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March 2014 Archives

Planning with Discretionary Trusts for the Matrimonial Home

A common consideration when completing or updating your estate planning is often how best to protect assets in the event of marital breakdown--whether your own marriage, including a second marriage, or an intended beneficiary's (e.g., a child or grandchild). The need to protect certain assets may be even more pressing when the property is a home or cottage that has been in a family for generations, carrying strong emotional ties and significant memories. Protecting this property can be complicated, however, if it qualifies as a matrimonial home under Ontario's Family Law Act.

Joint Ownership - The Third Outcome

Joint ownership of property is a common estate planning tool. Where property is owned jointly with a right of survivorship (as opposed to, for example, as tenants in common), the property passes in the normal course to the surviving joint owner on the other owner's death. In these circumstances, the property passes outside of the estate of the deceased joint owner. As a result, probate fees are avoided and the succession of the property is simplified. The recent case of Sawdon Estate v. Sawdon has expanded the use of this doctrine.

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