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Video Conferencing Courtroom Etiquette – Three Simple Steps

This Blog was written by Emily Racine, Estate and Trust Consultant with Scotia Wealth Management These days we are all finding creative ways of adapting our lives to the new normal. COVID-19 has changed the landscape of all businesses, including the legal profession. With social distancing rules in place, and…

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Crisis in LTC: Worse Than We Imagined

On May 26, 2020 the most horrible report detailing conditions at several Long Term Care facilities written by the Canadian Armed Forces was released. The Army was asked to assist in the five LTCs in Ontario that had a very high death rate. They included: Orchard Villa (Pickering); Altamont (Scarborough); Eatonville…

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Virtual Will Signings and Access to Justice: Do Social Distancing Measures in Estate Law Help Everyone?

This Blog was written by Emily Racine, Estate and Trust Consultant with Scotia Wealth Management COVID-19 has changed the landscape in almost all aspects of our day to day lives. This includes the practice of estate law. With so many vulnerable individuals looking to complete their estate plan in the…

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COVID-19: Moving Past Quill and Ink to Use New Technology

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic there is a risk that some litigation may stall. There are many skeptics to technological workarounds to conduct matters remotely. However, the perfect cannot be the enemy of the good and we cannot simply pause litigation until the pandemic is over. In Arconti v. Smith,…

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How to Provide for Your Island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons After Your Death: Part I

This is a three-part blog series that seeks to explore the manner in which one can conduct estate planning with respect to their copy of the popular 2020 Nintendo Switch video game Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Part I will discuss the importance of this topic and describe the applicability of…

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Home Buyer’s Plan and Disabled Family Member

In a recent blog, I wrote about the availability of Home Buyer’s Plan (HBP) to an individual after the death of her spouse who purchased the matrimonial home. In a recent Technical Interpretation (2019-0819671E5, D. Odubella), the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) was asked by a taxpayer to review the availability…

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Have you had the conversation yet?

It seems as though my last few blogs have all started off with a report on COVID-19 in Long Term Care residences and the number of residents who have died. As of Sunday, May 2, 2020 there are now 170 long term care residences which have outbreaks and 954 confirmed…

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Reflections From the COVID-19 Frontline

Dr. Shulman reflects on his experiences with COVID-19 in the Seniors Mental Health Unit at Mississauga Hospital.

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Thoughts on Litigating in a Pandemic

We are now several weeks into self-isolation, physical distancing, and working from home. Litigating is certainly not top of mind for most people. Moreover, the courts are operating under a limited schedule and will continue restricting the number of matters moving forward well into the summer (jury trials, for example,…

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Had A Henson Trust Been Created? Tribunal Was Not Convinced

Individuals can apply for support through government disability programs such as the Ontario Disability Support Program (“ODSP”) subject to maximums for levels of assets and income. For a single adult with no dependents applying under the ODSP the asset limit is currently $40,000. The OSDP regulations prescribe how assets are…

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