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Tips on Bringing a Passing of Accounts Application

In my first blog post (as a guest blogger), I wrote about what a law clerk is and what it is that we do.  In today’s blog I will expand on a task that an estate law clerk is frequently involved in – a court passing of accounts – and…

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Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) – An Update

Today marks a court-imposed deadline regarding legislative amendments to our laws on medical assistance in dying (“MAiD”). This topic, although heavy, has been important to me, particularly over the past year. As recently as the US election, someone close to me was scheduled for MAiD. As her date was approaching,…

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Section 16(b) of the Succession Law Reform Act: A Different Kind of Spousal Election

In Ontario, s. 15 of the Succession Law Reform Act (the “SLRA”) provides that a Will is revoked by a subsequent marriage of the testator. Practitioners who are meeting with a client in the weeks leading up to his or her marriage will often prepare a Will that contains a…

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Alter Ego and Joint Partner Trusts – Loss Utilization

Alter ego trusts (“AET”s)  and joint partner trusts (“JPT”s) have a deemed year end on the date of death of the last life interest beneficiary (the settlor for an AET and the last to die of the spouses for a JPT) resulting in the deemed disposition of certain property of…

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Welcome Changes in the Filing of Probate Applications

I would like to thank the estates law clerks in the Private Client Services group of Fasken for their contributions to this blog. This week, Attorney General Doug Downey (perhaps in the spirit of Thanksgiving) hinted at upcoming changes in the area of estates that would “manage the estate process…

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Feeling Like an Apostille Imposter

Today’s blog is being brought to you by guest blogger, Krista Brown, a law clerk in the Private Client Services group of Fasken LLP. Working with high net worth clients and their complex estates, I come across new terminology, challenges and scenarios each and every day, which keeps me engaged…

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“Unmasking” the Issues Facing Family Businesses

This post was contributed to by Maureen Berry and Demetre Vasilounis of Fasken. If there is one thing that 2020 has taught us, it is that the world as we know it is capable of changing overnight. While the COVID-19 pandemic has had immeasurable impacts on our economy, our interactions with…

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To DIY Or Not To DIY

Today’s blog is being brought to you by guest blogger, Jennifer Campbell, a law clerk in the Private Client Services group of Fasken LLP. I have been following the #MoneyMasterClass hosted by Gail Vaz-Oxlade, the former TV host of “Til Debt Do Us Part”, on Twitter since January 1, 2020. …

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We Are Not Fortune Tellers But….

Today’s blog is being brought to you by guest blogger, Krista Brown, a law clerk in the Private Client Services group of Fasken LLP. The year 2020 has proven to be quite challenging thus far. It is a test and a reminder of the importance of our job as estate…

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Some Things Are Not Forever!

Today’s blog was written by guest blogger, Giancarlo Mignardi, Articling Student at Fasken LLP. The rule against remoteness of vesting, more frequently referred to as the rule against perpetuities, is often viewed as one of the most notoriously difficult legal rules to apply. Its application presents such a challenge that,…

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