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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,

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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

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Eliminate joint-account confusion to avoid estate litigation

Parents could be sowing the seeds of a future estate battle when they set up a joint bank account with a child. There are good estate planning reasons for owning property jointly with a beneficiary – it can be an effective way to transfer funds while avoiding the 1.5 per-cent probate tax otherwise payable on assets in a person’s estate.

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Take care when selecting an executor

Administering an estate is no cakewalk, so make sure your choice for executor knows what they’re getting themselves into ahead of time.  There is no doubt that the responsibility associated with the position of estate trustee calls for the appointment of someone you know well and trust implicitly.  But there’s

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