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Personality Rights…From Beyond the Grave!

Who owns the rights to a celebrity’s image after death? Do these rights pass automatically to the celebrity’s estate? How are these rights protected?

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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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CPP: TO DEFER OR NOT DEFER

For several years now, clients and contacts (with more frequency of late, and that’s no accident) have been asking me: “Hey Steve, I am turning 65 shortly, do I apply for CPP now or do I wait – what makes more sense financially” Based on analysis provided by experts in…

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Cats, the T.S. Eliot Estate and the Gift that May Save the Brontes’ House

Earlier this year, my colleague Justin de Vries blogged about the post-mortem release of dueling love letters from T.S. Eliot and his friend/inamorata Emily Hale. However, there is now a happier news story regarding the impact of Mr. Eliot from beyond the grave. The Bronte Parsonage, in England, is a…

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Third Party Appeals of Healthcare Decisions

As reported in the media[i] [ii] [iii], Nova Scotia’s appeals court recently heard a case involving a woman who is trying to stop her husband from receiving medical assistance in dying (MAiD). The woman is appealing a lower court decision that rejected her request for an interlocutory injunction against her…

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Friday August 21, 2020 was World Senior Citizen’s Day. So What?

World Senior Citizen’s Day was originally founded by former president Ronald Regan in 1988. The goal of this day is to remind  various governments of its “ commitment to support senior citizens of the country”.  Well, I don’t think we have done very well… Dr. Samir Sinha wrote an article…

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SOME TAX TIPS IN THE COVID ERA

Our epidemiologists and public heath officers are warning us gently that the dreaded virus will be with us for awhile. Nevertheless, we are all hoping that our economy will recover soon (and to some extent our financial markets have), but it appears asset values in general may be depressed for…

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Estate Planning for the Family Cottage

Much has been written in this blog space and many others on this topic. Several times a year (in some years more often than others), we are asked in our practice about to advise on succession or estate planning issues for the family cottage. I was recently alerted to a…

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Family = >Essential Visitors

This weekend I enjoyed  a wonderful homemade dinner at the home of some close friends  and it felt ‘normal’ – a life we enjoyed and took for granted before Covid. I am fortunate in so many ways and one was not living with the angst  of not being able to…

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LIFE INSURANCE IN THE COVID-19 ERA

As someone who has been around the life insurance industry in a professional and personal capacity for several decades, I am always curious about what motivates people to buy or not buy life insurance. I understand that few people spend time thinking about the consequences of low-probability events and are…

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