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In a recent decision of the BC Supreme Court, Heathfield v. St. Jacques, 2015 BCSC 505, Madam Justice Ballance considered a claim to vary a will that was made when the personal circumstances of the will-maker were vastly different than those in existence at the time of his death.
Schnurr Kirsh Schnurr Oelbaum Tator LLP
The recent decision in Spence v. BMO Trust Company raises very interesting questions about testamentary freedom and the power of the courts to remedy wills which contravene public policy.
Torkin Manes LLP
In Willick v. Willick, the Supreme Court of Canada held that in deciding whether the conditions for a variation exist, "it is common ground that the change must be a material change of circumstances".
Torkin Manes LLP
Family law seeks to define the rights and obligations of individual family members based on societal interests at large.
Cox & Palmer
Justice Boudreau of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court was called upon to assess this issue in the matter of B.M. v. K.S.
Clark Wilson LLP
Remarkable advancements in medical care over the past decades have significantly increased the life expectancy of Canadians.
Minden Gross LLP
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Since becoming a volunteer at Covenant House, I have witnessed firsthand the dedication and sincerity of the staff as they interact with the youth at the drop-in centre.
Clark Wilson LLP
A person dying without a legally valid will is deemed to have died "intestate".
Clark Wilson LLP
The federal government recently announced amendments to the Income Tax Act (Canada) that will provide greater flexibility with respect to charitable gifts that are made in a will.
Clark Wilson LLP
The following is a short story based on true events that happened to clients of mine.
Clark Wilson LLP
Raman Johal worked closely with the Leave a Legacy Vancouver program of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners to help build awareness for Make a Will Week (MAWW)...
Clark Wilson LLP
Your will provides the opportunity to ensure that after your death your final wishes are given effect. Needless to say, your will should actually reflect your final wishes.
Lerners
If you're thinking of selling your matrimonial home, then you should be aware of the following considerations in the Family Law Act (FLA).
Collins Barrow National Incorporated
The federal government has passed new legislation that could have a dramatic impact on how your estate is taxed.
Clark Wilson LLP
Recent media reports state that Dean Smith, coach of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels basketball team, left a gift of $200 to each former letterman player that he coached.
Clark Wilson LLP
Historically, the parens patriae doctrine (which literally means "parent of the country") vested the Court with the authority to make orders in the best interests of children that were in need of protection.
Minden Gross LLP
In 2013, the Department of Finance proposed to eliminate most tax benefits that have traditionally been available to certain trusts formed on the death of an individual.
Clark Wilson LLP
When an individual makes a gratuitous transfer of money or property (other than to a spouse or dependent child), the law presumes that the transfer is not intended as a gift.
Clark Wilson LLP
Sometimes the executor or administrator of an estate cannot act immediately. For example, the probate process may be stalled.
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Snowbirds who decide to buy U.S. real estate may run into a host of cross-border tax traps, problems, and pitfalls.
Crowe Soberman LLP
This year's budget proposes generally modest tax changes including the reduction or elimination of certain business tax credits, and the introduction of measures to parallel the recent federal provisions related to the taxation of testamentary trusts and estates.
Collins Barrow National Incorporated
Trusts are important tools in Canadian tax and estate planning. Discretionary family trusts, in particular, have become common and are continually evolving.
Clark Wilson LLP
A person dying without a legally valid will is deemed to have died "intestate".
Minden Gross LLP
In 2013, the Department of Finance proposed to eliminate most tax benefits that have traditionally been available to certain trusts formed on the death of an individual.
Collins Barrow National Incorporated
The federal government has passed new legislation that could have a dramatic impact on how your estate is taxed.
Lerners
If you're thinking of selling your matrimonial home, then you should be aware of the following considerations in the Family Law Act (FLA).
Dentons (Canada)
In advising potential art donors I find my clients are surprised when I ask "Are you the owner of the art?" At times there is no quick or obvious answer.
Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP
Estate freezes are a common tool in the estate and tax planner’s toolkit.
WeirFoulds LLP
Back in 2012, we published an article forewarning about the proposed changes to the Estate Administration Tax Act in Bill 173.
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