Wills and Estates

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Many pieces of advice for responding to the coronavirus pandemic are notably deaf to the country’s affordable housing crisis. “Stay at home!” is something many people plaster on social media or voice in-person, and while it’s not bad advice, it’s not possible for everyone. If you have a home, then yes, you should stay in it as much as possible until the pandemic passes.
COVID-19 led to a massive rise in debt, especially that of residential tenants. The reasons are fairly apparent. The pandemic externally shocked the economic system, restricting the kinds of economic activities people could safely do. The resultant risks and lockdown measures led to quick drops in production and demand, leading to rising unemployment. The unemployment cut peoples’ income streams, but there was no proportionate relief in expenses.

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in serious implications for economies all over the world as countries struggled to cope with the rising infection rates and implemented social distancing measures. The unemployment rates increased significantly in the last few years as people were unable to continue working...

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, many people have found themselves in an unprecedented situation in terms of their social, personal, and financial lives. They have been scrambling to find alternative solutions for the economic downturn, which accompanied the pandemic, as many people experienced...

According to a survey, over 63% of Canadians have experienced a negative financial impact during the coronavirus pandemic due to lack of business or losing their jobs. The widespread financial disruption has resulted in people looking for alternative solutions to save money. In times like these, the...

Getting Wills and Powers of Attorney While Maintaining Physical Distancing Physical distancing has made getting valid Wills and Powers of Attorney for Property and Personal Care (POA's) more challenging than ever. That's because face-to-face meetings with lawyers and witnesses are not likely to happen. Thankfully, McGuinty Law...

Is assisted death becoming a treatment for depression and the loss of hope rather than a tragic consequence of the two? Shouldn't we focus on better palliative care, rather than medically assisted death? According to a new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), 96...

About Mental Capacity Rules around testamentary capacity in Ontario state that the capacity required to create a valid will in the Province of Ontario is the highest degree of mental capacity at law (Re Banton). The testator must have a “sound disposing mind” to understand and...

Knowledge and Approval To establish testamentary capacity, the testator must have both knowledge and approval of the contents of his or her will. Approval suggests voluntariness. However, it is possible to have capacity that is not subject to undue influence, and yet still be unaware of...

The Elisabeth Bruyère Hospital’s complex palliative care facility has come under scrutiny in the Ottawa Citizen recently. The subtext seems to be that the Bruyère is a publicly funded institution, so it should permit medical assistance in dying (MAID) and related consultations on its premises...

The new reality of palliative care in which we are living reminds me of the following tale. There once was a frail elderly man who lived with his son, daughter-in-law and four-year-old grandson. One day, the son became impatient with his elderly father, because in his...

Did you know that marriage revokes a pre-existing Will? In other words, if you sign a Will today that gives everything to your common law spouse, and you get married to her tomorrow, your Will is revoked on the day you got married. But, you...

This is a continuation of our series examining a different part of a Will signed in the Province of Ontario in order to share basic practical knowledge of this important legal document, which can save you taxes and create a social safety net for your...

We will be starting a series where we explain a different part of a Will signed in the Province of Ontario in order to share basic practical knowledge of this important legal document, which can save you taxes...