In Ontario, the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee (“PGT”) is part of the Victims and Vulnerable Persons Division of the Ministry of the Attorney General. The Public Guardian and Trustee Act sets out the PGT’s role, responsibilities and duties.

In Tecter v. Reimer Estate, 2021 MBQB 133, the Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench considered a will challenge by two grandchildren who asserted that their grandmother's will was invalid due to a lack of testamentary capacity and suspicious circumstances.

In Scurek v. Scurek, 2021 BCCA 178, the Court of Appeal for British Columbia reviewed a case in which the trial judge varied the testator's will to give a larger share to the testator's daughter.

As we move through the third wave of the pandemic, it’s easy to feel fatigue building up. This is especially true for professionals who’ve been working from home and dealing with all the changes that brings.

In February we broke down Bill 245, the Accelerating Access to Justice Act and last month the bill received Royal Assent. One of the act's biggest changes is the repeal of ss. 15(a) and 16 of Ontario's Succession Law Reform Act (the "SLRA"), meaning that marriage no longer revokes a will.

Posting a Notice to Creditors and not seeing the city or town you're looking for on our location drop-down field? We've launched a new feature for listing custom locations.

There may be circumstances where your client is “inheriting” an insolvent estate. Insolvency, which is different from bankruptcy, is where a person, living or dead - is unable to meet his or her liabilities or has an excess of liabilities over assets.

In Re: Lacroix Estate, 2021 ONSC 2929, the Superior Court considered the case of a holograph will prepared by a terminally ill woman in the hospital, who was unable to see her lawyer due to COVID-19 restrictions. The court ultimately found the will invalid.

The Canada Will Registry integration with Will Builder allows legal professionals to manage their will vaults, and receive alerts if someone is looking for a will in their firm's possession.

As of last month the Application for a Small Estate Certificate asks, in cases of intestacy, for the Applicant to declare that they "have carefully searched for a will of the deceased and was unable to locate a will."

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