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Where There’s a Will, There’s a Digital Way: Part #2

This blog was written by Ardena Bašić As previously written (in other words, go read blog-de-digital wills Part #1!), online, electronic and digital wills are rising in prominence. Yet, given that there are no Canadian laws to address how these assets should be handled after death, it is vital to…

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Planning for Pets

This post was written by Diana Leopardi While we often plan for our human children, it’s time to think about including our fur-babies into our estate planning. Pets offer their owners the ultimate companionship and unconditional love. Often times, owners consider their pets family members so why not include pets…

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The Other COVID “Longhaul”? Estate Planning Sequelae of Irregular Document Execution

This Blog was written by: Kristie Smith, Estate and Trust Consultant, Scotia Wealth Management  As we emerge from the Covid restriction era and a new normal comes into focus in our day-to-day lives, new symptoms and side effects of Covid are coming into view. In the estate planning realm, in…

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Where There’s a Will, There’s a Digital Way: Part #1

This blog was written by Ardena Bašić The stereotypical will everyone imagines usually consists of aged scrolls, fine black ink and sophisticated language such as “henceforth” and “thereafter.” However, in our increasingly digitized world, a new type of estate planning has arrived. Online, digital and electronic wills are increasingly rising…

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LGBTQ2S+ Considerations in Estate Planning

This Blog was written by: Hannah Zip, Estate and Trust Consultant, Scotia Wealth Management  Proper estate and incapacity planning is important for people from all walks of life, however there are some special considerations that should be kept in mind when discussing estate planning with members of the LGBTQ2S+. This…

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Planning the transfer of the a family vacation property

This Blog was written by Natalie Melanson, Estate and Trust Advisor at MD Private Trust Company which is part of Scotia Wealth Management This long Canadian winter has finally come to an end and Canadians can look forward to some great spring and summer long weekends and vacations. With the summer season upon…

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The soft issues matter – Choosing an Executor

This blog was written by Justin Ecclestone, Estate and Trust Consultant with Scotia Wealth Management  As someone who works for a trust company, much of my day is spent educating our bank’s clients about the estate and trust planning services we can offer. In many cases, clients see the value…

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Estate Planning for Agricultural Producers

This blog was written by Maggie Dalke – Estate and Trust Consultant with Scotia Wealth Management There are a significant number of agricultural producers that require estate planning services.  According to a 2016 Statistics Canada report, there are 193,492 census farms in Canada.  Many agricultural producers are reaching retirement age…

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Til’ Death Do Us Part? The Impact of Marriage on Estate Planning

This Blog was written by: Alicia Mossington (Godin), Estate and Trust Consultant, Scotia Wealth Management My colleagues have written several recent articles on capacity. “Capacity” is an interesting area of law and the test for capacity differs radically depending on the subject and setting. Testamentary capacity or capacity to make a…

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Inbox (1): My Last Will and Testament

This blog was written by Adam Settecase We are living in the hyper-digital age. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the formalities for executing wills have been modified in many jurisdictions to allow for virtual witnessing via videoconference. An attestation by a witness who is not even remotely in…

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