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Until Death Do Us Part…

This Blog was written by Angèle LeBlanc, Estate and Trust Advisor at MD Private Trust Company which is part of Scotia Wealth Management The Medical Assistance in Dying, Bill C-14 (MAiD) was enacted into law on June 17th, 2016. Since then, some of us may have heard of cases where…

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Keeping Up from the Kasket – Planning Your Digital Death

This post was written by Emily Rosen Can someone inherit a digital identity? At what point does an Instagram account become a business rather than a personal platform? We have already seen this happen with celebrities after they die; Paul Walker, Nipsey Hussle, and Michael Jackson all still have active…

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Embracing the COVID-19 Ready Executor

This Blog was written by Edward Ngo, Estate and Trust Advisor  with MD Private Trust, Scotia Wealth Management In Vancouver, the virtual estate planning landscape is changing before our eyes since British Columbia declared a state of emergency on March 18, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The early contentious…

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Personhood and RBG

This Blog was written by: Alicia Godin, Estate and Trust Consultant, Scotia Wealth Management If you are frequent visitor to All About Estates, you can likely appreciate the importance of a well-prepared estate plan. The cornerstone of the estate plan is the Last Will and Testament. Many contributors to this…

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Choice and Planning for Incapacity

This blog was written by Damian McGrath – Estate and Trust Consultant with Scotia Wealth Management Choice is the act of decision making when faced with two or more possibilities. Decision making requires an understanding of the situation, the decision itself and the consequences of it. If our ability to…

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Road Testing your Estate Plan

This Blog was written by Suzanna Walter, Estate and Trust Consultant with Scotia Wealth Management On July 9, 2020, I wrote about the importance of road testing your incapacity plan. I would like to outline a similar road test for your Estate Plan. For most people the cornerstone of their…

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What would happen if………….

This blog was written by Robert Boyd, Scotia Wealth Management While researching an estate and trust related blog, I was recently sidetracked by the beginning of my search. As you probably already know, Google prepopulates suggested search items as you type. A further Google search informed me that the prepopulated…

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Survivorship Clauses in the Will

This Blog was written by: Gali Gelbart, Estate and Trust Consultant, Scotia Wealth Management  Survivorship clauses help ensure that the testator’s intentions are carried out, namely by preventing a gift under the will from falling into the beneficiary’s estate and incurring higher administration costs.  By specifying a minimum survival period…

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Gift Ideas for the Freshman in the Family

This Blog was written by: Alicia Godin, Estate and Trust Consultant, Scotia Wealth Management As we approach mid-August, many students (and parents) have turned their minds to the new school year. Although this year post-secondary education may look slightly different for many students with the switch to online learning, it…

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Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way: Virtual Witnessing and Undue Influence During COVID-19

This blog was written by Lara Besharat As the pandemic trudges on, jurisdictions are bowing to pressure, allowing for what was once a rigidly fixed process to be done virtually. In Canada, a will historically required the physical presence of two witnesses alongside the testator to be considered valid. However,…

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