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A recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice may signal a change in estate litigation culture, specifically in how the courts are likely to deal with a will challenge. In the case of Seepa v. Seepa, 2017 ONSC 5368, Justice Myers reviewed the common practice in estate litigation cases involving a will challenge….

Last Will and Testament

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Inheritance and last will

A recent decision from the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario should serve as a warning to those who may wish to disinherit a family member. In the case of Eissmann v. Kuntz, 2018 ONSC 3650, the Court had to consider a strange set of circumstances arising from multiple testamentary documents left by the deceased…

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Wills and Estates Series – Part 2 In Part 1 of this series, we established the importance of having a properly drafted will. With those benefits in mind, we move on to a very important question: Who should be appointed as Estate Trustee? When deciding who to appoint, another question often comes up: Is it…

Last Will and testament document

Wills and Estates Series – Part 1  As the old adage goes, there are only two certainties in life: death and taxes. As we age, we inevitably wonder what will happen to the assets that we have accumulated over our lifetime. The answer, as always, is “it depends.” The area of Wills and Estates is…

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The European Union Community now consists of 28 Member States with a population of over 500 million.  In tandem with efforts to promote the easy movement of people and commerce between the Member States, judicial cooperation in civil matters having cross-border implications, including successions, has been a key common goal among the Member States. In…

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