Wills and Estates Litigation
Multiple Wills in Ontario: Re Milne Revisited
The Divisional Court recently allowed the appeal in the matter of Milne Estate (Re), 2019 ONSC 579, providing a sigh of relief for estate planning lawyers across the Province.The Milne case deals with the validity of multiple wills and the...Read More
Resealing of Foreign Orders Appointing Guardians
This blog was written in collaboration with David Morgan Smith at Hull and Hull LLP. In some cases, an incapable person residing outside of Canada has assets in Canada. Can a guardian appointed outside of Canada have access to the incapable's...Read More
What happens when people die without wills in place?
Despite many people claiming to be aware of the importance of proper estate planning, nearly half of Canadian adults report not having estate planning documents in place. Ontario adults who die without the appropriate wills and other important documents lined up will have...Read More
How should wills address digital assets like cryptocurrency?
Passing along wealth when everything is either available in cash or held in a bank is straightforward enough. While solid estate planning and proper communication with financial institutions has always been a good idea, for a long time the documentation...Read More
Are you properly prepared to challenge a will?
Losing a loved one is understandably a very difficult and emotional time for most Ontario residents. Unfortunately, whenever there are disputes that occur in the aftermath of a loved one's passing, this can ratchet up tension and stress to unimaginable...Read More
How to manage estates to protect intergenerational wealth
What happens when people leave inheritance to their children? Often, the assets are spent and wealth only makes it to the third generation in 10 percent of families. While it is a challenge, there are some steps Ontario families can...Read More
The dynamics of contesting a will
Wills are an important part of the estate planning equation, and they are intended to allow for a smooth transition as one's final wishes are preserved. However, there are times when you may feel that some of the provisions in...Read More
How does deemed disposition tax apply to estates in Ontario?
In Ontario and the rest of Canada, many people believe that there is no estate tax to be paid upon their death. The truth is that there is a tax with a different name applicable to the estates of Canadians....Read More
Wills and estate planning tools are not just for older Canadians
If one were to ask most people in Ontario, they would probably say they hope to live to a ripe old age and pass away peacefully. When people think about wills and estate planning, many consider these important for older...Read More