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Friday, July 21, 2017

Do I Need My Spouses Consent to Sever a Joint Tenancy?

BY VALERIE DYE  Jointly held real estate property is convenient for the reason that it has the right of survivorship which means that if one...

Buying Property With Someone Else? What You Need To Know?

BY VALERIE DYE When more than one person has title to the same property, such title can be owned by the parties either as joint...

Dealing with Family Law issues outside the Courts

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...

What Happens If I Do Not Have A Will?

BY VALERIE DYE  The main reason for having a will is to ensure that your estate is distributed in accordance with your wishes. Contrary to...

Reducing Estate Administration Tax through Multiple Wills

BY VALERIE DYE Although persons generally have only one valid will at a given time it is not uncommon for persons to have multiple wills....

Providing for Beneficiaries in Blended Families – The Spousal Trust

BY VALERIE DYE  In the last publication I touched on the use of mutual wills to deal with issues affecting blended families. One of the...

Providing for Beneficiaries in Blended Families – The Mutual Will

BY VALERIE DYE  The term ‘Blended Family’ is used to refer to families consisting of married couples and their children from previous relationships. This type...

Is Your Will Fool Proof? How To Avoid Challenges To Wills

BY VALERIE DYE  Most people recognize the importance of having a will to ensure that their estate is managed smoothly after they die. Unfortunately, having...

Disinherited? Not So Fast!

BY VALERIE DYE  It is not uncommon to hear of someone being disinherited.  This disinheritance may occur in a number of ways.  The testator may...

The Curtailment of Testamentary Freedom in the Interest of Dependant’s Claims

BY VALERIE DYE As seen in the previous publication the principle of testamentary freedom is not an absolute one and the courts in Canada may...

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...