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Canada’s common-law couple boom calls for estates action

Canada’s common-law couple boom must be matched by a wave of new estate plans if spouses want to be protected when their partners die. Over the last few decades, common-law couples have gone from the fringes to the mainstream. While they accounted for just 6 per cent of spousal relationships

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Big changes, small impact as probate process overhauled

Applying for probate in Ontario has just become a little simpler, but it’s still not an attractive prospect for estate trustees. The provincial government recently announced changes to the Rules of Civil Procedure that eliminate most of the estate court forms previously required to apply for probate, cutting the total

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Complex estates may call for a corporate executor

Testators with complex or contentious estates should think about appointing a corporateexecutor. Trust companies are certainly a more expensive option: you can expect them to charge a fee ofas much as five per cent of all assets that flow through the estate, compared with a trustedfriend or family member who

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Mailbox real estate offers flatter to deceive

Think twice before responding to a mailbox offer for your home.  If you’ve ever received one of these unsolicited bids, which often come in the form of handwritten notes decorated with dollar signs, you should comfort yourself in the knowledge that you live in an area that’s in high demand. 

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Bill C-208 boosts family business succession planning

Keeping your small business in the family just got a lot more attractive after the passage of recent tax law amendments. Bill C-208, one of the rare private member’s bills to make it onto the statute books, changes the treatment of intergenerational share transfers for small businesses, family farms or

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