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Wills, Trusts & Estates


Tuesday, May 18, 2021 @ 1:49 PM

Do not ‘do it yourself’ in immigration law Tools on a computer screen

In a time where access to (mis)information is readily and easily available, many people believe that can be an expert after attending law school at “Google University.” Do-it-yourself law occurs in many different practice areas. People are drafting their own wills and getting divorced without legal assistance. They are attending court as self-represented litigants. In important matters affecting key aspects of a person’s life, including immigrating to a new country, many are choosing to go at it alone. ... [read more]

Friday, May 14, 2021 @ 6:17 AM

GIFTS - Inter vivos - Validity of transfer - Proof of gift

Appeal by the Zachariadis estate trustees from summary judgment dismissing their claim against the defendants, the Giannopoulos estate trustees. In 1996, Zachariadis began a relationship with Giannopoulos. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 13, 2021 @ 12:32 PM

Nova Scotia court expanding certain services

In a bid to lessen backlog caused by a recent scaling back of operations, Nova Scotia’s Supreme Court will expand some of its services while continuing to run under an essential services model. Any non-urgent matters in the Supreme Court’s general division that can be done by telephone or videoconference will be allowed to proceed across the province, starting May 25. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 13, 2021 @ 8:41 AM

Interpretation of wills and the ‘armchair rule’ Women writing in an armchair

The court is often asked to render a decision regarding a dispute related to the interpretation of a will. Issues related to the interpretation of a will can arise where first the will is vague or subjective such as those which include language like “necessary” or “reasonable” — what is reasonable or necessary? Who decides what should have been done to meet these vague requirements? Were these vague requirements met? ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 @ 10:43 AM

Links between COVID-19, divorce Man and woman facing opposite directions

It goes without saying that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many people’s everyday lives. People can no longer meet up with members outside their household, go to clothing stores or eat in restaurants. Some of the pandemic’s effects on people’s day-to-day lives are less obvious though. For example, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected many people’s marriages. More specifically, the pandemic has led to an increased interest in divorce. ... [read more]

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]