All About Estates

Caregiver Awareness Month – A Perfect Storm is Brewing

May is National Caregiver Month in Canada and with the spotlight on caregiving, a perfect storm is brewing. Caregivers glue together our fragmented health care and social care services. They provide the majority of care as well. Did you know that more health care occurs in the home than elsewhere?…

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Transfers to a corporation can be costly. Beware of corporate attribution.

Part III – Corporate Attribution This blog post has been written by Pritika Deepak, Associate at Fasken LLP. This is the last part of a three-part blog series which provides a high level overview of the attribution rules contained in the Income Tax Act (Canada)[1] (the “Act”). Part I, which…

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Who better to weigh in on the impact of the recent federal budget than a philosophy major?

I’ve nominated myself to provide you with two highlights from last week’s federal budget announcement, and before I get into the nitty gritty, I provide you with a summary of my qualifications for undertaking this task. My undergraduate studies took a rather meandering path through geography, political science, a few…

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When Will an Estate Trustee Be Personally Liable for Costs?

In Herold Estate v. Curve Lake First Nation, the Court of Appeal for Ontario varied a costs award to provide that an estate trustee be personally liable for costs. In July 2014, the Estate of William Albin Herald (the “Estate”) commenced an application claiming ownership of certain islands in the…

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Incomplete and Unprocessed Beneficiary Designation Held Valid

Anna Chen, Associate, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP In the recent decision, The Estate of William Harper,[1] the Court was asked to determine whether a two page beneficiary designation form that was missing its first page (the page on which the account number would be indicated) and not processed by the…

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Guardianship Applications: Evaluating Decision-Making Capacity of Minors Who Are Soon to Become Adults

Nathan Spaling (my colleague from the Capacity Clinic) and I are often asked to conduct capacity assessments in the context of guardianship applications. On occasion, the application is brought by a parent seeking to be appointed as the guardian of property for a child who is about to become an…

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Can solicitor-client privilege protect estate trustees from claims brought by beneficiaries?

Today’s Blog was written by Mohena Singh, Associate at Fasken LLP. As estate planners, we are regularly engaged by individuals who are acting as estate trustees. This role can often be a long endeavour as it could take several years to administer an estate. During an administration, estate trustees are…

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But We Had a Deal – Overview of the Law on Motions to Enforce a Settlement

Generally, many of the estate litigation cases we see settle before the hearing of the application or before the matter proceeds to trial. However, quite often, minutes of settlement are not executed at the time an agreement is reached. Indeed, cases are sometimes resolved late in the evening or there…

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Trust Lending to a Beneficiary

There may be instances where a beneficiary has an immediate need to access funds held in trust yet, the terms of the trust prevent the trustees from proceeding with an income or capital distribution to such beneficiary. In such a situation, if the deed of trust grants the right to…

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April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

April is Parkinson’s Awareness month. Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s that affects the brain and cognitive function. While care management for Alzheimer’s and other dementias often gets more visibility, Parkinson’s disease can be just as complex to manage. With an aging population, the incidence…

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