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Should I Have Two Wills?

estate planning willThe Ontario government recently brought into force new regulations that change how it deals with estate administration tax (commonly known as probate fees). As of January 1st, 2015, an executor (or estate trustee) is required to complete and file an Estate Information Return (EIR) with the Ontario Ministry of Finance.  This is in addition to the court Application for a Certificate of Estate Trustee (commonly known as probate).
If an executor fails to file the EIR or if the executor files the EIR and is audited and found to have made “false or misleading statements” on the EIR, the executor is liable, on conviction, to a fine of at least $1,000 plus up to twice the estate administration tax that was not paid. Imprisonment of not more than two years is also possible. Audits can occur up to four years after the court Certificate has been issued.

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Top Ten Reasons Why Estate Planning Should Top Your New Year’s Resolutions

resolutions ottawa estate planning lawyerDid you know that it is the ancient Babylonians probably made the first New Year’s resolutions? It is thought that the most common resolution for an early Babylonian was to return borrowed farm equipment. Much has changed since then. Today, popular New Year’s resolutions include losing weight, spending less, quitting smoking, getting a better job, and getting fit.
Although you may not have included estate planning as one of your New Year’s resolutions, here are my top ten reasons why having a Will and Powers of Attorney should be at the top of your list:

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