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Heads Up: Pitfalls of Dying Intestate with Minor Children

When a person dies without leaving a valid will, they have died “intestate”. A valid will can provide for who should administer the estate, who should benefit from the estate, and the terms on which the beneficiaries inherit. If you die without a will in place, your estate will be

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A New Paradigm: Wealth Advising for the Future

As an estate lawyer, how many times have I said under my breath to myself as my clients have exited the boardroom after an often lengthy, revealing, intense, and always interesting meeting: “I don’t need a law degree – I need a psychology degree!” I am sure my sentiment is

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The Pros and Cons of Multiple Executors and Trustees

An executor is the person appointed to carry out the provisions in a will, including distribution of the estate. A trustee is the person appointed in a will (in the case of testamentary trusts) or other trust document (i.e., an inter vivos trust) to administer a trust for the benefit

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How to Remove the Clutter and Organize Your Affairs

Many of us feel overwhelmed when it comes to keeping our financial affairs up-to-date and in order. Whether it is technological challenges, including accessing the information we need through a portal when it used to come automatically through snail mail, new legislation and increasing tax compliance or keeping our estate

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Testamentary Freedom: Spence Up Your Life

Spence v BMO Trust Company, 2016 ONCA 196, is a topical case which has featured in our blog as recently as January 2023. This case serves as a reminder that testamentary freedom – a will-maker’s right to dispose of his or her property as he or she sees fit – is

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