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The New Dope- For Seniors and It’s Legal

Psst, what do you know about….. Mary Jane, Jay, Doobie, Weed, Pot, Grass, Dope, Ganja,Herb, Aunt Mary, Skunk, Boom, Roach…… about cannabis? Despite many in the population having used (medical) marijuana for a number of years to soothe a variety of conditions from migraines to anxiety to cancer, recently legal…

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Seriously Delinquent: The IRS Can Have Your Passport Seized for Not Paying Taxes

Guest written by Demetre Vasilounis, Student-at-Law For those with assets in, or some other connection to, the United States, it is important to take note of the fact that the country’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has gained one more tool to enforce tax liabilities on taxpayers. That tool is the…

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Cambria? Calibri? Does The Font Matter?

I read an article about quite an amusing case recently. An executive went to great lengths to shield his properties from creditors. In “1995” a declaration was executed purporting to establish a trust for the executive’s Muskoka cottage and in “2004” a declaration was executed purporting to establish a trust…

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How to Effectively use Trusts in Estate Planning for Blended Families

How to Effectively use Trusts in Estate Planning for Blended Families[1] You may recall I previously blogged about Common Pitfalls in Estate Planning for Blended Families. In this blog post, I will discuss considerations when using trusts in estate planning for blended families. Trusts are a useful tool in the…

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Time to Update Your General Power of Attorney for Property

This blog was written by Sally Lee, LLB – Estate and Trust Consultant with Scotia Wealth Management.  Some readers may ask the question, what’s the difference between a General Power of Attorney for Property (“GPOAP”) versus a Continuing or Enduring Power of Attorney for Property (“CPOAP”)?  To be completely honest,…

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Coming to an Estates Court Near You?

When one year ends and a new one begins, it is common to look ahead and make predictions about what may be in store in the coming year. In that vein, the decision of Del Frate J. in S.H. v D.H., ONSC 4506, caught my eye. Although the decision is…

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Glad to be a day older…..

As we wind down 2018 and look forward to 2019, I always ask myself ‘where did the time go?’ I don’t really know because I am sure like many of you, I don’t feel much older than I did last year or the year before. I think we notice that…

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Does Charity Data Matter?

What role do data and metrics play when we make charitable donations? Often very little. And that, in certain cases, is a good thing. This was brought home to me twice recently. First, at the 40th Annual Toronto Star Christmas Carol Concert in early December and then by an estate…

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New Year, New You: A Retrospective of “Self-Improvement” Will Conditions

Today’s blog was co-written with Demetre Vasilounis, Student at Law at Fasken LLP. As a new year approaches, people often take a moment to reflect on their lives over the past year and determine ways in which they could have improved themselves. Some may try to realize such improvements through…

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‘Twas The Night Before Probate

‘Twas the night before probate, when all through the court, Not a lawyer was stirring, not even for a tort, The executors advertised for creditors with care, In the hopes that distant relatives would remain unaware, The beneficiaries were nestled, with comfort in their gifts, But the judge said the…

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