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Estate Complications with Estate Trustees

Date: 17 Oct, 2018

Sometimes, third parties who are not related to the deceased may be appointed by the court as an estate trustee. It has been our experience in highly contested estates when competing parties will not agree on permitting the other acting as estate trustee, the court has the ability to appoint a third party. On consent, […]

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Benjamin Orders

Date: 17 Oct, 2018

What is an estate to do when a beneficiary cannot be found. While relatively rare, this does occur and it has been the author’s experience that in the absence of specific instructions in the will, this can lead to significant costs. There are specialized beneficiary hunters and as one can imagine they are not cheap. […]

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What to do when the bad son will not Move out after mom dies

Date: 17 Oct, 2018

We now look at Justice Spiescomments in the 2017 decision relating to the Filippelli estate. In this case, one child lived with mom for two years prior to her death. There was a very loose and rarely observed understanding that the son living with the mother would pay some type of rent. The son rarely […]

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Beneficiaries Gone Wild

Date: 17 Oct, 2018

Justice Spies, whose decisions have surfaced in this blog repeatedly,grappled with a group of siblings who suffered delusions as they fought over a $30,000.00 painting. I make no comment about the reasonableness of destroying a sibling relationship for mere money. In the Newlands decision, the court had earlier found that one brother’s position with respect […]

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Parental Alienation Reconciliation Counseling

Date: 30 Aug, 2018

The law is influx on this point. The author would not be surprised if within a year that the courts’ views will shift again. The courts continue to throw a substantive resources at a problem that defies solution, namely the alienation between child and parent following separation. When the whole of a family is torn […]

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A Strategy to Reduce or Eliminate Probate Fees.

Date: 27 Jun, 2018

HOW TO USE A TRUST TO SAVE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN PROBATE FEES. This strategy is driven by 2 primary goals. To arrange for an orderly estate succession (what happens after you die) and minimize estate administration tax, also known as probate fees. An additional benefit can be a reduction in exposure to potential creditors. […]

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Changes to Divorce Act Proposed – No More Custody

Date: 29 May, 2018

On May 22, 2018 the Federal Government introduced Bill C-78. It’s most important provision is removing the term “Custody” and “Access” from a court order replacing them with “Parenting Orders” in which parenting time and decision making is allocated between the parents. As always, the only factor for the court to take into account is […]

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Hague Convention – Habitual Resident International Custody Disputes

Date: 29 May, 2018

The “Lion” of family law Mr. Philip Epstein publishes a weekly Family Law newsletter. This essential reading is a critical resource for family law lawyers in Canada seeking to keep up to date on the latest judicial developments. Mr. Epstein, in his recent newsletter took the Supreme Court of Canada to task and especially now […]

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Lump Sum Pension – Is It Income Or Property?

Date: 29 May, 2018

Recently Justice Trousdale in the case of Hewett v. Rogers had to struggle with how to treat a lump sum tax free payment of $345,000.00 to a veteran of the Canadian Forces. This money was labelled as a lump sum payment as compensation for all the serious injuries and disabilities Mr. Hewett suffered as a […]

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