All About Estates

Maureen Berry

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Maureen Berry is a partner in the Trusts, Wills, Estates and Charities group at Fasken. Maureen’s practice is focused on wills, estate planning, domestic and international trusts, private corporation taxation, and executive compensation. Maureen also advises charities and non-profit organizations. Working with Canadian and international families, firms, corporations and charitable organizations, she provides advice on all aspects of private client matters. She is a leading expert in the fields of tax law and estate planning. As an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, she teaches Advanced Estate Planning. Maureen has previously taught corporate tax and international tax at the University of Toronto and Western University, along with the Bar Admission course for up-and-coming lawyers.

We Are Not Fortune Tellers But….

Today’s blog is being brought to you by guest blogger, Krista Brown, a law clerk in the Private Client Services group of Fasken LLP. The year 2020 has proven to be quite challenging thus far. It is a test and a reminder of the importance of our job as estate…

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Some Things Are Not Forever!

Today’s blog was written by guest blogger, Giancarlo Mignardi, Articling Student at Fasken LLP. The rule against remoteness of vesting, more frequently referred to as the rule against perpetuities, is often viewed as one of the most notoriously difficult legal rules to apply. Its application presents such a challenge that,…

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Initial Issues Encountered When Dealing With a Possible Insolvent Estate

Today’s blog is written by guest bloggers, Krista Brown and Tracy Parkinson, law clerks in the Private Client Services group of Fasken LLP. As estate law professionals, when we hear the words “possibly insolvent estate” most of us immediately see a giant STOP sign. A named estate trustee in a…

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Alter Ego Trusts: Every Rose Has Its Thorns

This article was first published in STEP Insider. Historically, individuals have taken comfort in the knowledge that their last will and testament is a statement of their final wishes for the disposition of their accumulated wealth. However, in the face of increasing wills litigation and fees payable in connection with…

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Secret and Semi-Secret Trusts: An Unusual Approach to Testamentary Dispositions – Part I

Guest written by Giancarlo Mignardi, Student-at-Law at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP When we think about testamentary gifts, we typically think of outright gifts, and testamentary trusts, both of which are typically set out in the terms of a Will. However, there is another, lesser-known option: the secret (and semi-secret) trust….

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When Your Property Is Not Really Your Property

This blog post is co-written with Fatima Husnain, student-at-law at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. You might assume that all of the aspects of land within your property line belong to you, but that may not be the case. A recent British Columbia case, Douglas Lake Cattle Company v Nicola Valley…

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As (More and More) Time Goes By…

It’s that time of year when we are once again reminded of how quickly time flies.  The start of school signals the end of yet another summer.  And it doesn’t just signal the onset of shorter days and colder weather, but it also reminds us that soon we will be…

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And the “Petty” Saga Continues…

Liz Bozek first blogged about the tragedy of Tom Petty’s sudden death and the musical legacy that he left behind, commenting that “a life unexpectedly cut short can nevertheless be celebrated because of the rich legacy left behind.” Unfortunately, any hopes of a long-term celebration by his family were dashed…

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Ontario’s Non-Resident Speculation Tax – A Cautionary (Trust) Tale

This post reviews the Ontario “Non-Resident Speculation Tax” (“NRST”), and draws attention to an important possible effect to be aware of on land conveyances involving trusts in the province.  This post is a refresher and update to Corina Weigl’s post in June, 2017, which was posted shortly after the proposal…

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Dementia Villages: A Unique Approach to Dementia Care

Today’s blog was written by Krysten Zator, Summer Law Student According to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, 564,000 Canadians live with dementia, a number which is expected to rise to almost 1 million by the year 2031.[1] Globally, about 50 million individuals live with dementia, a number which is expected…

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