Reading Time: < 1 minute

In August 2015, we published a blog post to inform our readers of a new online service, called NoticeConnect, which makes it possible for estate trustees to advertise for creditors online, rather than in print.

Online advertising

Recently, on July 7, 2017, a judge with the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto confirmed that advertising for creditors on NoticeConnect satisfies the advertising requirement under section 53(1) of the Trustee Act.

What is section 53(1) of the Trustee Act?

This section absolves from personal liability an estate trustee who has advertised for creditors, in the event a creditor later steps forward after the estate has been administered. This is because estate trustees have an obligation to ascertain and pay all debts owed by the deceased before administering the estate.

Estate trustees have historically published this notice in the local newspaper where the deceased resided. However, the Superior Court of Justice in Ontario has now confirmed that this requirement can be met by publishing online through NoticeConnect.

In a press release from July 10, 2017, co-founder of NoticeConnect, Patrick Harris, indicated that this “is a win for access to justice.”

For more information about advertising for creditors, contact our Wills and Estates Group.

Author(s)

This content is not intended to provide legal advice or opinion as neither can be given without reference to specific events and situations. © 2021 Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP.

Have Questions?

Enjoy this article?
Don’t forget to share.
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on email

Related Posts

Real Estate and Development
Blog
Reading time: < 1 mins
Bryan Thaw on Behind the Headlines
Watch as Bryan Thaw discusses the pandemic’s effect on commercial real estate with Michael Curran of the Ottawa Business Journal,[...]
Real Estate and Development
Blog
Reading time: 3 mins
So You Want To Be A Landlord? A Primer In Buying A Tenanted Property
If you decide to purchase a residential property with a tenant occupying the property, there are some important procedures and pitfalls that should be considered. In our latest Real Estate blog post, Bryan Thaw outlines the key things a buyer should keep in mind.
Real Estate and Development
Blog
Reading time: 4 mins
Force Majeure and Real Estate Transactions
Closing real estate transactions can be a stressful and lengthy process. With a record-breaking one million jobs lost across Canada[...]