When we think of estate planning, we often focus on the importance of signing a Will. However, planning for one’s possible incapacity is another critical aspect of proper estate planning. This generally involves signing both a Power of Attorney for Property and a Power of Attorney for Personal Care. An ‘Attorney’ is defined in Ontario as a ‘substitute decision-maker’ and should not be confused with the terminology of our neighbours to the south where lawyers are referred to as attorneys.
Before signing a Power of Attorney document, one must have the required mental capacity.
In the U.K., the first Monday back from the Christmas holidays is what is know as “Divorce Day”. This is the day when lawyers report seeing increases in inquiries about getting a divorce. As Canada is not immune to high rates of divorce, it wouldn’t be surprising to learn that this trend happens here as well. As the holiday season is fast approaching, we want to remind readers of the Estate planning steps that are necessary post separate or divorce.
We think it’s fair to say that most people are aware that they should have a Will. And yet, time and time again, studies show that over half of all Canadians don’t have a valid Will. Many…
As we blogged earlier this week, November is ‘Make a Will’ month. We thought we would share some fun Will facts to end the work week (and hopefully inspire our readers to contemplate their own Wills): The oldest…
To bring awareness to the importance of having a Will, the Ontario Bar Association has declared November to be ‘Make a Will’ month. What a fitting way to encourage the roughly half of Canadians who don’t have…
What could be more beautiful than a Thanksgiving weekend in Canada? Our maple trees are truly spectacular during this “Fall Rhapsody” time of year. And what could be more Canadian and fall-ish than a battle over a maple tree?
A recent case (Allen v. MacDougall) before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice involved two neighbours in a dispute over a maple tree. The tree in question was growing on the shared boundary line between the neighbouring properties.
In case you haven’t yet started your countdown to Christmas, it is only 83 days away. The holiday season will be upon us before we know it. Unfortunately, for many families, the holidays are when many disputes…
Persona Law Group has always been, and will always be, about the quality of our work and the personal approach we bring to each of our clients. As part of our ongoing efforts to keep apprised of the latest developments in estates and family law, last month, one of our team members attended an insightful event, kindly organized by the Canadian Bar Association. At the event entitled ‘Dinner with Your Honourable Ottawa Estates Judges’, Judges and a Master of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice shared their valuable observations to lawyers, in order to save the clients’ they serve valuable time and money.
Our Persona Law Group team members strive to provide our estate planning clients with comprehensive Wills and Powers of Attorney documents that will become a true gift to loved ones left behind.
“Like many Canadians, dementia is personal for me”, shared Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas Taylor in her recent tweet. Based upon the experiences of our clients, we can attest that this is a statement echoed by many, many Canadians. A few days later, on June 17, 2019, the Federal Government, through its Public Health Agency of Canada, released its first national dementia strategy entitled “A Dementia Strategy for Canada: Together We Aspire” (the ‘Strategy’).
Are you buying or selling in Ottawa this year? Our clients have been sharing their stories of multiple offer situations and houses being sold for well over asking. Surely not a situation for the feint of heart. There are some ways that you can make your buying or selling experience, particularly for the day of closing, go as smoothly as possible.
As a buyer, Closing Day is the day when you finally receive the keys to your new, or ‘new to you’, house, and when you provide the funds for the amounts owing towards the purchase of the house. As a seller, Closing Day is associated with moving out of the place you called your home for some period of your life and receiving the equity you have built up and possibly paying off one or more mortgages secured against the property.
For both sellers and buyers, Closing Day, and the days leading up to the big day, can be confusing.