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Category: Estate Planning

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Are wills an essential service?

Every COVID-19 day we seem to learn a new phrase.  Not so long ago we discovered “social distancing”, and this week it is “essential services”.  The list of services and businesses that we can’t do without varies by province, but most include financial and professional services, including lawyers.  Wills are…

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Time to Refreeze: Redux

The freezing of current share value so that your chosen successors can easily participate in the future growth of your enterprise is a common estate planning technique. What if the value of the frozen shares now exceeds the value of the enterprise as a whole? I wrote about this sometime…

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We Are Not Fortune Tellers But….

Today’s blog is being brought to you by guest blogger, Krista Brown, a law clerk in the Private Client Services group of Fasken LLP. The year 2020 has proven to be quite challenging thus far. It is a test and a reminder of the importance of our job as estate…

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Leaving a Lasting Impression and Making a Difference

Today’s blog is being brought to you by guest blogger, Jennifer Campbell, a law clerk in the Private Client Services group of Fasken LLP. When a celebrity dies, outside of the cause of death, it seems the first thing that is reported is what their net worth was at the…

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Actions Have Consequences – They May Sever Joint Tenancy

Leaving aside other means of severance, including that which occurs on bankruptcy or by judicial sale, there are three main ways to sever a joint tenancy: Unilaterally acting on one’s own share, such as selling or encumbering it; A mutual agreement between the co-owners to sever the joint tenancy; and…

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Estates Law and Privacy Law: An Incomplete Intersection (Part II)

This is the second entry in a three-part blog series about the current state of estates law vis-à-vis privacy law. Part I focused on the relevant federal and provincial privacy legislation. Part II will examine significant court decisions relating to this area. Part III will look at solutions for lawyers…

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The Use of Primary, Secondary, Tertiary, Quaternary etc. Wills in Estate Planning

Today’s blog is being brought to you by guest blogger, Fatima Husnain, Articling Student at Fasken LLP. The use of multiple wills in estate planning is not a new concept for estate practitioners. To explain briefly, multiple wills are often created as an estate administration tax (“probate tax”) planning mechanism….

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A Taxing Decision for Estate Planners

This Blog was written by Mélina Konzak, Estate and Trust Consultant, Scotiatrust  Like most new case law delivered right before the holiday season, the decision rendered by the Superior Court judgment of The Estate of Caron v. Malenfant appeared at first to be swept under the rug. However being the controversial…

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TOSI and the estate planning – pension splitting

The pension splitting exception will allow a spouse who is 65 years of age to split income with his or her spouse or common law partner if the split income would be an excluded amount of the spouse who is 65 years old. These deeming provisions provide an opportunity to…

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Clash of the Limitation Periods

The Limitations Act, 2002, SO 2002, c 24, Sch B, brought order and clarity to limitation periods in Ontario. However, the Limitations Act did not displace all existing limitation periods established by statute. The Limitations Act carves out several exceptions, including the Real Property Limitations Act, RSO 1990, c L.15…

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