All About Estates

Category: Estate Planning

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Gift of Ecologically Sensitive Lands and the Carryover period for charitable donation deduction

In Yellow Point Lodge Ltd. v, The Queen DTC 1130, the Company owned certain lands on Vancouver Island, mostly undeveloped and in its natural state. In June 2008, the Company granted a covenant and other specified legal interests with respect to a parcel of ecologically-sensitive land, to two organizations, with…

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Avoiding Common Pitfalls with Beneficiary Designations

This blog was written by Isabelle Cadotte – Estate and Trust Consultant with Scotia Wealth Management Beneficiary designations on registered accounts and pension plans (RRSPs, RRIFs, TFSAs, etc.) and life insurance policies are a double-edged sword when it comes to estate planning. They are simple to implement – a designation…

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Attribution under 75(2)

Income attribution rules, generally speaking, operate so that income of one person (the actual recipient of the income) is attributed to and becomes income of another person (the transferor). Whether or not income which is subject to subsection 75(2) is first and foremost income of the trust itself can be…

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What is a Discretionary Trust?

Discretionary trusts are a tool used in estate planning to create a flexible trust that provides trustees the discretion to decide who receives the income or capital from the trust and when. The trustees must choose from the class of beneficiaries that are named in the trust, however, none of the beneficiaries have an automatic right to receive proceeds from the trust. There are many benefits to this type of trust and some drawbacks that can be overcome through proper estate planning.

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When Spouses “Separate” Due to Changing Medical Needs

This blog was written by Christina Papadopoulos, student-at-law at de VRIES LITIGATION LLP. How does a physical separation caused by the admission of one spouse into a long-term care facility impact the interpretation of a will? This was the question posed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Stuart…

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The perils of home purchase loans

Executors and personal representatives are tasked with making sure the deceased’s tax obligations are properly dealt with out of the deceased’s estate. An issue that may arise in the course of dealing with the obligations is how to deal with loans and advances from a private company. The Canada Revenue Agency…

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Wine and Estate Planning

I recently went looking for information to assist wine and spirit collectors with their estate planning. To my surprise there is little material online.  It’s easy to uncovered truth by drinking wine – “in vivo veritas” – but much harder to find a comprehensive Canadian resource about estate planning for…

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Celebrity Estates – Not Immune from the Trials and Tribulations of Estate Planning and Litigation

With TIFF in full swing, celebrity worship is in overdrive. However, celebrities also deal with the mundane and there is often nothing glamorous about their estates. In fact, like the rest of us mere mortals, celebrities do not have a lock on getting things right. So often, there is so…

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As (More and More) Time Goes By…

It’s that time of year when we are once again reminded of how quickly time flies.  The start of school signals the end of yet another summer.  And it doesn’t just signal the onset of shorter days and colder weather, but it also reminds us that soon we will be…

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Fraudulent Conveyances and Your Estate

It is well known that Ontario testators enjoy the freedom to distribute their estates as they wish (provided their statutory obligations are met); however, the recent case of RBC v. Scarborough, 2019 ONSC 3369, reminds readers to be cognizant of the impact of debts and liabilities upon those who may…

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