Toronto Ontario Estate Law Blog
Of all the questions I am asked about the administration of estates, the one that comes up the most frequently is “what is probate?” If the question is asked by an executor, the next most frequent question is “how do I know if I need probate?” Often clients in their
Starting a new year is always a good time to ensure that your personal affairs are in order, including your estate plan. Not only is it important to have an up-to-date will and powers of attorney, but it is important to have an estate plan which can, to the extent possible,
One of the most common questions our clients ask is whether they can sign their Wills and Powers of Attorney with an electronic signature. Our lives are getting busier, our goal of reducing paper waste is more focused, and clients are understandably questioning the historically strict formalities of executing estate
When major life events occur, it is important to consider your estate planning and what updates and changes must be done. In no circumstances is this more true than when a person gets married, separated or divorced. Each of these life events affects a person’s estate plan in different ways.
Many people think that they can’t appoint a family member (often their child residing in the U.S.) or friend who is a U.S. resident or citizen as the executor of their estate because it will cause too many complications, or perhaps they may have received advice from a source that
In my prior blog of March 3, 2020, “Inheritance Tax, Wealth Tax and More Capital Gains Tax: The Future of Canadian Taxation”, I raised the issue of whether new forms of tax might be introduced on the Canadian scene, including an inheritance tax or an annual wealth tax. My blog
A few weeks ago, Google reported an increase in the number of searches on how to apply for Canadian residency and citizenship. Surprisingly, these numbers may not just be from our friends south of the border: in 2019, Canada welcomed over 284,000 people worldwide. This statistic is not unique to
Income tax matters and Canada Revenue Agency publications are often viewed as dull until they directly apply to our own situation. This is likely true for most people in respect of the prescribed interest rate. However, the prescribed interest rate can be of benefit to you, especially since it has
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Are you (or your clients) making estate plans or administering an estate that involves one or more countries? Will you (or your clients) inherit property in England? Do you (or your clients) own a second property in Portugal or Italy? Do you have clients who moved to France, but have left assets in Canada?