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When Parent and Child have a Joint Bank Account: Who Receives Funds upon Parent’s Death?

This blog has been written by Lily MacLeod [Associate] at Fasken LLP It is common for an elderly parent to set up a joint bank account with their adult child. This enables the child to help manage the parent’s finances freely and efficiently (either as the parent’s attorney for property…

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Wish lists are for more than just the holiday season

This blog has been written by Mohena Singh [Associate] at Fasken LLP As we near the new year and reflect on another holiday season, many of us may have used this time to spend with family and friends or catch up on some much needed rest and recovery. This time…

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Latest Draft National Standards for LTC

I spent much time yesterday reading the National Standard of Canada guidelines from the Health Standards Organization draft report on developing new standards for Long Term Care. This draft document is titled “Long-Term Care Services” (CAN/HSO 21001:2022).  I also read the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star articles nicely packaged…

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Does This Sound Familiar?

Son:     Mom, turn a light on, it’s getting dark outside. Mom:   It’s ok, I’ll just sit here in the dark.   Son:     Mom, it’s cold and raining outside.  I will call a taxi for you. Mom:   It’s senior’s day at Shoppers, I will take the bus.   Son:     Now that…

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Adult Dependent Children: ‘Grown ups’ who need support on a lifelong basis

We are living longer- everyone is.  Over the last few months I have seen an increase in referrals by older adults who are doing their estate planning AND need to  ensure care and financial arrangements are in place for their adult dependent offspring. My legal and trust colleagues can describe…

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The medical expense tax credit: COVID-19 tests and vaccines

With the requirements for COVID-19 tests for entry into Canada and vaccines, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) was asked to comment on the availability of the medical expense tax credit (METC). Medical expenses which are eligible for the METC are limited to those described in our tax rules. If a…

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Thank You Carers

May is National Caregivers Month. Now more than ever, the challenge of being a caregiver feels more of a ‘challenge’ than any other word that I can think of. It can be joyful, rewarding, an honor, an opportunity and an obligation. Caregivers come in all shapes and sizes and age….

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Mom Loved You More

My fellow blogger recently wrote about family meetings and estate planning.  There has been much written on the importance of power of attorney documents, who gets named, their responsibility and conflicts that have arisen as a result thereof. While the focus of most disputes has to do with money and the…

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Personal Support Workers (PSW)- an undervalued, underappreciated and a very tough job to boot.

But for many seniors, their  PSW becomes their best and closest support person. One of the major contributing factors to the  poor conditions typically found within Long Term Care has been the shortage of Personal Support Workers.  Simply not enough qualified hands to do the needed and necessary work of…

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January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

There has been so much going on that you may not know that January is Alzheimers Awareness month. Covid has taken over as the lead medical concern world wide. However I feel it important to recognize another major health issue that impacts many of us – which is dementia. I…

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