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Keeping the Court Happy :)

The recent case of Lepp v. The Municipality of York, 2022 ONSC 6978 (CanLII) (“Lepp”) is now considered to be a form of required reading for litigants and their counsel. While the facts of the case are not particularly unique, the court’s comments on lawyers’ compliance with the Notice to…

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Will The Vacant Home Tax Impact Use of the Principal Residence Exemption; Estate Planning Considerations

  Overview The Ontario government has enabled municipalities to enact a tax on vacant residential units in their regions (Granted under Part IX.1 of the Municipal Act).[1] Each municipality has to pass a By-Law stating the tax rate and conditions of vacancy that, if met, make a property subject to…

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Chinese New Year – A time to celebrate, plan and eat!

This blog was written by Jean Yong, Associate Estate and Trust Consultant with Scotia Wealth Management Chinese culture boasts a long and rich history. It is one of the world’s oldest cultures dating back thousands of years and includes a set of social norms and beliefs shared to a varying…

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Certain Recurring Tax and Estate Planning Questions from New Canadians

Today’s blog post was written by Rahul Sharma, Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Toronto According to a recent article in the Globe and Mail, Canada added more than 437,000 new permanent residents last year, while the federal government intends to admit 1.45 million more new permanent residents over the next…

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Estate donations that don’t get made

John Quinn was a corporate lawyer and Wall Street titan.  A bachelor known for his many lovers, Quinn was also America’s first great modern art collector and tireless public champion.  He was a friend of literary and art legends like Picasso, WB Yeats, and Joseph Conrad. Quinn died in 1924 of cancer…

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What Happens when a Taxpayer Dies with a Registered Retirement Savings Plan?

Today’s blog was written by Pritika Deepak, Associate at Fasken LLP. Dealing with the tax implications arising upon an individual’s death is a central theme in estate planning. These tax implications may differ depending on the assets and properties that an individual owns at death, as well as the individual’s…

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Resolutions, Time Capsules and that Country Twang

It’s a new year and that means resolutions to strive for. For example, coming up with a blog post on short notice when no one at Scotia wanted this blog date. Talk about seizing opportunities. During the pandemic, I got into country music. I admit it y’all. I grew an…

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An Estate Donation of a Company  

On Giving Tuesday last month, The Winnipeg Foundation announced a $500 million estate donation from a local donor, Miriam Bergen.  The donation is of two companies.  Appleton Holdings Ltd., which owns Edison Properties, which in turn holds 27 rental apartment and commercial buildings in Winnipeg. The donor’s wished that her…

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The Secret Language of Estates, and Inflation

Estates clerks and lawyers “speak” their own language.  We use acronyms or initialisms[1] such as CAET, EIR, RCP, ARI, AET, GRE, POA and COLA.  We use abbreviations like Benys and T’ees, and we draw triangles.  The idea for this blog was born when reflecting on having to interpret a lawyer’s…

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Dead people who made WAY more money than you

Concert tickets are a horrible Christmas gift. The concert is a year away. They’re expensive, so the gift receiver is bound to feel guilty. You gave me a pair of tickets, are you implying that I have to take you? Cause now I’m thinking you like this singer more than…

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