Estate Planning

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  • You can’t take it with you, as the saying goes. Once you die, you leave behind all your carefully amassed assets, property and, unfortunately, debts.read more »
  • Some people prefer to keep things simple when making a will. It doesn’t get much simpler than a holographic will, but be warned: they’re attractively simple, but not always legal.read more »
  • A do-not-resuscitate order (DNR), the directive to refuse emergency lifesaving medical treatment for terminally ill patients, can be invaluable for clarifying your wishes and avoiding disputes, but ...read more »
  • It’s likely that at some point you will need someone to act on your behalf. Whether it’s buying a house, running a business or managing your long-term care, a power of attorney may be required.read more »
  • If you need a lawyer, you should be aware of what a good one can do for you. They will carefully review your legal issue and consider all the options that are available to you. Once you have decided ...read more »
  • While each province and territory has its own laws governing wills and estates, they are fairly consistent across Canada. Those laws largely protect the will and its testator — the person writing it ...read more »
  • While creating a will is a standard part of estate planning, trusts are becoming increasingly popular for some of the different advantages they offer.read more »
  • When writing their will, testators often include conditions or restrictions to control how their assets are bequeathed, but there are limits. They may be your assets, but you can’t impose any ...read more »
  • The disappearance of a loved is an emotionally devastating experience that could result in the painful and complex process of proving their death.read more »
  • In simple terms, probate is the process of legally validating a will and processing it through court. Probating a will is not necessarily mandatory in Canada, and there can be significant costs to ...read more »