charlebois, a bilingual lawyer with more than 20 years of experience practicing Ontario estates law.  If you have clients who have lost a relatively young spouse/parent who was the primary caregiver to young children for many years, letting them know about the Child…

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Estate Planning for Pets

Today’s blog was written by K. Thomas Grozinger, LL.B, C.S., TEP[1] Principal Trust Specialist, Professional Practice Group RBC Estate & Trust Services Will the holiday season bring a new pet into the family scene? Pets are often considered part of the family, with one survey suggesting that almost 20% of…

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So, you want to be an Executor – Take Heed!

Today’s blog was written by guest blogger Wendy Templeton. Wendy Templeton practices in the area of Wills, trusts, tax and estates at LLF Lawyers LLP in Peterborough. She is a well-known author and lecturer and currently contributes to the Diploma Program of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners of Canada (STEP),…

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Locking-in Your Family’s Inheritance – a Matter of “Trust”?

Today’s guest blogger is Wendy Templeton. Wendy is a member of the Wills, Estates and Wealth Management Group at LLF Lawyers in Peterborough, Ontario.  She is a well-known author and lecturer with a background in taxation of trusts and estates, business succession, and wills, trusts and estates.  She has a…

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A Wealth of Information for Trust & Estate Professionals

Today’s blog was written by Elaine Blades, TEP Last week I had the pleasure of attending/presenting at STEP Canada’s 18th National Conference.  I was joined by over 700 trust and estate professionals from across Canada. STEP members come from a variety of professional backgrounds:  law, accounting, insurance, trust industry and…

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“The Nest” – Not Your Typical Book Review

Today’s blog was written by Elaine Blades, TEP The Nest, by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, currently sits near the top of several best seller lists. It’s a novel about four adult siblings and how the prospect of their imminent shared inheritance – known affectionately as “The Nest” – affects them individually…

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