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Probate Points to Remember – A.K.A. Names and More

As I have prepared applications for certificates of appointment of estate trustee (“Probate Applications”) over the years, I have kept a list that I call “Probate Points to Remember”.  The purpose of this list is to remind me of how I have handled certain practical matters on Probate Applications.  In…

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The Airing of Grievances

Thanksgiving 2020 is a time for gratitude and togetherness. It’s a time for us to reflect on the craziness of these past 8 months and to appreciate the things that we have. For others, it’s a time to gather your family around and tell them all the ways they have…

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You’ve Got Mail – Part One

Learning that a loved one or friend who has passed away has left a gift for you in their Will, can be expected or in some cases, it can come as a surprise.  You may be entitled to either (i) a legacy which can be in the form of a…

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Road Testing your Estate Plan

This Blog was written by Suzanna Walter, Estate and Trust Consultant with Scotia Wealth Management On July 9, 2020, I wrote about the importance of road testing your incapacity plan. I would like to outline a similar road test for your Estate Plan. For most people the cornerstone of their…

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Multiple Wills Across Civil and Common-Law Systems; Estate Planning That Provides An Advantage To Clients Who Hold Assets In Ontario And Quebec

If structuring an estate plan across different Canadian jurisdictions didn’t raise enough considerations for an estate planner, add a different legal system to the mix, namely, Quebec’s civil law.  This post focuses on the estate-planning advantages available to clients who hold assets both in Ontario and Quebec, specifically the advantage…

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Survivorship Clauses in the Will

This Blog was written by: Gali Gelbart, Estate and Trust Consultant, Scotia Wealth Management  Survivorship clauses help ensure that the testator’s intentions are carried out, namely by preventing a gift under the will from falling into the beneficiary’s estate and incurring higher administration costs.  By specifying a minimum survival period…

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Gift Ideas for the Freshman in the Family

This Blog was written by: Alicia Godin, Estate and Trust Consultant, Scotia Wealth Management As we approach mid-August, many students (and parents) have turned their minds to the new school year. Although this year post-secondary education may look slightly different for many students with the switch to online learning, it…

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Estate Planning for the Family Cottage

Much has been written in this blog space and many others on this topic. Several times a year (in some years more often than others), we are asked in our practice about to advise on succession or estate planning issues for the family cottage. I was recently alerted to a…

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Divisional Court Appeals: Not The Place For New Issues

In Luck v. Hudson, 2020 ONSC 3811 (Div. Ct.), the Divisional Court confirmed that an appeal is not the time to raise new issues and seek directions regarding an estate. In this case, the deceased and his wife owned a house together jointly which then sold (it is not clear…

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To DIY Or Not To DIY

Today’s blog is being brought to you by guest blogger, Jennifer Campbell, a law clerk in the Private Client Services group of Fasken LLP. I have been following the #MoneyMasterClass hosted by Gail Vaz-Oxlade, the former TV host of “Til Debt Do Us Part”, on Twitter since January 1, 2020. …

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