12 Reasons to get a Will and Power of Attorney

On the first day of Christmas, your favourite lawyer gave to you 12 reasons to get a Will and POA:  It’s never been easier: During the pandemic, Wills can even be witnessed online.  Take control: You decide who gets your property…and who doesn’t! Otherwise, it’s essentially the government who decides, via Ontario’s Succession Law Reform [...]

By |2020-12-26T15:16:54+00:00December 26th, 2020|

Bring big-city mindset to rural real estate deals

Don’t skimp on your legal due diligence when buying your dream home in the country.  Homebuyers have always known that they can get a much bigger bang for their buck the further they’re prepared to travel from the city.  But the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic appears to have spurred more Torontonians to actually follow through and purchase property [...]

By |2020-12-04T00:10:58+00:00December 3rd, 2020|

POAs are inexpensive but vitally important

A power of attorney is by far the most underrated instrument in the legal world. There are few documents a lawyer can draw up less expensively, and even fewer that end up being more critical in a client’s life. The only problem I find with POAs is that people don’t realize how much they [...]

By |2020-11-26T21:04:59+00:00November 26th, 2020|

When can I challenge a will?

Will challenges are not as easy as they look. U.K. news outlet The Independent reported on a study by a life insurance provider that found one in every five Britons, or more than 12 million people, would challenge a family member’s will if they were unhappy with their inheritance. The company’s analysis of local [...]

By |2020-08-13T21:07:38+00:00August 13th, 2020|

5 Reasons You Need a Power of Attorney for Property

Power of Attorney (POA) documents are incredibly important. Without them, should you no longer be mentally or physically capable of making decisions on your own, the courts and/or governments determine what happens to you and your property, and who gets to make those decisions. In a previous post, we looked at the reasons for needing [...]

By |2019-09-03T18:02:14+00:00May 31st, 2018|

Reasons to write a Power of Attorney for personal care

A Power of Attorney (POA) for personal care is a legal document that gives someone you trust the right to make medical decisions on your behalf, if and when you are no longer mentally or physically capable of making decisions on your own. It’s one of the three most important documents everyone should have (the [...]

By |2019-09-03T18:02:26+00:00May 16th, 2018|

Everything you need to know about naming a POA

Everything you need to know about naming a POA * This article does not replace legal advice and is meant to be for information purposes only. Please consult us or any other legally trained professional when navigating the complexities around writing a POA. Two of the three most important documents every person should have are [...]

By |2019-09-03T19:47:03+00:00August 8th, 2017|

Elder abuse under the guise of a POA is all too common

While awareness of elder abuse is on the rise, sadly, its prevalence is not falling. Spotting this kind of abuse is not all that easy though, because neglect and financial abuse may come under the guise of a Power of Attorney (POA). Consider this possible scenario. Variations of this scenario happen more frequently than most [...]

By |2019-09-03T19:48:38+00:00June 30th, 2017|

Beware the dangers of a continuing power of attorney

In this article, I wish to discuss some of the dangers that may arise out of granting a continuing power of attorney for property under the Substitute Decisions Act (SDA). See full article at https://www.thelawyersdaily.ca/articles/2937  

By |2019-09-03T18:46:51+00:00May 1st, 2017|

Use caution when granting power of attorney for property

Powers of attorney are often granted in anticipation of an individual becoming incapable of managing property, but as Toronto wills and estates lawyer Lisa Laredo writes in The Lawyer’s Daily, there are risks associated with granting a continuing power of attorney for property under the Substitute Decisions Act (SDA). “The SDA sets out that an [...]

By |2019-11-29T17:51:51+00:00May 1st, 2017|
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