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Wills, Trusts & Estates


Monday, May 31, 2021 @ 8:38 AM

The benefits of choosing an executor who’s a team player Two people heading to the same place

Being asked by a loved one to act as an executor of their estate is not always the honour some think it is. Administering an estate can be a difficult and burdensome process, and coupled with grieving the loss of a loved one and dealing with demanding beneficiaries, the role of an executor can be a thankless job. Additionally, the role of executor comes with legal liability. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 27, 2021 @ 2:12 PM

Forgotten assets can give executors tax, legal problems Magnifying glass and dollar signs on world map

Whether you’re downsizing, moving closer to be with family, or moving internationally to spend your “golden years” in Spain, Greece or Austria, one thing is always true: moving is a pain. So much work, so many logistical details, so many legal documents, so many boxes. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 @ 2:16 PM

Law firm marketing during a pandemic: Helpful tips and strategies to avoid Person in cellphone attracting people with magnet and target in background

Whether you are on Bay Street or a sole practitioner, COVID-19 has turned the practice of law, and most everything else, on its head. We are working from home when needed. We are adapting. And, while we continue to look forward to a return to (some form of) normalcy, changes impelled by the pandemic are likely here to stay. ... [read more]

Friday, May 21, 2021 @ 2:52 PM

Aird & Berlis adds partner, associate

Aird & Berlis announced that partner Archie Rabinowitz and associate Holly Cunliffe have recently joined the firm as members of its estates and trusts group. ... [read more]

Friday, May 21, 2021 @ 8:15 AM

Riding herd in emerg Cowgirl riding herd

At some point, most of us have worked on group assignments as part of a class, course or program. The idea is to have people work collaboratively, and the outcome is that each team member earns the same grade for the final product. These projects can work out well if everyone is engaged, and each team member delivers their part on time. The key word is “collaborative,” and this is where human nature, attitude and calculation come into play. You often need one group member to ride herd. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 20, 2021 @ 1:50 PM

Will challenge litigation costs: When should you team up? Different stack of coins for different people

Will challenge litigation involving multiple parties with differing interests can be complex and expensive. Following trial, a judge is left to decide which of the parties before the court should be entitled to be indemnified with respect to their costs, to what extent and from whom. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 @ 12:19 PM

Access to Justice: When life gives you lemons | Beverley McLachlin

Beverley McLachlin delivered this address to the annual Summit of the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters, May 12, 2021. ... [read more]

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]