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Wills and Estates 101: Keeping Your Legal Terms Straight

This blog is a nod to all of our clients who think they are appointing us (their lawyer/attorney) as their “attorney” for property. We’ve put together this helpful resource of important legal terms in the Ontario estate and trust planning context. We hope this is a helpful tool or refresher

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Dare to Choose: Update on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)

On the heels of Canada Day, what are the things that make Canada distinctive? Well, on the estate and advance planning front, one significant difference is that Canadians have the ability to choose to end their life with medical assistance that many residing in other countries do not have. We

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Beyond the Business: Other Uses for a Dual Will Plan

In jurisdictions where there are high probate fees, like Ontario, using multiple Wills in your estate plan is of particular importance. As you may be aware, you can have two Wills – a Primary Will that governs any asset that would likely attract a request of probate, and a Secondary

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Your Life, Your Estate Plan, Your Choice

This is definitely dating myself, but in thinking about this blog I was unable to get Jon Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life” out of my head (check it out on YouTube here). Sorry for the earworm! Mr. Bon Jovi (we’ve never met, so I’ll not call him Jon just yet)

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Reflections and Predictions on our 25th Anniversary

This blog comes to you today, May 4, 2023, on the 25th anniversary of the establishment of our firm. I thought I would share some reflections on the past and some predictions for the future. It’s with a lot of gratitude that we as a firm take a moment to

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How to Deal with Personal Effects to Prevent Family Fights

Clients like to say that they don’t have any personal effects of value. While they likely mean monetary value, they are overlooking the sentimental value these items may have. Fights over estates are not always about the dollars and cents. It is not uncommon to see fights among beneficiaries that

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Real Estate and Probate Planning: More Issues to Consider

Oh, did you think we were done with real estate and taxes for a while? Sorry to disappoint. Our last blog, “Selling Sunset: Real Estate Taxes Property Owners in Canada Must Know About,” discussed some new taxes and tax filings involving real estate in Ontario. Today we’d like to remind

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