Help Us Save More Lives by Registering to Be a Donor

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February 10, 2015
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Nelligan O’Brien Payne’s Wills and Estates Practice Group is proud to be a supporter of the BeADonor.ca campaign, which has partnered with the Trillium Gift of Life Network, ServiceOntario and RecycleMe.org. We are asking our staff, family and friends to register their consent for organ and tissue donation.

Top 4 Estate Planning Resolutions for the New Year – Part II

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January 28, 2015
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Last week, we provided you with 4 New Year’s estate planning resolutions, including review your Will and Trust Documents; review your Powers of Attorney for Property and Personal Care; review who you have appointed as Estate Trustee; and review your beneficiary designations. We also provided you with our comments on Resolution #1 and #2. This week, we will talk about Resolution #3 and #4.

Top 4 Estate Planning Resolutions for the New Year – Part I

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January 22, 2015
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It’s that time of year again. When it comes to making resolutions for the coming year, why not consider making some important estate planning resolutions while you’re at it? It’s important that you have an estate plan and that you review it from time to time. If you haven’t done it in a while, we’ve provided a list of four estate planning resolutions over two blog posts to get you started!

Happy Holidays to our Readers!

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December 17, 2014
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The holidays are here, and there we have a lot to celebrate! We are happy to have been posting to our new Wills and Estates Law blog for almost a year now. We really enjoy finding interesting and informative topics for our readers, and want to thank all of you for taking the time to read our posts.

Hide and Seek: Come Out, Come Out Wherever you Are?

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December 4, 2014
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As an Estate Trustee, it is your duty to administer the estate, which includes distributing all of the estate assets in accordance with the terms of the Will or the rules of intestacy if there is no Will. However, in order to distribute the assets, an Estate Trustee has to identify any and all heirs that may be entitled to a share in the distribution. In most cases, this is often a simple and routine task. What happens if the Estate Trustee can’t find some of the long lost relatives that were named in the Will?

Can an Estate Executor be Removed?

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November 19, 2014
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Removal of an estate executor is not as easy as you might think. From time to time, we have clients who are angry or frustrated at how an estate is being administered, and want to know if the executor can be removed. This post provides an answer to that question.

Why do I Need a Will? I Have no Assets or all of my Assets are Joint with my Spouse

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October 20, 2014
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Why do I Need a Will? I Have no Assets or all of my Assets are Joint with my Spouse. This is a question that I hear a lot from people of all ages. It is important to think about your personal situation as well as the assets that you currently own, and to strongly consider preparing your Will.

Can You Leave Your Firearms in Your Will

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October 8, 2014
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If you are appointed as Estate Trustee, it could happen that firearms are among the deceased’s assets, and as Estate Trustee, it is your duty to take possession or otherwise deal with those firearms.

Getting the Job Done: Quick Tips for Estate Administrators

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September 24, 2014
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It doesn’t come as a surprise that administering an estate can be a long and thankless task. Emotions are often running high following the loss of a loved one and there are numerous steps that must be completed before closing an estate. Our Wills and Estates Group just attended a seminar provided by the Law Society on the administration of estates. We have two key tips for estate administrators from the seminar to share. These tips will help ensure that an estate administration progresses smoothly and that costly litigation is avoided.