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No will + wrong executor = court battle

People who die without a will could be sowing the seeds of a wasteful court battle over their estate, as the family of an Ontario man recently discovered.  When Bernold Summers – the deceased in a recent case concerning his estate – died without drafting a will, he gave up

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Handwritten will declared invalid by Ontario judge

Just because the law allows for a testator to hand-write their own will does not make it a good idea, as a recent court decision shows. Like laws in other jurisdictions, Ontario’s Succession Law Reform Act has long provided for the recognition of unwitnessed documents known as Holograph Wills. However,

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Ontario falling behind on digital assets legislation

Ontario is playing catch-up as other Canadian jurisdictions lead the way on digital assets legislation.  More and more of our lives are being lived online, but many testators are still prone to forgetting this new class of property when drafting a will. For the friends and family left behind, it

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DIY wills fuel spike in UK inheritance disputes

Canadians should take heed after Do-it-yourself wills were blamed for a post-pandemic spike in U.K. will challenges.  According to a news report by the London-based Financial Times, a freedom of information request by local law firm Nockolds revealed that almost 10,000 challenges were made to the distribution of inherited estates

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Update your will before travel

Canadians with vacation plans should add an extra item to their pre-travel checklist: update your will. Every winter, millions of Canadians head south to escape the winter weather – some for months at a time. Few would give a second thought before purchasing travel insurance to protect themselves should the

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