All About Estates

One Short Year Ago!

Today’s blog is being brought to you by guest blogger, Tracy Parkinson, law clerk in the Private Client Services group of Fasken LLP.

Thinking now back to what life was like a year ago, I’d say that we were living “footloose and fancy free” although it might not have felt like it at the time.  I can say for certain that if someone had told me that within a year the world would be dealing with a pandemic I would have thought they were crazy and laughed it off.

Now I think back to only weeks ago when we were bustling around getting to work, daycare, meetings, doctor appointments, etc., the streets were jam packed with cars and people, the transit systems were in full force and there was barely a mainstream virtual world to speak of!

Last year, All About Estates Blogs were being written about a variety of changes coming from the 2019 Budget, Autism Awareness Month, practice tips to avoid solicitor’s negligence, taxation of attorney compensation, National Advance Care Planning Day, challenges of long term health care facilities, among other things.

News headlines discussed the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max, Brexit negotiations, the SNC-Lavalin affair, the Mueller Report and Donald Trump (some things haven’t changed), Major League Baseball season opening, NHL playoffs began, among thousands of others.

Things have certainly changed.  We have changed.  Heck, we have changed legislation in a matter of weeks that has been in existence since before our birth and we have figured out ways to keep practices operating and clients serviced despite that we cannot leave our homes.  We have discovered the importance of human interaction, health, technology, the need for laws to be brought into the 21st century, to name a few.

Personally, I have learned many things over the last couple of months, including that being more paperless is possible, that there are “day pajamas” and “evening pajamas”, that I’m probably never going to clean my closet, and that everything can be ordered on line and delivered to your door.

“In the rush to return to normal,
use this time to consider which parts of normal
are worth rushing back to.”

About Maureen Berry
Maureen Berry is a partner in the Trusts, Wills, Estates and Charities group at Fasken. Maureen’s practice is focused on wills, estate planning, domestic and international trusts, private corporation taxation, and executive compensation. Maureen also advises charities and non-profit organizations. Working with Canadian and international families, firms, corporations and charitable organizations, she provides advice on all aspects of private client matters. She is a leading expert in the fields of tax law and estate planning. As an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, she teaches Advanced Estate Planning. Maureen has previously taught corporate tax and international tax at the University of Toronto and Western University, along with the Bar Admission course for up-and-coming lawyers.


  1. Simona

    April 24, 2020 - 2:34 pm

    Love your blog today!

  2. Malcolm Burrows

    April 24, 2020 - 4:49 pm

    Tracey – Very nice. Thank you. Malcolm

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