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Reasons That Wills Can Be Challenged

Charles Ticker, founder of the Charles B. Ticker Law Office in York Region explains some of the reasons that wills can be challenged. When planning their estates, people often do things that invite challenges after they are gone, such as leaving a child out of the will or not treating their children equally. They may have a very good reason for this... » Read this article

The Role of Mediation and the Costs of a Will Challenge

Charles Ticker, founder of the Charles B. Ticker Law Office in York Region explains the role of mediation and the costs of a will challenge. In Toronto, there is mandatory mediation of most estate disputes. In other jurisdictions, most experienced estate litigation counsel will recommend to their clients that they try mediation either before a court... » Read this article

The Role Of The Executor Or Estate Trustee

Executors have many duties, including administering the estate, converting everything into cash, and paying the bills. Most important, executors must make sure that taxes are paid, because, if they are not paid, the executors are responsible for those liabilities. Generally the executor is the spouse of the deceased. If anything happens to the spouse,... » Read this article

How Estate Issues Must Be Managed In A Timely Manner

If you are the estate trustee (commonly referred to as an executor), one of the first things that must be done is to find the deceased person’s assets. Often, if the estate is substantial, there will be a professional, such as an accountant or investment counselor, who has knowledge of the testator’s assets, and is able to assist in locating them.... » Read this article

Why people choose joint tenancy as a way to avoid probate fees, and some of the pitfalls of joint tenancy

Another form of trust that we see in wills is an insurance trust. Charles Ticker, founder of the Charles B. Ticker Law Office in York Region, discusses why people choose joint tenancy as a way to avoid probate fees, and some of the pitfalls of joint tenancy. One of the main concerns a lot of our clients have is the payment of probate fees or what are... » Read this article

The Components Involved In Estate Planning

In order to have a good estate plan, all the components of the plan should be current. This means that you should have an up-to-date will, up-to-date power of attorney for property and a power of attorney for personal care. Policies for life insurance and disability insurance should be reviewed to ensure that they are adequate for your family’s needs.... » Read this article

The Importance Of Having An Estate Plan

Nobody enjoys talking about their mortality and death. I want people to understand that developing an estate plan and, more importantly, sharing this plan with your family, means you are talking about the quality of life for your family and the legacy you are going to be leaving your family when you are gone. No one wants to see their family go through... » Read this article

Why An Estate Plan Must Address The Needs Of Your Family

Having an up-to-date and well-considered estate plan is essential to ensure that people’s families and their own needs are met. If you do not have proper documentation in place, in terms of your will, then your assets are not going to be distributed the way you want them to be. Provincial legislation will dictate how your estate is distributed and... » Read this article

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