All About Estates

Tamar Silverbrook

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Tamar Silverbrook is an associate in the Trusts, Wills, Estates and Charities group at Fasken. Tamar’s practice is focused on domestic and international trusts, as well as wills and estate planning. Tamar works closely with clients and/or clients’ advisors to draft the appropriate documents to facilitate estate and business succession plans that fulfill clients’ unique objectives. This includes providing advice on probate planning, disability planning, charitable gifting, asset protection strategies, cross-border estates and tax issues, personal privacy, family law matters and the interpretation of trusts’ provisions and the corresponding scope of authority provided to trustees. Tamar also advises trustees in administrating a range of complex trust matters.

Multigenerational Succession Planning; The Hilton Family As An Example

Overview We frequently hear the notion that the largest wealth transfer in modern history is commencing.  With that, clients increasingly share their objective of multi-generational, or dynastic, planning.  For me, as an estate planner, an immediate question arises, namely “How can we assist in accomplishing this objective?  Evidently, a goal…

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What Happens When a Shareholder Party to a Transaction Becomes Incapable; Powers of Attorney for Property and Due Diligence Tips

This is Part III of my saga on incapacity planning in a corporate context. Part I and Part II can be found respectively at: https://www.allaboutestates.ca/powers-of-attorney-for-property-implications-of-obtaining-a-formal-capacity-assessment/, and https://www.allaboutestates.ca/what-happens-when-a-shareholder-voting-or-a-director-becomes-incapable-powers-of-attorney-for-property-and-shareholder-agreement-drafting-tips/. As a reminder, Part II addressed two situations that we, as estate planners, are commonly asked about: A director becomes incapable – who…

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What Happens When a Shareholder (Voting) or a Director Becomes Incapable; Powers of Attorney for Property and Shareholder Agreement Drafting Tips

This is Part II of my saga on addressing circumstances of incapacity, Part I can be found at: https://www.allaboutestates.ca/powers-of-attorney-for-property-implications-of-obtaining-a-formal-capacity-assessment/. Part II, being this blog post, addresses two situations that we, as estate planners, are commonly asked about: Director becomes incapable – who can sign for them? Shareholder (voting) becomes incapable…

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Has a Contingent Beneficiary Asked for an Accounting?

An estate trustee does not have an obligation to provide a contingent beneficiary with an accounting; nonetheless, some form of accounting is generally done at the request of a contingent beneficiary. If accounts are not provided, a contingent beneficiary may bring an application to compel an estate trustee to pass…

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COVID Wedding Wars: Planning a Wedding During Yet Another Lockdown… or You Could Forget About It And Consider U.S. Estate Tax On U.S. Securities Held With Canadian Investment Dealers

January is kickstarting what seems to be the “Year of the Hats” for me. In addition to my usual winter hat and estate planner hat, this month I’m also fashioning my wedding planner hat, COVID style.  As it turns out, planning a February wedding during a COVID lockdown actually means…

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Stripping Assets Out of Corporations; Will Drafting Considerations

Imagine you have an interest in a privately held corporation, which corporation’s underlying assets include a valuable art collection. Perhaps on your death you would like the art collection, or certain pieces, to be given to your closest friend, with the remaining assets (represented by the shares in the corporation)…

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Powers of Attorney for Property: Implications of Obtaining a Formal Capacity Assessment

Have you ever had this train of thought: ‘what happens now that X is losing capacity? Do I, as the appointed attorney for property, start acting gradually, as needed, or do I obtain a capacity assessment? What are the implications of obtaining versus not obtaining a capacity assessment, particularly when…

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Channelling Your Inner J.K. Rowling in Drafting Trustee Resolutions

Today’s blog has been collaboratively written by Corina Weigl and Tamar Silverbrook. The fast paced, (often) time sensitive and adrenaline rushing nature of ‘estate freezes’[1] helps captivate us in the world of trust work.  What is, however, particularly appealing is the ability to be creative. The trust and estate documents…

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A review of the use of a Principal Residence Exemption by a Trust

With Toronto’s real estate market being too hot to handle, clients more frequently are calling to review their estate plans in relation to their real estate holdings. Inevitably, such discussion occurs within the context of their overall planning, which may include the use of family trusts (i.e. inter vivos trusts…

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Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) – An Update

Today marks a court-imposed deadline regarding legislative amendments to our laws on medical assistance in dying (“MAiD”). This topic, although heavy, has been important to me, particularly over the past year. As recently as the US election, someone close to me was scheduled for MAiD. As her date was approaching,…

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