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October 2017 Archives

Putting the "Success" Back Into Succession Planning

One of the increasing challenges facing parents and other family members today is achieving success in their estate planning - passing on their wealth well. But how should we define "success". From a professional viewpoint, much of estate planning focuses on ensuring a tax and cost-efficient transition of wealth to future generations and primarily focuses on financial aspects. But in doing so, have we lost sight of the forest for the trees? What is the overarching purpose of passing on wealth? Is it just about the money?

Estate Planning and Marriage Breakdown - Protecting the Inheritance

In estate planning, a parent typically wishes to provide for their children and each child's family. However, this desire to benefit the child's family often has a caveat: the child's spouse should not receive any part of the inheritance in the event of separation or divorce.

Medically Assisted Dying in Canada - An Update

In April 2017, the CBC reported that over 1,300 people in Canada have died with medical assistance since the Criminal Code was amended in 2016 to legalize medical assistance in dying ("MAID"). While this statistic points to the importance of MAID for many Canadians, the new legislation has not settled the ongoing debate concerning the right to die. Recent litigation on various fronts has highlighted continuing controversies, including questions about the role of medical professionals in MAID, limitations on who will have access to medically assisted dying, and ambiguity in the criteria for access.

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