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Kidnapped for Ransom

Posted in Estate & Trust, General Interest, Trustees
I recently came across an interesting article published by STEP titled “Held to Ransom” written by Robert Mack.  The article outlines several considerations for those setting up trusts in circumstances where it is conceivably possible that the beneficiary (or beneficiaries) of the trust could be kidnapped for ransom. While the prospect is not pleasant, in… Continue Reading

Cyberbullying Legislation Applied to Siblings in Estate Dispute

Posted in Estate & Trust, Executors and Trustees, General Interest, Litigation
Sibling rivalry coupled with the loss of a parent and an actual or perceived impropriety of one sibling in handling his or her estate can turn even the closest siblings into sparring adversaries. While such emotionally charged disputes often become heated, most siblings are able to maintain civility in their dealings. What happens when one… Continue Reading

Divided Success or “Loser” Should Pay

Posted in Continuing Legal Education, Estate & Trust, General Interest, Litigation
An interesting costs decision was recently rendered by the Honourable Justice Leitch in Brown, Dale and Shackleton v. Rigsby and Shackleton. This decision arose from a dispute between the children of the late Blanch Shackleton.  The Respondents held the power of attorney for their late mother and they were also appointed as the estate trustees… Continue Reading

A Coach’s Legacy

Posted in General Interest, In the News, Wills
Coach Dean Smith of National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball fame passed away on February 7, 2015.  The coach of such superstars as Michael Jordan will be remembered for 36 seasons with the University of North Carolina. Pursuant to Coach Smith’s Last Will and Testament, each varsity letterman who played for him was gifted the sum… Continue Reading

Alzheimer’s Disease: Can Ultrasound Technology Restore Memory?

Posted in Capacity, General Interest, In the News
I recently came across an article published in the Globe and Mail titled, Ultrasound shows new promise as Alzheimer’s treatment. The article describes how scientist are using ultrasound technology to break apart the neurotoxic amyloid plaques that typically result in memory loss and cognitive decline in those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. While still in the… Continue Reading

Yahoo Japan & End of Life Digital Planning

Posted in Beneficiary Designations, Estate Planning, General Interest, In the News
In today’s society, not only are individuals amassing vast digital assets, but they are also increasingly present on social media.  More than ever, when planning your estate it is important to consider what happens to digital assets and your social presence when you pass away.  The importance of these questions have been addressed prior on… Continue Reading

Insurance Policy Proceeds and Changes to the Estate Administration Tax Act

Posted in Estate & Trust, Executors and Trustees, General Interest
On February 27, 2015, I chaired a workshop titled, The Estate Administration Tax Act, 1998: New Reporting Requirements, which was provided as part of the LSUC’s Continuing Professional Development. As part of this workshop, our speakers, among other things, canvassed the various issues and concerns raised in relation to the introduction of the new Regulation,… Continue Reading

No Monkeying Around Here!

Posted in General Interest, In the News, Pets
Our blog has covered the topic of pets on a number of occasions, most recently the extravagant tale of Bella Mia Bolasny, a pampered Maltese who is set to inherit from her wealthy owner, or “mother”, Rose Ann Bolasny. There’s no question that pets become a part of the family, but is considering them children… Continue Reading

Moore v. Getahun 2015 ONCA 55: Appropriate Communication Between Counsel and Experts

Posted in General Interest, In the News, Litigation
The highly anticipated Court of Appeal decision in Moore v. Getahun was finally released on January 29, 2015.  Moore v. Getahun is an important appellate decision that dealt with the preparation and use of expert reports in the context of civil litigation. To make a long story short, the Court of Appeal has rejected the… Continue Reading

Have you registered your consent to be an organ donor?

Posted in Estate Planning, General Interest, Health / Medical
Today, in Ontario, over 1,500 people are on the waiting list for a life-saving organ transplant. One of these individuals dies every three days. Despite the overwhelming need for organs and tissues, Canada has one of the lowest rates of organ donation in the world.  While many countries including, Spain, Italy, Austria and Belgium have adopted… Continue Reading

Spending & Giving during the Holidays

Posted in Charities, General Interest, In the News
Last week I blogged about the holiday charitable giving spirit. I subsequently came across an article that addressed Canadian spending patterns during the holidays, including the disparity in holiday spending among affluent and average-income Canadians. Expenses around this time of year included gift buying, travelling and, of course, giving to charity. The BMO Harris Private… Continue Reading
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