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Surprise…More Big Changes Coming to Estate Administration

Today’s blog was written by Sandra Arsenault, Law Clerk at Fasken LLP “Change is the only constant” – Heraclitus. How is it possible that in one of the most traditional areas of law we are about to see even more big changes come into effect? Just as we get used…

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Don’t let your favourite TV show fool you…

Today’s blog was written by Courtney Lanthier, law clerk at Fasken LLP I was watching a show recently where, when a character passed away, he left his family a video message that included how he wanted to divide his estate. As someone who recently started drafting wills and working through…

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Powers of Attorney for Property: Implications of Obtaining a Formal Capacity Assessment

Have you ever had this train of thought: ‘what happens now that X is losing capacity? Do I, as the appointed attorney for property, start acting gradually, as needed, or do I obtain a capacity assessment? What are the implications of obtaining versus not obtaining a capacity assessment, particularly when…

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Tips on Bringing a Passing of Accounts Application – Part 4

Today’s blog will provide some points to consider when preparing or responding to a notice of objection to accounts (the “Notice of Objection”).  This is a continuation of my series of blogs related to bringing an application to pass accounts (the “Passing Application”).[1] How Does a Beneficiary Object? If a…

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Tips on Bringing a Passing of Accounts Application – Part 3

Today’s blog is a continuation of my series[1] on bringing an application to pass accounts (the “Passing Application”).[2]  After the hearing date is set with the court office and the notice of application issued, the next step is to serve the beneficiaries.  The beneficiaries then have an opportunity to review…

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And then there was more…

Typical advice to an executor would outline his or her duties, explain how to go about completing them, and then would end with a statement something along the lines of “and then your job as an executor will be complete”.  And we all know that the role of an executor…

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The Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company v. Rogers: A Recent Consideration of the Criminal Forfeiture Rule

This blog was written by Meghan Carlin, summer student at Fasken LLP. While the law in Canada on the criminal forfeiture rule (or the “slayer rule”) is generally well understood, questions about next steps in the administration of estates where the primary beneficiary has been disentitled may be more difficult…

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Tips on Bringing a Passing of Accounts Application – Part 2

In my blog Tips on Bringing a Passing of Accounts Application of March 5, 2021, I provided suggestions on preparing the accounts and drafting the court required documents when bringing an application to pass accounts (the “Passing Application”).[1]  In  today’s blog, I will share some tips on the next steps in…

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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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