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April 2014 Archives

Cross-Canada Checkup: Property Rights on Marriage Breakdown and Death

Canadians are increasingly mobile within Canada. Employees are transferred and move with their families to another province, couples decide to retire in a province with a more moderate climate, or seniors decide to move to be closer to their children and grandchildren. But in changing jobs, lifestyle and family connections, our legal "lives" are also changed. It is surprising how significantly the basic laws that govern property rights on marriage breakdown and death differ if we survey each province's and territory's regime. This fact is not well-known among most Canadians, and can lead to unexpected results.

Planning for Your Digital Estate

An estimated 85% of North Americans use online financial tools such as financial accounts, bill payments and digital currency, according to a 2012 BMO Wealth Institute survey. In 2011, Canadians surveyed valued their digital assets including entertainment downloads, personal records and career information at approximately $47,000 each, as reported in a 2011 survey by McAfee. As well, we increasingly store our family photographs and personal and business correspondence online including in the form of email and social media accounts.

We are a top-ranked and peer recognized firm, including Margaret O’Sullivan by Chambers Canada Guide 2017 and Chambers Canada High Net Worth 2016 as one of the top six private client lawyers in Canada:

  • Top Ranked Canada Chambers 2017 Margaret O'Sullivan
  • Margaret R. O'sullivan 2016 | Listed in Best Lawyers CANADA
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
  • The Law Reviews | Expert Panel 2015
  • Step | Canada | Advising Families Across Generations
  • Top Ranked HNW Chambers 2016 Margaret O'Sullivan
  • Recognised in WHO'SWHOLEGAL | WWL
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