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When exercising discretion, what factors should a Trustee of a discretionary trust take into account?

Maddi Thomas, Associate Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP Where a trust holds non-liquid assets that are to be distributed amongst multiple beneficiaries, how can the trustee ensure that their use of discretion was as fair, equitable, and diplomatic as possible? On a related note, when will a court interfere with a…

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Still Feeling Shook Up – Presley Family Back in the News

Last year, I wrote about the death of Lisa Marie Presley (“Lisa Marie”) and the resulting court battle between Riley Keough (“Riley”), Lisa Marie’s daughter and Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie’s mother[1]. Thankfully, that matter was resolved relatively quickly with Priscilla resigning as a trustee of Lisa Marie’s irrevocable trust, The…

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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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Trust Lending to a Beneficiary

There may be instances where a beneficiary has an immediate need to access funds held in trust yet, the terms of the trust prevent the trustees from proceeding with an income or capital distribution to such beneficiary. In such a situation, if the deed of trust grants the right to…

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New Arrival, New Will

Earlier this week, our group gathered to celebrate our colleague’s impending arrival of a new baby. It was a delightful occasion, with cake, presents, and well-wishes. Of course, conversation naturally turned to the preparations that our team member has made for her new addition. Parents-to-be typically spend a lot of…

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New Year, New Will – and Other Important Moments to Revisit Planning

Happy 2024  everyone! The start of a new year is often the impetus for individuals to revisit their estate plan.[1]  While this is a worthwhile exercise, it’s important to remember that there are several other key moments that may occur at any point during a given year that should give…

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Non-Resident and Rental Income – Not so Fast.

When a non-resident of Canada generates rental income from a Canadian rental property, the tenant (or agent for the non-resident) must withhold 25% of the gross rental payment (unless a tax treaty reduces the withholding rate) and remit it to the Canada Revenue Agency by the prescribed date. It’s important…

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Trustees Holding Title to Real Property: It Used to be Simpler

Trustees holding title to real property jointly with right of survivorship should make estate succession efficient and inexpensive. But recent changes implemented by the Director of Land Titles are challenging that notion.

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Non-Resident Beneficiary and Part XIII Withholding Tax – Trustee Beware

When trustees distribute income of a trust to a non-resident beneficiary, they must be mindful of potential Canadian tax implications. Part XIII tax is a tax withheld at source when income is paid to a non-resident. For Canadian trust and estate purposes, Part XIII requires a non-resident beneficiary to pay…

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