All About Estates

Category: Executors

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Removing and Replacing An Incapable Estate Trustee

Andrew Coates, Associate, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP Betty Laidlaw contributed an informative two-part series in 2023 regarding “What Happens If Something Happens to Your Executor?” In the second part, Betty explained the process for the alternate executor named in a Will making an application for a Certificate of Appointment of…

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YOU ARE HIRED…WAIT, DID I EVEN APPLY?

This blog has been written by Sandra Arsenault, Law Clerk at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP No, you likely did not. Most people don’t apply to become an executor of an estate. An executor is responsible for administering the estate of a deceased person from the date of death until all…

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The Next Succession? Lessons from a family estate gone wrong…

Today’s blog was written by Karen La Caprara, Counsel, at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. This being my first All About Estates blog, I thought I would make it a personal one. So, as an introduction, I decided that I would share my family experience that contributed to my decision to…

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There’s a New Form for That – Form 74G Renunciation and Consent

It seems as though the estate court forms and court rules are always changing. It is important to be aware of these changes when filing probate applications in Ontario. Today’s blog will explore the new Form 74G Renunciation and Consent, and provide some practical tips and considerations to help navigate…

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Estate & GST/HST Clearance Certificate

Section 270 of the Excise Tax Act (the “ETA“) requires a legal representative of an estate to apply for a GST/HST clearance certificate. This is to obtain confirmation that all outstanding GST/HST owing has been paid and satisfied prior to the final distribution of the deceased’s assets. Indeed, if the…

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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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Examination of non-parties

Production of documentary evidence and examinations are key parts of the litigation process as a matter proceeds towards trial. In some cases, an applicant may wish to examine non-parties, in addition to the opposing litigants. In an estates context, these can include family members of the deceased, accountants or solicitors…

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Burials in Rural Ontario – Make Sure You Plan for Interment Rights

As planners working with elderly clients and their families, we encourage people to plan their lives until the end of life and document their wishes for the care of their body after death. People often express their wish to return to a rural community for burial. However, since the COVID…

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Administering an Estate: A Marathon of Responsibilities

We had a Zoom call with our adult children a few weekends ago. We talked about our son’s engagement, as our daughter hadn’t yet heard the details of how he had proposed. We also talked about our daughter’s recent 5K run at the Toronto Zoo and how it compared to…

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Will Challenges and Limitation Periods: Court of Appeal Weighs In

The question of whether will challenges fall under the standard two-year limitation period has long been a topic of consideration in lower courts[1]. Does the limitation clock start ticking at the date of death, upon discovering the existence of another will, or when there is knowledge of both the existence and content of another will? The Court of Appeal has finally spoken on the issue … well, sort of.

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