Wills and Estates Posts


 

Dealing With the Assets of a Deceased Person

Written by on February 14, 2018

Administering the estate of a family member or loved one who has passed away is always a difficult task. This process can be made more challenging if the deceased person did not leave a will or if a process often known as “probate” is required. “Probate” is a court process now known in Ontario as […]
 

 

Writing Your Own Will

Written by on December 7, 2017

There are no legal requirements in the Province of Ontario that state that a will must be written by a lawyer. The law specifically provides for a “holograph” will, which is a document written entirely in the handwriting of the person making the will. Even a typed document can be prepared without a legal professional, […]
 

 

Can I avoid Estate Tax by putting my child on title to my home with me?

Written by on November 25, 2016

Can I avoid Estate Tax by putting my child on title to my home with me? We all like to avoid paying taxes and the idea of being taxed because you died seems even more distasteful. So what can you do to get the bad taste out of your mouth? Conceptually, the answer is fairly […]
 

 

The Importance of a Will

Written by on November 10, 2016

The importance of a will cannot be understated. An up-to-date and properly written will can simplify settling an estate after a person’s death, while ensuring that the deceased’s wishes are carried out and desired beneficiaries receive their inheritances. There are a number of different clauses that can be included in a will to tailor it […]
 

 

Ok, I have made my Will, now what?

Written by on October 19, 2016

For many people, the decision to make a Will is a difficult one. Contemplating and planning for what you want to happen to your material belongings after you pass can feel like a morbid exercise. Most people, having made the decision to put this exercise behind them give a sigh of relief once they have gotten through the Will interview […]