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Whose Land Is It Anyways? Friends of Toronto Public Cemeteries v. Mount Pleasant Group of Cemeteries

In a recent decision that pitted a Toronto citizens’ group against cemetery operators, Justice Dunphy found that the cemeteries were publically owned, required public oversight, and were operating beyond the terms of the trust that govern the cemeteries. In 1826, a group sought to buy land to create a non-denominational…

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Trust Filing Deadlines and Penalties

With a new year is upon us it is important to keep in mind the various filing deadlines for trusts and estates (a trust). Generally, a trust has to file an annual income tax and information return (T3) if the trust earns income or makes annual distributions. The T3 along…

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The ‘D’ word we don’t talk about- enough

Delirium: At this time of year many of us, regardless of age, can get the flu. Unfortunately for seniors, the flu can be particularly dangerous- for a number of reasons – Pneumonia – Dehydration – Greater falls risk with weakness – Body weakness and – Delirium- the topic of today’s…

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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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Canadian Donation Incentives Explained

Generous but Complex and Opaque Canada has the most generous tax incentives for charitable giving in the world, but few Canadians understand what they save and how the system works. Why the paradox?  Here’s a longer-than-usual blog providing an overview for your future reference. For starters, it is helpful to…

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Changes in the Estates World in 2019

All of us at AllAboutEstates hope you had a happy new year and will have an equally happy 2019. As we start the new year, here are some changes estate litigators should be aware about as well as some upcoming developments. The Rules of Civil Procedure have been amended (the changes…

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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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Year End Wishes for Changes to Care for Patients with Dementia

Health Quality Ontario, in collaboration with clinical experts, patients, residents, and caregivers across the province, is developing quality standards for care providers in Ontario. I participated in developing the quality standard: Behavioural Symptoms of Dementia: Care for Patients in Hospitals and Residents in Long-Term Care Homes. This quality standard focuses…

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New Year, New Estate Plan

It’s that time of year again – the holidays are coming to a close. As the festivities wind up, the new year brings a promise of renewal and a fresh start. Many people take the opportunity at this time of year to take stock of their lives, and their goals…

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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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