September 22, 2019

Investments Under Power of Attorney

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ESTATE ADMINISTRATION – INVESTMENTS UNDER POWER OF ATTORNEY

An Attorney acting under a Power of Attorney for Property is required to be careful with investments. If the Power of Attorney for Property of the incapacitated person gives specific authority to make certain types of investments, an attorney can make those investments. Otherwise, an attorney should assume that they will be held liable by the incapacitated person or the beneficiaries of their estate when they die (even though they may not actually be liable) for any losses and invest conservatively. [Read more…]

Probate Tax – How much does it cost?

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PROBATE TAX – WHAT IS IT AND HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

What is Probate tax? It is a provincial tax imposed on the deceased’s estate under the control of an executor or administrator.

How much will the probate tax be on an estate? Here is a simple approach to calculating the tax. [Read more…]

No Will, Spouse or Children: Where Do Your Assets Go on Death?

NO WILL AND NO OBVIOUS HEIRS? NOW WHAT?

Contrary to popular belief, the government does not automatically take the assets of a person who dies without a will leaving no spouse or children to inherit. The Succession Law Reform Act provides for parents, siblings, nieces and nephews to inherit if no spouse or children survived the deceased. Even if a person dies leaving no parents, siblings, nieces, or nephews, the government would not be next in line for a deceased’s assets. [Read more…]

CPP Survivor’s Pension

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ESTATE ADMINISTRATION – CPP SURVIVOR’S PENSION

If your spouse contributed to CPP, you may be eligible to receive a CPP survivor’s pension. To qualify you must be the legal or common law spouse of the deceased.

The amount of the pension can be a bit confusing to determine. The following link to the Service Canada Website will help you figure it out.

https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/publicpensions/cpp/cpp-benefit/amount.html 

[Read more…]

Non-continuing Power of Attorney for Property

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NON-CONTINUING POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR PROPERTY

If your Power of Attorney does not specifically indicate that it is a Continuing Power of Attorney for Property or say that it allows the people you name to continue to act for you in the event of mental incapacity, the Power of Attorney will be valid only so long as you are mentally capable.

CONTACT US

Feel free to contact us at any point for assistance or advice with respect to Estate Law, Estate Planning, Estate Administration or Estate Litigation. We may be reached at 705-435-4339 / 1-877-85LEGAL (1-877-855-3425) or contact us via email.

Last Will Dated Before 1978

ESTATE PLANNING – DOES YOUR LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT PREDATE 1978?

Was your Last Will and Testament made before March 31 1978? Then read THIS!

If your Will:
a. Was made before March 31, 1978;
b. provides for some of your estate to ‘flow through’ to children or other descendants of named beneficiaries; and
c. does not specifically include children born out of wedlock (e.g. children of a common law couple)

[Read more…]

Mediation in Estate Litigation

WHY USE MEDIATION INSTEAD OF LITIGATION?

Estate litigation is becoming increasingly popular in Ontario. Estate litigation relates to many different aspects of an estate including:

  • Whether or not the deceased had the capacity to make a Will;
  • Whether someone forced the deceased to make changes to their Will which benefited some beneficiaries and not others;
  • Whether those who acted under Power of Attorney before the deceased passed away dealt with the assets properly and had accounted for them;
  • Whether an executor is properly administering an estate;
  • Just about any other aspect of an estate that you can imagine. [Read more…]

Power of Attorney With Only One Witness

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POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR PROPERTY WITH ONLY ONE WITNESS

Prior to 1995 the law did not require 2 witnesses to a Power of Attorney for Property. The law was changed in 1995 to require 2 witnesses.

Provided a pre-1995 Power of Attorney for Property otherwise complies with the Rules which existed at the time, it is not invalid because it only has 1 witness.

CONTACT US

Feel free to contact us at any point for assistance or advice with respect to Estate Law, Estate Planning, Estate Administration or Estate Litigation. We may be reached at 705-435-4339 / 1-877-85LEGAL (1-877-855-3425) or contact us via email.

Holograph Will – Write your own Will

WRITING YOUR OWN WILL IS REFERRED TO AS A HOLOGRAPH WILL

Contrary to popular belief, an Ontario Will may be valid even if there are no witnesses to the Will.

If a Will is made entirely in the handwriting of the testator (person making the Will) and signed by that person, no witnesses are required to sign the Will. Such a Will is called a Holograph Will. [Read more…]

Using a Power of Attorney to Close a Real Estate Transaction

IT IS BECOMING MORE DIFFICULT TO USE A POA TO CLOSE A REAL ESTATE DEAL

People who are buying or selling a house may consider having a Power of Attorney so someone else can sign for them if they are not going to be around to sign the closing documents. The use of Powers of Attorney to close purchase, sale or mortgage transactions is becoming increasingly difficult. [Read more…]