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Urgent news re “multiple wills”

URGENT NOTIFICATION re MULTIPLE WILLS AND THE MILNE ESTATE[1] DECISION  What are “multiple wills”? Where a testator prepares more than one will for his estate.  The “Primary Will” covers assets that require probate, and is submitted to the court to obtain Letters of Administration; estate fees are paid on those assets.  The Secondary Will contains […]

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What is a “constructive trust”?

Normally, when we think of a trust, we think of one specifically and deliberately set up: a trust fund for one’s children, for example.  This is an “express trust”. A “constructive trust“, however, is one which is a court declares exists or imposes onto parties despite the fact that there wasn’t a specific intention to […]

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Personal electronic devices: Canada/USA border rights and obligations

Henry Chang at Blaney’s has provided two very useful summary articles on your rights and obligations regarding your personal electronic devices when crossing the Canada-US border. “U.S. Customs and Border Protection Updates Policy on Border Searches of Electronic Devices” “Does the Canada Border Services Agency Have the Authority to Search Your Electronic Devices?”  

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“Begin With the End in Mind: The 6 Steps of The Estate Planning Process”

Daniel Collison provides a useful 6-step guide to thinking about estate planning in “Begin With the End in Mind: The 6 Steps of The Estate Planning Process”. His points: Establish and Secure Retirement Lifestyle Goals Determine and Minimize Estate Taxation Determine Estate Beneficiaries Formulate Distribution Strategies Protect Estate Value Formalize Estate Documentation The entire article […]

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HRTO making bigger damage awards

From De Bousquet PC Barristers and Solicitors: “…there is an increasing willingness on the part of the HRTO to grant significant monetary awards to discriminated employees. However, it seems that an employer’s conduct must be of a particularly egregious nature to warrant such a significant award.”    

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What Is and Isn’t Required of Employers During Ontario Election

Michael Comartin of Ogletree Deakins provides us with this: “Ontario employers may want to be mindful of their obligations with respect to employee voting rights on Election Day. This means not only understanding what the law requires of employers but also what it does not require, as employees often have misconceptions about what their rights […]

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If you see this man accused of murder, call the police

Robert Ashley Williams of London wanted on 2nd-degree murder charge in Richmond Row homicide

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“Employee with 40-Year Discipline-Free Record Terminated for Cause “

Leah Schatz of MLT Aikins LLP brings an interesting Saskatchewan case to our attention: the upheld termination for cause of an employee with a 40-year zero-discipline record who piled up a number of serious misconduct violations at the end of her time there. Two key takeaways: Infractions meriting termination and refusal to correct conduct can […]

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Employers are responsible for contractors’ employee safety too

“Am I my brother’s keeper? Supreme Court of Canada confirms employers are responsible for the safety of their contractors’ employees as well as their own employees” Kristen Woo and Richard Press note the SCC decision in West Fraser Mills Ltd. v. British Columbia (Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal), 2018 SCC 22 which holds that an employer […]

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“Four Ways to Find out if the Deceased had a Will”

“Four Ways to Find out if the Deceased had a Will”

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