All About Estates

Peter Meitanis

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Dead people who made WAY more money than you

Concert tickets are a horrible Christmas gift. The concert is a year away. They’re expensive, so the gift receiver is bound to feel guilty. You gave me a pair of tickets, are you implying that I have to take you? Cause now I’m thinking you like this singer more than…

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The Golden Girl’s Estate

Betty White was one of those rare celebrities that everyone loved. Working in the estate industry, we can’t help but talk about the wills of the rich and famous. You would be surprised to know about the planning considerations that have come up with Betty’s estimated $75 million dollar estate….

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The Airing of Grievances

Thanksgiving 2020 is a time for gratitude and togetherness. It’s a time for us to reflect on the craziness of these past 8 months and to appreciate the things that we have. For others, it’s a time to gather your family around and tell them all the ways they have…

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More Random Thoughts in Isolation

Still in isolation, still feeling random… 1.  There’s no way that this post is going to be as good as my first one 2.  One day holograph wills are going to be replaced by hologram wills 3.  Once we’re all back in the office, it’s going to feel like the…

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Random Thoughts in Isolation

I hope everyone is managing well and staying safe. Here are some random thoughts in isolation: 1. Some provinces are now allowing the virtual witnessing of wills. In related news, Estate lawyers are now the new tech support 2. Until now, I bet you didn’t realize how many corporate mailing…

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Dead People Who (Still) Make More Money Than You

  Imagine this – You’re a movie director on the independent film circuit. You need to cast the lead in your latest project, but you’ve spent most of your budget on skinny jeans and fair-trade lattes. You’re looking for someone that personifies being disillusioned, while also being super cool. Someone with…

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Trick or Treat – Estates Edition

This blog was co-written by Frederick Krueger Imagine you’re the executor of a horror writer’s estate. Everything is going to charity, except for his amazing summer house, which has been left to his ex-wife. The couple had a very messy divorce, but the ex-wife loved that home more than anything….

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Grammar saves lives

  In this week’s blog I’m going to try to do the impossible; make syntax and legal drafting interesting. Why? One comma can be the difference between life and death. It’s the difference between: Let’s eat Grandma! and Let’s eat, Grandma! Legalese, not so easy In the context of an…

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Blind Trusts and Fireworks

  “My assets are huge, just huge. If I had to put them into a blind trust, it would be the blindest trust of all time. You would have to stare directly into a solar eclipse to achieve the blindness of my trust.” – President Donald Trump (but not really)…

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The Data Trust – The Superhero We All Need

  Coming soon to Scotiabank Theatre……   *Read using a Movie Trailer Voice* In a world where hackers and evil corporations make billions using your personal information. A world where liberty is at the mercy of data breaches. There’s one thing that can’t be breached: A Fiduciary Duty Dwayne “The…

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