trusts & estates law


  • Elder financial abuse a pressing issue

    Elder financial abuse a pressing issue

    Feb 26, 2018

    The investment industry must act now to get ahead of the growing problem of elder financial abuse, according to one of the authors of a major new study on the subject.

  • Judge calls for culture shift on consent motions

    Judge calls for culture shift on consent motions

    Feb 26, 2018

    Will challengers in Toronto could face a higher bar to obtain disclosure after an estates list judge called for a culture shift away from generic consent motions for directions that enable fishing expeditions by disgruntled beneficiaries.

  • Life support case raises questions for lawyers

    Life support case raises questions for lawyers

    Dec 11, 2017

    An Ontario judge has ordered costs personally against a lawyer who brought an emergency application to stop a hospital from taking her client off life support, despite having no instructions from him or his family to do so.

  • Need to retain original wills emphasized

    Need to retain original wills emphasized

    Nov 27, 2017

    An Ontario judge has found that a deceased woman, who had a $7-million estate, did not mean to revoke her will that made a retirement home’s foundation her beneficiary.

  • Estates in joint names opens up problems

    Estates in joint names opens up problems

    Oct 23, 2017

    An increasing number of estates are being put into joint names, in many cases as a means of avoiding probate taxes. Unfortunately, this can also mean that those estates become vulnerable, and the assets can be taken advantage of by the joint holder.

  • Lawyers can help stop abuse of power of attorney

    Lawyers can help stop abuse of power of attorney

    Oct 23, 2017

    Cases of elder abuse resulting in criminal charges have proven to be rare, and lawyers say that it’s frustrating when police don’t take matters seriously.

  • Issues highlighted with long-term care

    Issues highlighted with long-term care

    Oct 23, 2017

    The murders of eight residents in nursing homes in Southwestern Ontario by nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer has prompted the Ontario government to launch an inquiry into the safety and security of residents in the long-term care homes system.

  • Indian Act ‘paternalistic’ on will-making

    Indian Act ‘paternalistic’ on will-making

    Oct 23, 2017

    While most Canadians are free to dispose of property in a will, that right is circumscribed for those indigenous Canadians subject to the Indian Act who live on reserves. Lawyers say the impact of this can be problematic, but in some cases, it may actually prove more beneficial than being subject to a provincial regime.

  • Lawyer alleges LSUC probe violates solicitor-client privilege

    Mar 12, 2012
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