No Body? No Problem: Ontario Declaration of Death Act

Blog Post
March 20, 2014
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When a loved one disappears and is presumed dead, it is possible in Ontario to have him or her declared legally dead so that family members can wrap up the affairs of the missing person’s estate. Unless the person disappeared in a situation of peril, you will likely have to wait the seven year period in order to have that person declared legally dead, however you can take steps to put that person’s affairs in order and repay his or her debts and outstanding financial obligations.

Denied CPP Death Benefit

Blog Post
March 14, 2014
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The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Death Benefit is a one-time, lump-sum payment made to the estate on behalf of a deceased CPP contributor. It is important to ensure that you apply for the CPP Death Benefit within six months after a Deceased has passed away, and always get confirmation from the Government regarding whether or not the Deceased is eligible for the CPP Death Benefit.

Tax Tips After Death

Blog Post
February 27, 2014
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Tax season has begun. Everyone should be receiving their T4 Forms by the end of February, and should be filing their taxes by April 30th. However, there are many tax implications that happen after death. Here are the top five points to remember when dealing with someone’s tax returns after they have passed away.

Can a Living Will include provisions for assisted suicide?

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February 10, 2014
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This case clearly illustrates the debate that exists in our country about whether or not a person is able to choose a peaceful death. Although you may have clear instructions on what decisions should be made if you are unable to make those decisions yourself, you and your family members should understand that the substantive debate over whether to legalize assisted suicide practices, and how such practices should be monitored or restricted continues. With an aging population, the debate of a person’s the right to die will continue to be a hot topic in the months and years to come.

How to get Closure with Social Media

Blog Post
February 7, 2014
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When a loved one passes away, many conversations are sparked around what happens to that loved one’s social media accounts. We have all heard of the Facebook reminders, telling you when you log in to reconnect with a deceased loved one, and how this can cause a lot of heart break and mixed emotions. Many social media sites are now coming up with ways to deal with the social media accounts once the account holder passes.