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POA Abuse Affects All Ages

Posted in In the News, Power of Attorney
When one thinks about the abuse and misuse of Powers of Attorney (“POAs“), the scenario that typically comes to mind involves an older, incapable adult falling victim to younger neighbours or family members.  However, a recent story in the news highlights that POA abuse can affect individuals of all ages and levels of mental capacity. … Continue Reading

Where in the World is Casey Kasem?

Posted in Executors and Trustees, Funerals, General Interest, In the News
The legendary Top 40 Countdown DJ, Casey Kasem, passed away in June, 2014 after a dramatic Hollywood style guardianship dispute between Casey’s wife, Jean Kasem, and his daughter from a prior relationship, Kerri Kasem.  The “dad-knapping” of this famous American from California to Seattle while he was still alive has already been covered by our … Continue Reading

Family Tensions with Wills and Estates

Posted in Elder Law, In the News
This past Sunday’s episode of CBC’s Sunday Edition, which aired on November 23, featured a discussion on family feuds over wills and estates. The discussion focused around the reality and consequences of the inter-generational transfer of wealth between Canadians. The program’s guests, Jan Goddard and Laura Tamblyn Watts, highlighted some areas of note that can … Continue Reading

Nova Scotia on the brink of making a bold move to increase rates of organ donation

Posted in Estate & Trust, Ethical Issues, Health / Medical, In the News, Uncategorized
Organ donation rates across Canada are dismal, really. Canada consistently ranks in the bottom half of industrialized countries where transplants are performed. Many factors affect donation and procurement rates. Spain, Portugal, France and Austria have high organ donation rates because these countries have adopted a ‘presumed consent’ framework whereby organs and tissues are essentially considered … Continue Reading

Art & Taxes

Posted in Estate Planning, In the News
Almost everyone is required to pay some sort of tax.  As such, it seems logical to set up a method to allow as many people as possible to pay their taxes.  Where does it make more sense than in Italy, the land of Michelangelo and Raphael, to allow people to use art to pay tax. … Continue Reading

Aging population could have its benefits

Posted in Elder Law, In the News
Suzana Popovic-Montag has previously blogged about the impact of Canada’s aging population on the healthcare system, the prison system, and various industries, such as farming.  The aging workforce has the potential to leave jobs unfilled, while many believe that our health care system, in its current state, does not have the capacity to deal with … Continue Reading

Obituaries, Funerals, and Grave Markers

Posted in Funerals, In the News
The death of Larry Frazer has been in the news this past week.  His memorial had been booked for September 29th at the St. Patrick Parish Centre hall, when the family received a phone call indicating that the Church had cancelled the booking on the basis of the late Mr. Frazer’s obituary photograph, which depicted … Continue Reading

“Death Row Dinners” – Bad Taste?

Posted in In the News
A London “pop-up” restaurant planned to recreate and sell dinners requested by death row prisoners as their last meal.  However, criticism lead to the event’s possible cancellation before it was even held. According to the organizers, the event was to serve “a five course feast of their culinary twists on some of death rows [sic] … Continue Reading

Could time limited marriages be in our future?

Posted in In the News
Marriage is outdated. At least that’s what one article published this week in the Globe and Mail would have you believe. Citing the ever rising divorce rate, together with a younger generation that has “abandoned committed relationships”, the author asks whether it is time that we re-think the legal framework of marriage. One possible solution … Continue Reading

Bringing Awareness to Death

Posted in Estate Planning, In the News
I recently came across two vastly different approaches with respect  to increasing awareness around death.  As this is an obvious foray into estates, these activities clearly shed light on estate planning and end of life decisions. Death Dinners As the title indicates, a website called Let’s Have Dinner and Talk About Death invites individuals to … Continue Reading

The Giving Pledge

Posted in Charities, Estate Planning, In the News
Warren Buffet, Bill and Melinda Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Elon Musk are undisputedly household names known throughout the world for their cunning business knowledge, entrepreneurship, and of course their vast fortune.  However, an additional trait shared amongst them all is their charitable spirit.  This is best exemplified through The Giving Pledge, which is a commitment … Continue Reading

Facilitating Access to Palliative Care

Posted in Elder Law, In the News
Certain elder law issues, such as estate planning and assisted death, are often the focus of discussions with respect to individuals who are terminally ill.  However, despite its impact on end-of-life quality, the issue of accessibility of palliative care continues to be a secondary consideration that receives relatively little attention. Gaining access to high-quality palliative … Continue Reading

The Importance of Prudent Funeral Planning

Posted in Funerals, In the News
Teenager Rueshad Grant was tragically killed at last year’s Toronto Caribbean Festival (Caribana) when he fell underneath the wheels of a float. Funeral costs are typically paid out of the Estate but when the deceased is a teenager, their assets are usually insufficient to cover the costs of a funeral.  Under these circumstances, the family … Continue Reading

The UK Inheritance Tax Debate

Posted in Estate & Trust, In the News
When a resident of the United Kingdom dies, his or her estate may be depleted by the payment of significant levels of inheritance tax.  Though not unique to the UK, inheritance tax is a subject of concern for a great proportion of the British population who expect to receive assets left to them by aging … Continue Reading

Judge Decides the Sale of the L.A. Clippers

Posted in Capacity, Executors and Trustees, General Interest, In the News, Litigation, Trustees, Uncategorized
In the latest high profile trust dispute to hit the courts, the Los Angeles County Superior Court has ruled in favour of Rochelle “Shelley” Sterling thereby giving her the authority to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer for a ground breaking amount of $2 billion dollars on July 28, 2014. Our in-house sports … Continue Reading
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