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The $100 Million Executor Fee: Unexpected but not Unreasonable

This blog was written by Paula Lester – Estate and Trust Consultant with Scotia Wealth Management When the four executors of Leona Helmsley’s $5 billion estate asked for payment of $100 million for their services, it was touted as being astronomical by the challenging Attorney General. Still, Manhattan Surrogate’s Court…

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Homicide in Ontario LTC Homes

Readers in Ontario are likely familiar with Elizabeth Tracy Mae Wettlaufer, a former registered nurse, who confessed to murdering eight senior citizens and attempting to murder six others in southwestern Ontario long term care (LTC) homes between 2007 and 2016. Following her criminal conviction, the province of Ontario established a…

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The Jeffrey Epstein “Plot” Thickens…Last Will and Testament Signed 2 Days Prior to Death!

Jeffrey Epstein (“Epstein”) signed a will just 2 days before he was found dead in his jail cell, raising new queries about his final days inside the Manhattan Correctional Centre, where he was awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking and conspiracy charges. This new development adds to what is likely…

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Embryo Freezing Costs: Medical Expense Tax Credit Extended to Same Sex Couples.

The Income Tax Act (“ITA”) generally permits as an eligible medical expense of an individual, an amount paid to a medical practitioner, dentist, or nurse or a public or licensed private hospital for medical or dental services provided to a patient. Medical services are diagnostic, therapeutic or rehabilitative services that…

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Disproportionate Inheritance? WESA to the Rescue

This blog was written by Aathiya Bala, Associate Estate and Trust Consultant with Scotia Wealth Management   Nahar and Nihal Litt arrived from India in 1964 with modest beginnings. The couple worked tireless hours building their family’s farm business estate for decades. Their children, who were between the ages of…

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The Space Between First and Second Families

Neil Armstrong’s first and second family have competing visions for his legacy and administration of his estate.

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Neuroimaging and Capacity

Neuroimaging and Dementia
Technology has increasingly allowed us to peek into the brain, and medical professionals, scientists, lawyers, and laypeople increasingly form opinions of what these images tell us. When it comes to understanding the human mind, humans are more likely to trust brain imaging data as more authoritative and credible than behavioural data.

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Revival Trusts: Dead on Arrival?

This blog was written by Lara Besharat Benjamin Franklin famously wrote that “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” A hundred and seventy-eight years later, the Alcor Life Extension Foundation undertook to disprove this generally accepted inevitability. In 1967, James Bedford became the first person to be…

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Blind Trusts and Fireworks

  “My assets are huge, just huge. If I had to put them into a blind trust, it would be the blindest trust of all time. You would have to stare directly into a solar eclipse to achieve the blindness of my trust.” – President Donald Trump (but not really)…

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Happy Birthday: Our Updated Federal Dementia Strategy

A few weeks ago  there was an announcement  that the Federal health minister earmarked $50 million over 5 years to support our new dementia strategy.  You may recall that the National Strategy for Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias Act was passed in June 2017, which at that time, was a…

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