“It is a crime in Canada to assist another person in ending her own life. As a result, people who are grievously and irremediably ill cannot seek a physician’s assistance in dying and may be condemned to a life of
A popular estate planning tool in Canada is under review by Canada’s Department of Finance as part of Economic Action Plan 2013.
Currently, income from a testamentary trust, usually created by the deceased’s will, may be taxed at the …Keep reading
The BC government announced that the new Wills Estates and Succession Act (WESA) will become law effective March 31, 2014. The new legislation will replace most will and estate legislation in British Columbia with a consolidated statute. New probate rules and …Keep reading
Mediation is an alternative to courtroom litigation as a means to resolve disputes about Estates, Trusts, Wills, and Property and Personal Care decisions for incapable persons. Mediation can be conducted at any time, with the assistance of a trained, objective …Keep reading
The Supreme Court of Canada recently ruled that, for income tax purposes, a trust (like a corporation) resides where its central control and management is located. This case is referred to as Fundy Settlement. Prior to Fundy Settlement, the …Keep reading
If the testator’s spouse or child brings a claim before the Court to vary the testator’s will, Section 5 of the Wills Variation Act permits the Court to consider the testator’s reasons for making his/her dispositions in the will.
Although …Keep reading
On New Years’ Eve 2011, the BC Supreme Court ordered one of the largest awards under the Wills Variation Act.
The mother’s Last Will and Testament was made 18 years before her death. The mother’s estate was valued at …Keep reading