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January 2015 Archives

New Ontario Estate Administration Tax Act Regime Effective January 1, 2015

Organizing one's estate planning to minimize estate administration taxes or "probate fees" (the tax collected by the Ontario government on the date of death value of a deceased's estate when an estate representative applies to the court for a certificate of appointment) has been a popular goal for Ontarians given our relatively high rate of tax as compared to other provinces and territories.

Heads Up: Grappling with Family Law's Treatment of Discretionary Trust Interests

Discretionary trusts are common estate planning tools used for a variety of reasons such as tax minimization and general wealth protection, including protection on matrimonial breakdown and from creditors. These trusts are often used in an estate freeze where shares in privately-held corporations are "frozen" to defer capital gains liability which might otherwise arise on a shareholder's death in favour of the next generation where the "growth" shares are held by a trust. Margaret O'Sullivan's recent paper "When Trust Law Meets Family Law" provides a review of discretionary trusts and their recent treatment by matrimonial courts in several jurisdictions. My post highlights some of the observations and concerns raised in Margaret's paper.

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

  • Top Ranked Canada Chambers 2017 Margaret O'Sullivan
  • Best Lawyers Award Badge
  • Best Lawyers Award Badge
  • 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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