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A Letter of Wishes: When Your Trustee Is Also a Genie

In the world of estate planning, a genie is not the only one who could potentially grant you a wish: your trustee may also be able to do this with the help of a letter of wishes. A letter of wishes is a non-binding document that sets out suggestions to

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Think of Your Executor when Planning with Joint Assets

Jointly held assets are a popular estate planning tool because of how simple they appear. Adding a child on title to the house seems like a quick way to avoid paying probate taxes, or adding them as a joint owner on a bank account could be a convenient way to

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You Cannot Give What You Don’t Have

Your will can sometimes be seen as your final words to your loved ones. You may want to set out specific gifts to the people who you cherish most or who have helped you out during your lifetime. But as in life, you need to make sure you can actually

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Little Orphan Assets

When building a life together, one of the more important decisions for married spouses or common-law partners is how to deal with their respective assets and whether or not some or most should be combined. Holding assets jointly with your spouse or partner, particularly in less complex estates, is a

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Where to Store Your Signed Original Will and Powers of Attorneys?

Avoid Losing, Misplacing, or Accidentally Discarding a Will As important as having a Will in place that clearly outlines your wishes and intentions after your death is, it ultimately won’t matter if the Will cannot be located on your death. Surprisingly, keeping a Will in a safe and secure spot

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The Move Towards More Inclusive Drafting in Wills

This past summer, history was made at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics when Canadian soccer player, Quinn, became the first openly transgendered and non-binary athlete to not only compete at the Olympics, but to also win an Olympic medal (which happened to be gold, by the way!). Quinn’s journey to the

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“Should I Stay or Should I Go”: When Should You Decline Acting as Executor?

In previous blogs, “Avoiding Executor Dissent” and “Key Considerations in Choosing your Executors,” we have stressed the importance of choosing the right executor and provided some considerations for appointing executors. Being an executor is not easy. Time and time again, we see executors who are not only surprised by their appointment

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Avoiding Executor Dissent: The More Not the Merrier?

Being asked by a loved one to act as an executor of their estate is not always the honour some think it is. Administering an estate can be a difficult and burdensome process, and coupled with grieving the loss of a loved one and dealing with demanding beneficiaries, the role

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