What Do I Do if I Suspect Elder Abuse?

In consideration of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day today I thought I would provide some resources to those who may be asking – what do I do if I suspect elder abuse? The World Health Organization defines “elder abuse” as: A single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where […]

Can I Write My Own Will?

I was recently asked this question and thought the recent news of Larry King’s family’s swift turn to litigation over his estate after his passing on January 23, 2021, was a great example of why writing your own will may not be the best idea. So, can you write your own will? Why, yes you […]

Ambiguous Wording in Will Has Court Grappling With Question of Life Interest vs. License

Will interpretation cases are always interesting and serve as an important reminder to use great care when drafting estate planning documents. Barsoski v. Wesley was an application for directions in which the interpretation of the Will for a determination of the proprietary interests of the respondent, Robert Wesley, was at issue. Diana Barsoski was a […]

Gentlemen, This One is For You (and Ladies, You May Want to Take Note as Well)

Did you ask for a home DNA test kit, or as it is colloquially known, a ‘spit-in-a-tube’ this year? These tests have been getting increasingly popular in Canada over the last five years, so it may be on your list! Mostly people are curious about their ancestry or to find out whether they are susceptible […]

Give a Little, Get a Lot!

Let’s put aside the first misconception about legacy giving and clarify that you do not have to be wealthy to leave a legacy! Legacy giving can be for everyone. According to the Charities Directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) there are more than 85,000 registered charities in Canada. A list of all registered Canadian […]

Review Your Car Insurance Policy as Part of Your Spring Cleaning!

As RRSP season wraps up, tax season is upon us and spring cleaning is around the corner, it is time to take a close look at your car insurance policy and make sure it is has appropriate coverage for your current requirements! Car insurance is mandatory in Ontario. While basic auto insurance policies are standardized […]

Ontario’s New Distracted Driving Laws are Now in Effect

As of January 1, 2019 distracted driving is no longer just limited to the use of electronics while driving. According to the current law, anything that causes a driver to be less focused on the road constitutes distracted driving. You will be guilty of distracted driving if you do the following behind the wheel: Simply […]

Time to Winterize Your Footwear

It’s that time of year! The white stuff is falling and everyone is rushing to get their winter tires installed. While you wait for your tires to be changed, take a look at the ‘tires’ on your feet – your snow boots! Why, you ask? Even if you take your car everywhere, you inevitably have […]