Can a Power of Attorney for Property Change a Beneficiary Designation?

written by Jessica J. Butler, Law Clerk at Fasken LLP. Powers of attorney can be an area of confusion for those clients looking to create or update their estate plans. Clients can be uncertain as to what kinds of duties and responsibilities someone appointed under a power of attorney may [...]

Does a spouse automatically inherit everything in Ontario?

If you are legally married to your spouse and have no will in place they are entitled to receive the first $200,000.00 and a portion thereafter depending on how many children you have. If you have no children your spouse will inherit your entire estate. Your personal items will be [...]

2023-02-27T16:08:35-05:00February 27th, 2023|Estates and Estate Planning, Wills|

Passing on without plans in place: What happens to estates when there is no will.

Written By:  NANCY WOODS SPECIAL TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL   It’s always important to have a will. And that’s the case now more than ever. As I recently wrote, there’s been a legal change that will affect the wills of some couples who marry. Here are some scenarios that illustrate [...]

2023-02-17T16:30:45-05:00February 17th, 2023|Estates and Estate Planning, Wills|

A legal change on Jan. 1 will affect couples who marry and their wills.

Written by: NANCY WOODS AND NICK ESTERBAUER SPECIAL TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL   Once upon a time, John Doe married Mary Smith. They eventually had two children, Bobby and Susie. They were married for 20 years, and built a life together. They had a house, two cars and a dog, Rover. [...]

2023-02-17T16:32:07-05:00February 17th, 2023|Estates and Estate Planning, Wills|

What happens when there’s a dispute amongst executors?

It is important for executors to work together in order to ensure that the estate is managed properly and that the wishes of the deceased are carried out. When drafting your Will, a dispute resolution clause can be added to avoid any potential issues.  However, if there is a dispute [...]

2023-02-15T10:54:31-05:00February 15th, 2023|Estates and Estate Planning|

What to look for in wills that deal with property in different jurisdictions

Written by: LEAH GOLOB SPECIAL TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL Estate planning can be complicated. Estate planning when people have property in different jurisdictions can be a whole new challenge altogether. For financial advisors, knowing what to look for – and what might be missing – in client wills that [...]

2023-02-15T10:57:35-05:00February 13th, 2023|Estates and Estate Planning, Wills|

Estate Administration Services

We can offer four (4) types of services: Estate Consultation Legal fees starting at $350.00 + HST Our legal fees include: Meeting with you to discuss your needs; Reviewing the Will; Providing guidance on next steps necessary (ie. Registration of Survivorship Application or Filing an Estate Application). Preparing and Filing [...]

2023-02-15T11:04:46-05:00January 30th, 2023|Estates and Estate Planning, Wills|
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