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Will Interpretation – The Armchair Rule

WILL INTERPRETATION
Date: 16 Nov, 2023| Author: Fred Streiman

In the interesting Saskatchewan case of Gilchrist v. Gilchrist decided in September 2023 by Justice Curry, we have a number of legal issues and a family tragedy laying atop each other. The facts are relatively simple although quite sad. Within a family, a brother had been convicted of sexually assaulting his sister over a number […]

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IS A DRAFT WILL GOOD ENOUGH?

IS A DRAFT WILL GOOD ENOUGH?
Date: 05 Oct, 2023| Author: Fred Streiman

In other blog articles, we have touched on what this author calls the horseshoe rule of Wills. Prior to January 1, 2022, for a Will in Ontario to be found to be valid, it had to meet the minimal requirements set out in The Succession Law Reform Act. However, since the onset of COVID, the […]

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NO TAKE BACKS – A GIFT IS A GIFT

NO TAKE BACKS – A GIFT IS A GIFT
Date: 18 Sep, 2023| Author: Fred Streiman

THE FACTS  – PART 1 We have the elsewhere discussed the legal components of a gift and its ramifications. We suggest our readers simply use the search bar on our website to find a number of blogs touching on “gifts”. A common fact scenario when a court examines the issue of a gift arises from […]

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HOW TO REVIVE A REVOKED WILL aka BRINGING A DEAD WILL BACK TO LIFE

HOW TO REVIVE A REVOKED WILL aka BRINGING A DEAD WILL BACK TO LIFE
Date: 15 Sep, 2023| Author: Fred Streiman

The Honourable Justice Chang in July of 2023 rendered his decision in the case known as the Estate of Harold Franklin Campbell. The case centered around section 19(1)(b) of The Succession Law Reform Act that reads “a Will that has been…revoked is revived only…by a codicil that shows an intention to give effect to the […]

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Punishing A Bad Executor

PUNISHING A BAD EXECUTOR
Date: 14 Sep, 2023| Author: Fred Streiman

In May of 2023, the Honourable Madam Justice Gilmore, who has extensive experience in Wills and Estates finally dealt a significant penalty to what has to be one of the world’s worst executors. Lorali Queripel , one of the three children of the late Betty Shaddock was named her late mother’s executor along with her […]

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Fixing a Will After Death – The Horseshoe Rule

Fixing a Will After Death – The Horseshoe Rule
Date: 13 Sep, 2023| Author: Fred Streiman

The COVID-19 virus has changed the world as we have known it, and those changes have reached into the previously set in concrete laws dealing with Wills and Estates. Estates of anyone who died after January 1, 2022 may take advantage of an amendment to The Succession Law Reform Act. Specifically, section 21.1 which we […]

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Unlocking Homeownership Dreams : Canada’s First Home Savings Account (FHSA)

Dale Sreiman
Date: 02 Sep, 2023| Author: Elliott Dale

Most of Canada’s major banks are now of­fering the First Home Savings Account (FHSA) as a way to help Canadians save up for one of the biggest purchases they’ll make in their lifetime, as homeownership is pushed further from reach amid high in­terest rates and prices. Announced by the federal government in its 2022 budget, […]

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