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There’s no better time than the present

Six reasons to start estate planning early! Estate planning is a part of life that, despite best intentions, is often moved to the back burner. It’s not surprising; many individuals struggle to consider or discuss their own mortality and that of their closest loved ones. Nobody is excited to review…

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To My Attorney: “I Do Not Want to Move in with my Kids”

A question that often arises when discussing powers of attorney is whether to appoint the same person as the decision maker for property and personal care. although the roles are distinct at law, in practical terms there is a great deal of overlap. There are advantages of appointing the same…

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Good Grief

All About Estates’ readers consist largely of professionals working in the areas of estates, trusts, capacity, tax, and elder care specialists. We are lawyers, accountants, financial advisors, social workers, and other people who live in the world of ageing, death and dying. We meet our clients as they plan for…

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Who better to weigh in on the impact of the recent federal budget than a philosophy major?

I’ve nominated myself to provide you with two highlights from last week’s federal budget announcement, and before I get into the nitty gritty, I provide you with a summary of my qualifications for undertaking this task. My undergraduate studies took a rather meandering path through geography, political science, a few…

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The Cost of a Will

This post was written by Alicia Mossington, Estate and Trust Consultant with Scotiatrust. Specialists in estate planning recognize the value and importance of having a well-prepared estate plan. Many of my fellow authors have articulated the importance of a comprehensive will and estate plan. Those involved in estate administration have…

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Emotional Support Dogs

I once lost a seat in business class to an alleged Emotional Support Animal (“ESA”). The dog’s owners arrived for a flight in which they were apparently ready to put their alleged ESA, Woofie Goldberg[i], into her carrier and stow her under the seat in front of their own seats….

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Activating Powers of Attorney for Property in Ontario.

I happened to be on my google machine earlier today, doing a quick search of “activation of powers of attorney”. I found a rather upsetting website belonging to a member of the bar suggesting that a power of attorney ought to be activated “if the grantor dies”, and so here…

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Canadian State Funerals, a deep dive

My dog and I have a habit of visiting our neighbours at least once a week. After Final Jeopardy, maybe on a Tuesday or Wednesday, I ask George if she wants to go visiting, and my little cockapoo loses her little dog mind, races to the door, and charges down…

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Summary Judgment in Estate Litigation, and the Role of a Financial Advisor as a Witness

It is widely known by estate litigation lawyers that the courts are clogged with disputes, often leading to lengthy delays in the obtaining hearing or trial dates.  Summary judgment is one way that the courts can decide cases efficiently.  To achieve a just result, a lengthy trial with oral testimony…

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How to talk about death and dying: morbid curiosity welcome

I may be ghoulish, but I think not. I am quite interested in talking about death and dying. I’m the daughter of a former hospice nurse, a former student of a high school teacher who spent an entire term teaching about death and dying as part of a world religions…

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