Will Kits: Understanding the Consequences of “Do-It-Yourself” Estate Planning

Blog Post
May 16, 2019
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An extended version of this article originally appeared in the January/February 2019 edition of Fifty-Five Plus Magazine. Nelligan O’Brien Payne gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Rebekah Schultz, Student-at-Law, in writing this blog post.  A stroll to your nearest office supply store, or a five-second Google search will generate numerous “do-it-yourself” Will Kits promising huge savings… Read more »

What problems are you creating if you die without a Will?

Article
July 19, 2018
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Getting your Will drawn up is not always an easy process. It can require a lot of thought and consideration, consultation with multiple family members, and an appointment with a lawyer. It’s not surprising that many people don’t get around to it. A recent study found that around 74 per cent of Canadians don’t have… Read more »

Elder Abuse – What Should I Be Looking Out For?

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June 15, 2018
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A growing senior population also means a growing number of vulnerable people. It’s an unfortunate reality that the elderly are often the victims of abuse. This can range from emotional abuse and manipulation, to financial abuse and sometimes even physical abuse. It is up to family members and friends to be on the lookout for any kind of elder abuse. Here are some red flags you should be aware of.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

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June 15, 2018
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Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), a time to recognize a global social issue that affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world. Communities around the world use this day to raise the visibility of elder abuse, by sharing information about abuse and neglect and promoting the resources and services that increase seniors’ safety and well-being. Lawyers and staff at Nelligan O’Brien Payne wore purple today in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

I’m An Estate Trustee – Do I Get Paid?

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June 12, 2018
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Anyone who has acted as an estate trustee will testify that it is quite an involved process, and can take a great deal of time. Fortunately, estate trustees are entitled to compensation for administering an estate. But how much can you be paid? In our latest Wills and Estates blog post, Marcia Green looks at whether you are entitled to be paid, and how this pay is calculated.

Acting as an Attorney for Property – Know these top 10 tips

Article
June 1, 2018
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Far too often an individual will begin acting as an attorney for property without appreciating or fully understanding their obligations under this role. Here are some important tips to keep in mind to avoid breaching your duties as an attorney for property.

What are the Duties of an Estate Trustee?

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May 1, 2018
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Most people are happy to agree to be an estate trustee at some future date, but they may not have a true understanding of what it entails. And when someone dies and you are thrust into that role, it can be very overwhelming. You may be thinking: where do I even begin? Below is an outline of the basic duties of an estate trustee.

Who Can You Appoint As Your Estate Trustee?

Article
May 1, 2018
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An estate trustee is the person or one of the people that you name in your Will to take care of all of your personal belongings or your financial assets after you have died. Should you choose a professional vs lay person as estate trustee – What are the costs? Is one type of estate trustee better than another type?