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When Your Property Is Not Really Your Property

This blog post is co-written with Fatima Husnain, student-at-law at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. You might assume that all of the aspects of land within your property line belong to you, but that may not be the case. A recent British Columbia case, Douglas Lake Cattle Company v Nicola Valley…

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Grateful…

This blog was written by Teresa Acs – Director, Professional Development & Process Excellence With Thanksgiving right around the corner, which nicely slides into the season of gift giving, I thought I would selfishly use this Blog to thank my colleagues. I got this idea at my local Starbucks (thank…

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Gift of Ecologically Sensitive Lands and the Carryover period for charitable donation deduction

In Yellow Point Lodge Ltd. v, The Queen DTC 1130, the Company owned certain lands on Vancouver Island, mostly undeveloped and in its natural state. In June 2008, the Company granted a covenant and other specified legal interests with respect to a parcel of ecologically-sensitive land, to two organizations, with…

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Anti-Lapse Provisions May Also Be Anti-Intent

Today’s blog was written by Demetre Vasilounis, Associate at Fasken LLP. One of the most important things that estate lawyers aim for when drafting a will for their client is to avoid an outcome that is contrary to their client’s testamentary intent. There are many instances where a will is…

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Avoiding Common Pitfalls with Beneficiary Designations

This blog was written by Isabelle Cadotte – Estate and Trust Consultant with Scotia Wealth Management Beneficiary designations on registered accounts and pension plans (RRSPs, RRIFs, TFSAs, etc.) and life insurance policies are a double-edged sword when it comes to estate planning. They are simple to implement – a designation…

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Another New Year. Another New Start

Today is the first day of the Jewish New Year, another fresh start for those who celebrate. For many who may not attend synagogue, it may still be recognized and celebrated with family sitting down together for a festive dinner. Traditions continue and are past down from generation to generation….

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Inclusion of Life Insurance loan in Income

In Neszt v. The Queen 2019 DTC 1105, the taxpayer held two life insurance policies with a life insurance company. He subsequently took personal loans against his life insurance policies. The amount of each such loan was greater than the adjusted cost base of each policy, (being the sum of…

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The Time of Your Life (Interest)

I was recently asked about the tax implications of creating a life interest in real property. When I use the term “life interest” in this context I am not referring to a typical scenario in which a property is transferred to trustees and held in a trust, the terms of…

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Grammar saves lives

  In this week’s blog I’m going to try to do the impossible; make syntax and legal drafting interesting. Why? One comma can be the difference between life and death. It’s the difference between: Let’s eat Grandma! and Let’s eat, Grandma! Legalese, not so easy In the context of an…

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Difference Between a POA and an SDM

Written by Fatima Husnain, student-at-law at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP Prior to law school, I worked in a hospital inpatient mental health unit. Many of the patients were unable to make their own health care decisions and relied upon other individuals to make decisions on their behalf. If anyone had…

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