Wills & Estates Blog


Know your rights with online obituary sites

Online obituaries are turning into a bit of a minefield for the families of recently deceased loved ones.CBC News recently reported on the family of John Rothwell and their run-in with a funeral home and marketing company making money off their online tribute to the pancreatic cancer victim. Rothwell’s son

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McDonald’s napkin recognized as a valid will

Just because a court can recognize a note written on a fast food restaurant napkin as a valid will doesn’t mean you should make it your estate plan.  According to a recent ruling from Saskatchewan, Philip Langanjotted down his wishes at a Yorkton McDonald’s outlet several months before his actual death, during what he thought was a heart attack.  The napkin note, which the man signed but left undated, called for his property

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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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