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Thursday, October 14, 2021 @ 8:42 AM

Manitoba regulator brings legal services to charities, non-profits Darcia Senft, Law Society of Manitoba.

Manitoba’s law society is making it possible for vulnerable clients of charities and non-profits to get free legal help. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 @ 8:35 AM

Post-mortem privacy: The future landscape Man's real face looking at his digital image

In part three of this series on the emerging challenges to estate advisers regarding post-mortem privacy in the digital era, we looked at pre-planning options using online tools and the impact of big tech in several examples. In part four we’ll look to the future and the global post-mortem privacy landscape. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 @ 12:06 PM

New global deal unveiled to compel digital multinationals to pay at least 15-per-cent tax on profits

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canadian jobs and Canada’s social safety net will be supported by the recent agreement of 136 countries to “end the race to the bottom” in corporate taxation by creating a global minimum level of tax of at least 15 per cent, no matter where profits are earned. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 @ 10:19 AM

Feds promote lawyer to associate deputy minister of Justice Canada

Shalene Curtis-Micallef was promoted, effective Sept. 1, 2021, to associate deputy minister of Justice Canada, the office of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Oct. 8 as part of a larger shuffle of the senior civil service ranks. ... [read more]

Friday, October 08, 2021 @ 1:26 PM

Smart giving: Charitable gifts under your will Hand holding out a wrapped gift

In the context of estate planning, it’s important to consider whether you wish to benefit any charities after your death. Including a gift under your will is a good opportunity to make a gift that may otherwise not have been possible while alive or to increase the quantum of a gift to a charity you have been supporting during your life. In addition to satisfying any philanthropic objectives, there are also tax benefits with donating to charity under your will. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 07, 2021 @ 8:55 AM

WeirFoulds adds new wills and estates partner

WeirFoulds announced that Lucinda (Lucy) E. Main has joined the firm as a partner and co-chair of its wills, trusts and estates practice group. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 06, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

Can you hold cryptocurrencies in your RRSP? Older man with cane holding up Bitcoin

Introduced in 1957, a registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) allows Canadians to defer tax on the income that they set aside for retirement. You may deduct your RRSP contributions when calculating your taxable income, and you pay no tax on the income generated within your RRSP. ... [read more]

Monday, October 04, 2021 @ 1:13 PM

Pros, cons of smart contracts, blockchain, intellectual property transactions Block chain link

Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) are one of the most disruptive advances of our time. Smart contracts execute the transactional activities that are performed on the blockchain. They are automated processes that perform specific tasks within the blockchain if certain terms and conditions are met. As alternatives to conventionally completed contracts, they are intended to replace the need for legal representatives where they were usually called on to draft, complete or negotiate a contract or transactions between parties. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 @ 10:50 AM

Manidobawitigong and Lake of Everything: A feather’s journey to justice | Stephen O’Neill

The early evening sun of Aug. 9 remained stubbornly bright, 40 kilometres downstream from Fort Frances in northwestern Ontario. We stood with him and watched the Manitou Rapids as they boiled through the centre of the wide river. This was the end of day one of our six day, 240-kilometre canoe trip down the Rainy River and through Lake of the Woods and the Devil’s Gap to the Kenora Courthouse. ... [read more]

Monday, September 27, 2021 @ 8:42 AM

Should I stay or should I go: When to decline acting as executor Hand palm up in stop sign

In previous articles — The benefits of choosing an executor who’s a team player and Choosing an executor: Who’s in charge? — we have stressed the importance of choosing the right executor and provided some considerations for appointing executors. Being an executor is not easy. Time and time again, we see executors who are not only surprised by their appointment but who are also overwhelmed and are not sure whether they should act. ... [read more]