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Tag: Alicia Godin

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Can a trustee demand financial information from a beneficiary?

This Blog was written by: Alicia Mossington (Godin), Estate and Trust Consultant, Scotia Wealth Management  A trustee is responsible for carrying out the terms of a trust. Choosing the right trustee is essential to the success of any estate plan but it is also incredibly helpful to give them tools and…

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Attorneys Gone Bad: Fraud and the Power of Attorney for Property

This Blog was written by: Alicia Mossington (Godin), Estate and Trust Consultant, Scotia Wealth Management “Fraud is the most frequently reported banking issue across all age groups.”[1] In 2021 more than 100,000 cases of fraud were reported by the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre with over $380 million dollars lost.[2] These numbers only…

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Til’ Death Do Us Part? The Impact of Marriage on Estate Planning

This Blog was written by: Alicia Mossington (Godin), Estate and Trust Consultant, Scotia Wealth Management My colleagues have written several recent articles on capacity. “Capacity” is an interesting area of law and the test for capacity differs radically depending on the subject and setting. Testamentary capacity or capacity to make a…

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Powers of Attorney: Whose Decision Is It Anyway?

This Blog was written by: Alicia Mossington (Godin), Estate and Trust Consultant, Scotia Wealth Management Is your caregiver the best person to make financial and property related decisions for you? Should these roles be filled by different people with unique skill sets? Will your caregiver respect the input and decisions of…

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A Royal Estate

This Blog was written by: Alicia Mossington (Godin), Estate and Trust Consultant, Scotia Wealth Management  Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was born on June 10th, 1921 and passed away on April 9th 2021, at the age of 99. The Duke was born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark but abandoned these…

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The Slayer Law in Canada Part II: Beneficiaries Gone Bad

This Blog was written by: Alicia Mossington (Godin), Estate and Trust Consultant, Scotia Wealth Management  In December this author wrote about the common law forfeiture laws, colloquially known as “Slayer Law”, which precludes an individual from deriving a benefit from their own “morally culpable conduct.” In the context of the testator-beneficiary relationship,…

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Personhood and RBG

This Blog was written by: Alicia Godin, Estate and Trust Consultant, Scotia Wealth Management If you are frequent visitor to All About Estates, you can likely appreciate the importance of a well-prepared estate plan. The cornerstone of the estate plan is the Last Will and Testament. Many contributors to this…

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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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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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Providing for Beneficiaries living with Addictions and Substance Abuse

This Blog was written by: Alicia Godin, Estate and Trust Consultant, Scotiatrust  I recently had the opportunity to participate in the estate planning process for two sets of clients facing similar challenges. Both clients are in their mid to late 60’s, and they each have two children. It was their…

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