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Wills, Trusts & Estates


Wednesday, May 12, 2021 @ 8:54 AM

Work that works: Difficulties new calls face when starting out | Charlene Theodore

You have your law degree … now what? ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 @ 2:18 PM

New limits of civil forfeiture in Ontario | Christine Van Geyn

On May 12, the Ontario Court of Appeal will consider the limits of civil forfeiture and the power of the Attorney General to use this powerful tool to dispose of assets without compensation. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 @ 11:08 AM

New wills and estates partner for Fasken in B.C.

Fasken has added to its team in Surrey, B.C., with the addition of partner Elyssa L. Lockhart, who specializes in trusts, wills, estates and charities law.  ... [read more]

Monday, May 10, 2021 @ 8:42 AM

Legal aid services and estates law Drowning hand reaching for legal aid help

The Legal Aid Services Act (LASA) received royal assent in July 2020 as part of the Smarter and Stronger Justice Act. The LASA is a step forward to modernize the legal aid framework for low-income Ontarians through a shift from a regulatory regime to giving Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) more flexibility to develop and adapt its own rules, policies and services that better serve low-income Ontarians. ... [read more]

Friday, May 07, 2021 @ 11:47 AM

How COVID, Charter don’t mix | Sam Goldstein

Constitutional lawyers, like carpenters, have the bad habit of seeing the world’s solution through the lenses of their trade. For carpenters, the solution to everything is a hammer. For constitutional lawyers, it’s the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. ... [read more]

Friday, May 07, 2021 @ 9:41 AM

Why online interaction’s better than you think Five people in zoom meeting

Even before the pandemic hit, the discussion around the pros and cons of flex work and working from home (WFH) or working from anywhere (WFA) raged. In February 2013, Marissa Mayer, then the new head of Yahoo, decided to summon all remote employees back to the office. Her goal was to create a more connected workforce and drive collaboration and innovation: “We need to be one Yahoo, and that starts with physically being together.” ... [read more]

Thursday, May 06, 2021 @ 2:08 PM

Estate planning around U.S. citizenship: Step one, confirm status U.S. and Canadian money beside a calculator

In order to provide clients with a well-rounded estate plan, it is critical to know if your client or his or her intended beneficiaries are U.S. citizens. Citizenship is not always obvious to determine. It’s possible for a person to be a U.S. citizen without knowing it. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 05, 2021 @ 8:35 AM

Decision highlights major difference between B.C., Ontario estate laws Scales of justice and Canadian flag

On April 7, 2021, the British Columbia case of Jung v. Poole Estate 2021 BCSC 623 was released. In this decision, the testator who had disinherited his daughters in his last will and testament, had his will varied by the court which resulted in the adult daughters being awarded 70 per cent of his estate. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 04, 2021 @ 1:16 PM

Federal budget: Impact on charities and not-for-profits Swinging ball hits other balls in chain reaction

This article provides a brief summary of some of the key proposals in federal government Budget 2021 (the budget) that impact charities and not-for-profits (NFPs). ... [read more]

Monday, May 03, 2021 @ 2:50 PM

B.C. court declares parentage order for parent in polyamorous relationship Polyamory symbol - Heart with infinity symbol

On April 23, a B.C. court ordered that a second mother in a polyamorous triad relationship be declared a legal parent. British Columbia Birth Registration No. 2018-XX-XX5815 2021 BCSC 767 is the first case of its kind in B.C. and groundbreaking, not only for polyamorous relationships, but also for the evolving legal concept of parentage. ... [read more]