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Toronto Ontario Estate Law Blog

Beneficiary Designations: When Less is Not More

You may know that having a beneficiary designation for your life insurance policies or registered retirement plans (RSPs) is a good idea, including in order to avoid Ontario estate administration tax (previously probate fees) on the value of assets which would otherwise pass through your estate (see our Client Advisory

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Multi-jurisdictional Succession Issues Checklist

An increasing number of individuals have connections to more than one jurisdiction which can significantly affect their estate planning. In this Blog post, we explore a few special issues and considerations that need to be factored in estate planning to ensure a comprehensive and effective estate plan where there is

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Reflections on the “Trusted Advisor”

We increasingly see use of the term “trusted advisor”, particularly in the arena of financial and estate planning services. But what is a “trusted advisor” as opposed to someone simply providing advice? At its root I would submit is the requirement that a trusted advisor acts in the best interests

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Trusts – It’s Not All About the Tax

While there are several tax reasons to consider a trust for current and future planning, sometimes the best reasons to set up a trust now or in a will have nothing to do with tax. Three excellent reasons to use a trust? Matrimonial issues, protecting children and wealth preservation. •

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WELCOME

A warm welcome to our inaugural blog post. In our future posts, we hope to provide concise, cogent and creative thoughts, ideas, perspectives and information on trust and estate matters, with a focus on cross-border, multi-jurisdictional and domestic issues. Over the next while, we will deal with a number of

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