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Wills, Trusts & Estates


Friday, November 15, 2019 @ 9:10 AM

Till debt do us part: dividing liabilities Ax breaking chain

When most people think of family law cases, they think of fairly dividing the family assets: the house, the car, perhaps the heirloom grandfather clock. The flip side of the coin, however, is less straightforward. What is the best approach to untangling not just the assets, but the liabilities? ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 @ 12:04 PM

New associate for Hull & Hull LLP

Hull & Hull LLP announced that Katherine Mazur has joined the firm as an associate. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 @ 8:54 AM

Proposed changes to foreign affiliate dumping rules Two businessmen in discussion

Recent proposed changes to the Income Tax Act could impact many Canadian corporations with foreign affiliates. ... [read more]

Monday, November 11, 2019 @ 10:54 AM

Fraudulent conveyance and Stone v. Stone: Clarifying inter vivos transfers money_behindback_sm

As we concluded in our previous article, Stone v. Stone 2001 55 O.R. (3d) 491 has been judicially considered at least 42 times but for the most part has been followed. Where courts have come to a different result usually revolves around different facts specific to the particular case being litigated. ... [read more]

Monday, November 11, 2019 @ 10:51 AM

Beard Winter adds two new partners

Beard Winter LLP announced that Nick Dimitropoulos and Jane Martin have joined the partnership. ... [read more]

Monday, November 11, 2019 @ 10:41 AM

Access to Justice: A2J Week about innovation, collaboration, action | Beverley McLachlin

The end of October marked the celebration of Access to Justice Week in three Canadian provinces — Saskatchewan, Ontario and British Columbia. I was pleased to be able to join Ontario’s justice sector leaders for part of their deliberations on the future of access to justice in Ontario and to follow the activities in the other provinces, albeit from a distance. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 06, 2019 @ 8:42 AM

Defining death: Court of Appeal weighs in life_support_sm

How do we know when someone has died? This question has been the subject of debate in Western societies since at least the 18th century, and in modern times has become increasingly fraught due to advancements in medical knowledge and resuscitative technology. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 05, 2019 @ 2:07 PM

Quebec, Ottawa applaud Justice Kasirer, province’s new role in nominating Quebec SCC judges Chief Justice of Quebec Nicole Duval Hesler with Supreme Court of Canada Justice Nicholas Kasirer

The Supreme Court of Canada saw a rare display of federal-provincial unanimity Nov. 4 as the attorneys general of Canada and Quebec jointly hailed the top court’s newest judge and the province’s beefed-up role in the reformed process that culminated in Justice Nicholas Kasirer’s nomination. “The nomination of Justice Kasirer to the court is historic,” Attorney General of Canada David Lametti said of the new process during the welcoming ceremony in the Supreme Court’s courtroom which was packed with Justice Kasirer’s family and friends, along with many legal lights from the bar and bench in Quebec and across Canada. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 05, 2019 @ 8:17 AM

Challenge to authenticity of signatures on will will_signature_sm

The decision in Bayford v. Boese 2019 ONSC 5663 involved a dispute over signatures on a will. The challenger neither disputed that the will embodied the testator’s intentions, nor that it was procured by undue influence, or that the testator lacked capacity. The only issue raised was whether the testator signed the will and that the will was executed in the presence of witnesses. ... [read more]

Monday, November 04, 2019 @ 2:13 PM

Miller Thomson partner to serve second term on STEP council

Miller Thomson announced that partner William (Bill) Fowlis has been elected to serve a second term on the STEP Worldwide Council. ... [read more]