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Category: Wills

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Where There is a Will, There is a Way

This post is a culmination of the works of various members of Fasken LLP. Have you ever thought to yourself, “I wish I knew the basics of Will formalities in other provinces”?  In this post, we hope to expand our horizons beyond Ontario to provide a brief overview of the…

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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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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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Frivolous Notices of Objection Can be Struck Out

Counsel faced with responding to frivolous objections to an application for a certificate of appointment of estate trustee may wish to consider rule 25.11 of the Rules of Civil Procedure. Rule 25.11 allows the court to strike out (all or part of) a pleading, without leave to amend, on the…

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Accommodating Beneficiaries of a Will With Differing Gender Identities

Accommodating Beneficiaries With Differing Gender Identities Our society is becoming increasingly attuned to accommodating the needs of people who have various gender identities, whether such people are transgender, queer, or do not identify as one specific gender. For example, Ontario announced a few years ago that its residents can use…

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ALEXA? How do I access my online account? Administering Estates in a Digital Age

This Blog was written by: Alicia Godin, Estate and Trust Consultant, Scotiatrust  Amidst the current landscape, many of us are self-isolating at home and finding ways to entertain ourselves. Often, this means relying more heavily on social media and digital technology. Many of us have adapted our typical business practices…

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Master the ETDL Appointment

Estate Trustees During Litigation are appointed in a wide variety of situations where a neutral party is needed to administer and preserve the estate assets. The bar for their appointment is lower than to remove an estate trustee.

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The Risky Business of Updating your Will in the Time of COVID-19

This blog was written by Paula Lester – Estate and Trust Consultant with Scotia Wealth Management It’s the irony of today’s situation: more and more individuals are turning their minds to their estate plans in light of our current pandemic, but getting new Wills drafted and executed right now has…

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COVID-19: Virtual Witnessing of Wills and POAs Now Allowed

It is no surprise that many people are contemplating their own mortalities during the COVID-19 pandemic and wish to make a will. However, the existing laws are particularly unsuited to making wills in a time of social distancing; it will usually be impossible or unsafe to have two people witness…

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Estate Planning in a Pandemic: No Easy Solutions

This Blog was written by Suzanna Walter, Estate and Trust Consultant with Scotia Wealth Management It is not surprising that in a pandemic many people are very concerned about their estate plan.  This blog will focus on making a valid Will. In Canada each province and territory has its own…

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