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Campaign seeks to boost charitable giving in wills

A national campaign wants to take charitable giving via a will mainstream. Will Power, which is led by the Canadian Association of Gift Planners and supported by at least 500 charities, has set itself the goal of raising $40 billion through testamentary charitable gifts by Canadians over the next decade.

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Why you may need a ‘Titanic’ clause in your will

Contemplating your own death is hard enough for most people, but spouses drafting wills should consider the possibility they will die together.  The chances of an accident or disaster that claims both spouses’ lives may not be very high, but nobody can predict the future, and we’ve probably all heard

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In-person or online will-making? You decide!

It’s always great to have options, and recent developments have given our clients fresh choices when it comes to how they draw up their estate plans.  One of the better side-effects of the Covid-19 pandemic has been the establishment of virtual wills in Ontario. When the first lockdown confined us

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Tech companies update post-death policies

Testators need to get proactive about their digital legacies as tech companies update their rules for what can and can’t be done with accounts after a user’s death.  Professional networking site LinkedIn recently followed the lead of Facebook, giving users the option to permanently delete their account when they die,

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Surprise beneficiary of $1-billion estate sparks potential litigation

Unexpected beneficiaries are a recipe for estate litigation, as the simmering dispute over a publishing magnate’s $1-billion estate shows.  Following his death this summer, it was revealed that Richard Robinson, the owner of Scholastic – the publishing juggernaut known by any parent of elementary-age children – left control of the

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Legal advice for testators more important than ever as Ontario scraps strict compliance

Getting legal advice is more important than ever for testatorsafter Ontario moved a step closer to recognizing unconventional wills.   The Ford administration’s recently passed Bill 245, the Accelerating Access to Justice Act, moves the province from a “strict compliance” regime to one of “substantial compliance,” which means that judges can now validate wills that would otherwise have

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