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Wills, Trusts & Estates


Wednesday, June 30, 2021 @ 9:40 AM

New insurance associate for Cox & Palmer in Halifax

Cox & Palmer welcomed Kalyn Hunley to its Halifax office. She joins as an associate in the insurance group where she will work with insurers, brokers, adjusters and self-insuring organizations. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 @ 8:46 AM

‘Misunderstanding’ of expert evidence an ‘overriding error,’ court rules Justice Alison Harvison Young

An appeal over a will bequeathing a farm has been allowed after the Ontario Court of Appeal determined that the trial judge “misunderstood the appellant’s position and, as a result, mistakenly considered the expert evidence to be irrelevant.” ... [read more]

Monday, June 28, 2021 @ 4:14 PM

Saskatchewan law society webinar helps guide providers of legal information

Non-lawyer providers of legal information should be clear on what information they can give members of the public without entering the verboten realm of providing legal advice, say officials from Saskatchewan’s law society. ... [read more]

Monday, June 28, 2021 @ 1:08 PM

WeirFoulds adds associate to wills, trusts and estates practice group

WeirFoulds welcomed Anna Alizadeh as an associate to the firm’s wills, trusts and estates practice group. ... [read more]

Monday, June 28, 2021 @ 12:11 PM

Four new terrorist entities listed under Criminal Code, feds announce Bill Blair, minister of public safety and emergency preparedness

On June 25, Public Safety Canada announced that four new terrorist entities were listed under the Criminal Code. ... [read more]

Friday, June 25, 2021 @ 9:52 AM

New ways to fix a will in B.C. hammer and wrench behind dollar sign

The recent decision of Justice Simon Coval in Jamt Estate (Re), 2021 BCSC 788, provided some much-needed clarity regarding how a relatively new provision of the British Columbia Wills, Estates and Succession Act, SBC 2009, c 13 (WESA) is to be applied. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 24, 2021 @ 1:43 PM

Charitable foundations: Choosing the right structure Four hands forming a solid square

Charitable foundations are structures for long term, flexible and customized philanthropy. Both private and public foundations enable donors to make long term gifts and have various benefits, including: creating a lasting legacy, involving family members in the giving process and charitable tax credits. These structures may be attractive for donors who are interested in creating gifts that will have a lasting impact on charitable causes that are important to a donor and his or her family. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 @ 2:05 PM

Judge’s role is to adjudicate ‘on the basis of law, precedent and evidence,’ SCC nominee says Justice Mahmud Jamal

Justice Mahmud Jamal, the Trudeau government’s nominee to the Supreme Court vacancy caused by the impending retirement of Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella, says he hopes to serve with an open mind and a willingness to listen while remaining “very mindful” of the responsibility which comes with being the first person of colour to be named to Canada’s top court. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 @ 8:29 AM

Digital assets inventory: Why clients have so many online accounts Laptop screen with safe full of gold

During the pandemic, we’ve all relied on the Internet as a means to connect with the outside world. We’ve connected with our doctors, paid bills, socialized over videoconferencing or started new hobbies. Consider how many of us created additional accounts to access delivery services and now to book vaccines. And there are those working or studying remotely who depend on technology to meet professional and educational commitments. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 @ 2:23 PM

How law firms can invest in their lawyers’ health | Rob De Toni

In the first article of this series, published in The Lawyer’s Daily on June 9, 2021 (see link below), I wrote about why law firms should invest in their lawyers’ health and wellbeing. In this article, I write about what steps law firms can take to make their lawyers’ health (mental, physical, and emotional) a priority. ... [read more]