Lisa Laredo

About Lisa Laredo

Lisa Laredo is a Toronto-based wills & estates, real estate, and commercial lawyer. At Laredo Law, we have the experience and expertise to create the legal structures that will serve your business now and into the future.

Help! I don’t want to be an executor

A family member or close friend passes away and amidst your grief you discover that you have been named executor of their estate. You’re shocked, because you didn’t know that you had been named as executor in their will. (Rule number one when writing your will: always ask your executor before appointing them.) We won’t [...]

By |2019-04-03T16:05:34+00:00April 18th, 2019|

It’s spring cleaning time! Add ‘write my will’ to your list

For most of us, spring cleaning means a chance to declutter, downsize and simplify. It’s about new beginnings and fresh starts and there’s definitely a certain feeling of satisfaction that comes with checking off each item on the to-do list. So, what’s on your spring to-do list? Because if you don’t have a will, writing [...]

By |2019-04-03T15:54:27+00:00April 4th, 2019|

Blended families complicate estate planning

You already know that dying without a will is the safest way to ensure that you have absolutely no options whatsoever as to how your estate is to be divided. (And if you really didn’t know that, then read about what happens when you die without a will before reading on.) However, depending on your [...]

By |2019-04-03T18:25:35+00:00February 28th, 2019|

5 Common Will Drafting Mistakes

Write your will right and it will do exactly what you want and need it to do when you die. Your will is your roadmap to your loved ones and a properly written will ensures that your death doesn’t create a legal or administrative burden on your family. Write it wrong and your family may [...]

By |2019-04-03T18:34:45+00:00January 28th, 2019|

What are the duties of an executor?

Being appointed executor of an estate is a big job. While the official definition of the role sounds fairly straight-forward — gather up the estate assets, pay the deceased’s debts and divide what remains of the deceased’s estate among beneficiaries — the actual effort involved in these three tasks is far greater than it sounds. [...]

By |2019-04-03T18:30:09+00:00December 28th, 2018|

Choose the right executor for your estate

One of the many important decisions you need to make when making a will is choosing an executor for your estate. This is the person who will wind up your affairs. Choosing poorly may not only affect the distribution of your life savings but may also affect your family’s well-being after you are gone. The [...]

By |2019-04-03T18:41:28+00:00November 29th, 2018|

When did you last update your will?

If you’ve written a will—congratulations—you are amongst the half of Canadian adults who say they’ve written a will. If you are amongst the other 50% of Canadians, read here to find out why you don’t want to die without one. But here’s a question for everyone who does have a will — is it up-to-date? [...]

By |2019-04-03T18:41:02+00:00October 30th, 2018|

Always review a current status certificate before buying a condo

Buying a condo is not the same as buying a house. With a condo, there are a few extra details you should check before signing the deal. A crucial one is the status certificate. Here’s why. One woman we know simply had her lawyer review the status certificate’s summary page before getting the go-ahead to [...]

By |2018-09-27T20:00:56+00:00September 30th, 2018|

The Perils of Do-It-Yourself Wills

Have you ever thought about using an online service to write a will instead of hiring a lawyer to draft one for you? After all, dozens of websites offer to make will-writing fast and easy so maybe you’re asking yourself, how bad can it be? Bad. We knew of a man who decided to save [...]

By |2018-07-23T22:59:38+00:00September 1st, 2018|

5 Bad Things That Could Happen if You Die Without a Will

Do you know what happens if you die without a will? Here’s the story of one family who learned the hard way. In this family, the grandmother (who had a will) died. While the estate was being settled, her adult daughter died, leaving behind three children in their early 20s. When the daughter died, her [...]

By |2018-07-28T15:14:44+00:00July 30th, 2018|