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Resolving Challenges to Testamentary Documents and other estate disputes

Sometimes estate disputes are inevitable given the family dynamics for the challenge to be made. A variety of mechanisms exist to resolve disputes arising over testamentary documents, such as informal settlement, mediation, and court. Informal Settlement   At any time, the matter can be resolved informally. Legal counsel may discuss the case and advise the parties

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Implications of appointing a non-resident Estate Trustee

Appointing an estate trustee who does not reside in Canada has several negative implications.  A non-resident estate trustee is required to post a bond (which is costly and adds delay), and he or she may not be eligible to make certain financial investments available to Canadian residents (e.g., stocks, bonds, Canada Savings Bonds). Even if

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Implied Trusts; Resulting Trusts, Constructive Trusts and Remedies for unjust enrichment

An implied trust is created without a clear statement of trust by a settlor and rather from an intention presumed or imposed by the courts when a certain set of facts occur. Resulting Trusts A resulting trust occurs where the court presumes a trust was intended. A resulting trust occurs from the legal presumption of

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Guardianships

One important reason to make a Will is to appoint a guardian and custodian for your minor children, in case you pass away before they reach the age of majority (18 in Ontario). What Can You Do in Your Will? Many people assume that when you name a guardian and custodian in your Will, that

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