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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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Should you Remove an Executor?

This Blog was written by Edward Ngo, Estate and Trust Advisor at MD Private Trust Company which is part of Scotia Wealth Management As the autumn leaves begin to fall and the cold air catches our breath, I remind myself there is no such thing as a simple will or a straightforward estate….

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Charitable Gifts on Death: Who can Claim the Donation Tax Credit?

Today’s blog is being written by Jonathan M. Charron, senior associate at Fasken’s Montréal office.   The tax rules applicable to charitable gifts on death have changed considerably since 2016. These new rules aim inter alia at providing more certainty as to the tax treatment of such gifts and more…

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An Introduction and Some Reminders about Charitable Gifts

  Today’s blog was written by Yvonne Mazurak, Associate at Fasken LLP   Hi AAEB community! This is not my first time contributing to the blog, however, it is my first time writing as a newly licensed lawyer and I thought I would take this opportunity to introduce myself. I…

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Restricted Charitable Bequests

One the biggest trends in philanthropy of the last thirty-years is the rise of donor-directed or restricted giving.  Donors want more control, which typically results in more restrictions being placed on gifts. But there are risks of placing restrictions on a charitable gift by will. Failure and Cy Pres Simply,…

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INSURANCE TRACKING SHARES

If a taxpayer owns shares of a corporation and passes away, he or she is deemed to have disposed of their shareholding at fair market value (“FMV”) unless a tax-free rollover is applied (e.g., rollover to a surviving spouse). The disposition of shares may cause a tax liability. In the…

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Joint Accounts Held as Tenants in Common: A Tool to Avoid Litigation

This blog was written by Holly LeValliant Perhaps one of the most litigious issues in the area of estate law is the question of whether a joint account passes on survivorship when one of the owners dies, or whether the survivor holds the balance of the account in trust for…

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The Family Cottage: Fostering Friendship or Fuelling Foes?

Whether it be a lakeside summer home, a small log cabin in the woods, a ski chalet, or a country retreat, a family cottage can be the source of wonderful memories and an important part of family life. However, it can also become a source of stress and disagreement if…

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An RESP may be a simple solution for funding a grandchild’s education, but beware of its limitations

This Blog was written by Joanna Mazin, Estate and Trust Planning Lead at MD Financial Management Inc. which is part of Scotia Wealth Management Many clients I work with are interested in finding a tax-efficient way to financially support their minor grandchildren’s savings for post-secondary education. I often suggest that they consider opening or…

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Estate Trustees and Irreconcilable Conflicts

In the recent decision of Lagrandeur Estate (Re), the Court considered when an estate trustee can be ‘passed over’ due to a conflict of interest. Facts Keisha Lagrandeur (“Keisha”) died on December 6, 2019, aged 41. Keisha had two boys aged 19 and 17 with her married spouse Gaetan Lagrandeur…

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