Common Trust Issues

One of the first steps in our estate planning process is meeting with clients to obtain instructions for their Wills and Powers of Attorney. Part of this meeting entails clients telling us what it is they want to achieve and us explaining how this can be accomplished (or why it cannot be accomplished as the case may be). …

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Will my son-in-law or daughter-in-law have access to the inheritance I leave my child in the event of their divorce?

When explaining the purpose of various clauses in clients’ Wills with them, one clause that always seems to peak clients’ interest is the “Community of Property” clause. Essentially, this clause can help protect a beneficiary’s property from ending up in the hands of that beneficiary’s ex-spouse. This is understandably an important consideration for many clients…

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Estates errors: Common will drafting mistakes part 2

David Mills has seen his fair share of badly drafted wills. David says the legal profession’s fondness for one of the world’s historical languages often causes problems for testators and their beneficiaries. Mills says two Latin phrases: per stirpes and per capita; frequently appear in wills but their use can trip up both lawyers and non-lawyers alike. Read about why…

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Have you sued a Ford, lately?

It’s been about a week since Doug Ford won the provincial election. Yet it’s not all good news for Mr. Ford. In fact, on the eve of the election, Renata Ford, the spouse of the late Rob Ford, commenced a civil action against our Premier-designate for breach of trust and conspiracy in connection with his…

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