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Friday, July 21, 2017

Unjust Enrichment and Common Law Spouses

BY VALERIE DYE  It is now known that common law couples are not automatically entitled to share in assets owned by the other common law...

Protecting Gifts and Inheritance During Marriage

BY VALERIE DYE In matrimonial proceedings, the general rule is that gifts and inheritances do not form part of net family property* and cannot be...

Using the Separation Agreement to Protect Your Estate

BY VALERIE DYE When parties execute a Separation Agreement their main intention is to outline their rights and obligation as it relates to issues such...

Litigating the Domestic Contract

BY VALERIE DYE  Domestic contracts, like other contracts are often challenged before the court. This happens largely, when, years after signing the contract one party...

Securing Rights Through Cohabitation Agreements

BY VALERIE DYE Part IV of the Family Law Act sets out provisions to allow persons to enter into agreements in order to regulate their...

Protection of Spousal Rights to the Matrimonial Home

BY VALERIE DYE  It is fairly well known that property owned by two persons as joint tenants (or jointly) attract the right of survivorship. This...

Administering the Estate of a Deceased Spouse-Avoiding Liability

BY VALERIE DYE  It is known that an Estate Trustee becomes liable for the debts of the deceased if the assets are distributed to beneficiaries...

Administering the Estate of a Deceased: Paying off Debts

BY VALERIE DYE One may obtain a Certificate of Appointment as Estate Trustee either with a will or without a will. The later appointment occurs...

Domestic Contracts and Why They Are Becoming More Popular

BY VALERIE DYE  Family law in Ontario is regulated by the Family Law Act and the Divorce Act. These Acts set out the laws relating...

Planning for the Care of Disabled Relatives – The Henson Trust

BY VALERIE DYE  In Estate planning it is important to give special consideration to the needs of a disabled child or relative. This is so...

Professional Development

The Power of Words

BY: KEISHA JOHNSON Sometimes we dismiss or discredit the power of words as hocus pocus. But the recent celebration of Father’s Day underscored to me...

How to Manage Use of Our Time Effectively and Prioritize the Important Over the...

BY: KEISHA JOHNSON It seems nearly impossible these days to manage the use of our time effectively so that the things that matter most get...

How to Clarify What Is My Purpose

BY: KEISHA JOHNSON Clarifying ‘what is my purpose’ is one of the biggest contentions people grapple with. If you’ve ever thought about this, you can probably...