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Could a “non-human person” ever be a beneficiary of a will?

Today’s blog comes to you from Student-at-Law, Demetre Vasilounis. In 2013, the Government of India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests ignited a discussion in the international legal community by deciding to prohibit dolphinariums as well as any enterprise that involves the import or capture of cetacean species (dolphins, whales, porpoises) for the…

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Will we ever leave Neverland alone?

This blog was written by Aathiya Bala, Associate Estate and Trust Consultant with Scotia Wealth Management “Leaving Neverland” is HBO’s newest documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25th, 2019. In this documentary, two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck allege they experienced years of sexual abuse…

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Some Suggestions on Evaluating Undue Influence in the Court of Public Opinion

In recent weeks, Canadian politics has been rocked by the so-called “SNC-Lavalin Scandal.” One of the allegations has been whether former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould was pressured or unduly influenced by the Prime Minister’s Office to resolve the corruption and fraud case against SNC-Lavalin in an effort to spare the…

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Two Isn’t Always Better Than One: The Perils of Joint Accounts

This blog was written by Lara Besharat Earlier this month, a Toronto-based FinTech company launched a new feature for their app that aims to simplify the process of creating and maintaining a joint account. The app allows for joint accounts to be created and managed entirely via your mobile device,…

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Lights, Camera, Estates!

The Oscars are on Sunday, and I think we can all agree that the best movies always revolve around estates and trusts. Just look at the plot of my favourite Best Picture nominee this year: After an eventful career and life, the family patriarch suddenly passes away. Heartbroken and feeling…

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Broken Resolutions, New Opportunities

Let’s be honest, you’ve already broken your New Year’s Resolution. But even though it’s January 24th, we haven’t missed the boat. January is a time for new opportunities, so why not target Chinese New Year on February 5th? Look at us! Embracing other cultures and being our best selves! Here…

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Estate Planning for Pets

Today’s blog was written by K. Thomas Grozinger, LL.B, C.S., TEP[1] Principal Trust Specialist, Professional Practice Group RBC Estate & Trust Services Will the holiday season bring a new pet into the family scene? Pets are often considered part of the family, with one survey suggesting that almost 20% of…

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Dead People Who Make More Money Than You

Imagine this – You’re front row center in your red leather jacket. The King of Pop is thrilling the crowd. He moonwalks so close to your seat that you can touch him. But you can’t. It’s a Michael Jackson hologram. You spent half your paycheck to watch a hologram perform….

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Unjust Enrichment – The Supreme Court’s Naughty List

They see you when you’re sleeping, they know when you’re awake. They’re ready to decide if you’ve been unjustly enriched, so be good for goodness sake. The Supreme Court of Canada is coming to town. The Supreme Court of Canada in their festive/ceremonial robes [Not pictured – Santa Claus]  …

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Requirement to File a Tax Return Expanded

As written previously, the requirement to file a tax return for trusts has been expanded. Thanks to new legislation, there are now exceptions to the exception to file. Generally speaking, a trust (other than a trust established by law or judgment) that is resident in Canada must file a tax…

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