Disinheriting a child: It shouldn’t take the family by surprise
  Avoid family conflict over disinheritance by being upfront There are circumstances in which disinheriting a child may be reasonable, and something that the other family members may support. However, [...]
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Wills: Not just for people with large estates
by Timothy Sullivan, Principal  We hear it all the time: “I don’t have much, so I don’t need a Will.” Preparing a Will is a conscious effort. From deciding to [...]
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Joint tenancy: It sounds simple, but is often a double-edged sword
by Timothy Sullivan What is joint tenancy? Generally speaking, property can be owned either personally or jointly. Joint tenancy is when people own a property together and the right to [...]
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Blended families make detailed wills even more important
The law is pretty clear – which is why your will should be, too Lawyers often get criticized for nagging clients (and potential clients, and family members, and friends) about [...]
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Life insurance: How it affects spousal and child support
  A topic that many people just don’t consider A recent Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) ruling that allows a second wife and child to claim support from a deceased common-law husband’s [...]
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ASK A LAWYER: What happens when 2 executors can’t agree?
What are the rights and responsibilities of executors? “My cousin wants a car from the estate of our recently-deceased, not-wealthy uncle. One of the executors of our uncle’s will is [...]
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It’s great that you made a Will. Does anyone know where it is?
Preparing estate documents is one thing. Accessing them is another. Last Monday morning I got a call from an old friend in Vancouver. “My mother’s in the hospital and they [...]
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FROM THE LAWYER’S DAILY: Navigating Wills & Estates with common-law partners
This week, our own Timothy Sullivan’s first piece for The Lawyers Weekly covers how lawyers can more successfully manage the sometimes tense situations that arise when common-law partners approach the [...]
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