The CPP Child Rearing Dropout and its Impact on Survivor Benefits
This article was first published on All About Estates (allaboutestates.ca/cpp-child-rearing-dropout-impact-survivor-benefits) Today’s blog was written by Monique J. Charlebois, a bilingual lawyer with more than 20 years of experience practicing Ontario [...]
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Ontario Testators with Assets in France: Which Law Will Apply?
(Edited translation of article written by Margot Pitou, Master DRHPS (Univ. de Versailles, France), Research Assistant to Monique J. Charlebois. The original article is posted in the French language blog [...]
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Why Millennials Need an Estate Plan
(Prepared with the assistance of Siyamson Pathmanathan, Summer Law Student) Things are tougher now for the under-35 crew.  I hear about it in the news.  I see it in my [...]
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Alternatives for managing an incapable person’s finances in Ontario
Last year, an elderly gentleman called me with the following problem. His dear wife was now in a fairly advanced stage of dementia and was not capable of signing a [...]
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The Importance of having a Continuing Power of Attorney for Property
The Importance of having a Continuing Power of Attorney for Property Q – True or False : “Your spouse or parent can automatically take over their loved one’s finances if [...]
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Part 3: Five things I want you to know about Estates Law in Ontario
When I speak to audiences about estates law, the same incorrect assumptions keep coming up. Here are five things I want you to know. #1. FACT: A common-law spouse in Ontario will [...]
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Part 2: Can I handwrite a Will?
Bravo. You have decided that you will get on with it and write a Will. Now, you are thinking about doing it yourself, writing down what you want to have [...]
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Part 1: Does every adult need a Will?
Studies show that many Canadian adults do not have a Will. We can speculate about why people avoid this task. Perhaps they lack motivation, don’t want to think about their [...]
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Is there an ‘inheritance’ tax in Ontario?
A beneficiary abroad may be subject to their own inheritance taxes when they receive a legacy from Canada. They may wish to avoid double taxation and seek information about the [...]
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Finding information about an estate or a will in Ontario
There is no official register or repository of Wills in the Province of Ontario. Wills can be drafted by any lawyer and are often prepared (usually with errors) by non-lawyers, [...]
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