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Multiple Wills: Toronto Estates Lawyer Explains

What's the deal with Multiple Wills? So many people don't even have one Will. Why the need for Multiple Wills or a Secondary Will? A Will is a testamentary document that contains your estate distribution instructions - your last wishes, among other things. Who will get what, when, and who...

Buying Property? (A Lawyer’s Guide)

You = Purchaser We/us/our = Charney Legal Professional Corporation 1. Review the form of Agreement of Purchase and Sale (OREA or TREB) before signing. Call/email us with any legal questions you may have or to ensure that your rights and expectations are accurately reflected in the Agreement of Purchase and...

Virtual Signing During COVID-19 and beyond.

COVID-19 has introduced a new landscape to our lives. We have been forced conduct most of our work remotely. Complex estate planning is now completed beginning to end without ever having to meet in person. Remote signings for Real Estate transactions are possible and a good solution in times of...

Joint Tenants vs Tenants in Common. What’s the difference?

What is the difference between owning property as “Joint Tenants” vs “Tenants in Common”? There are several ways to hold title (own) property in Ontario. You could be a sole owner, hold title in trust or in a partnership. A joint tenancy and a tenancy in common are the main...

How many Canadian’s don’t have a Will?

Most Canadians are uninterested in making a Will. Literally. Statistics show that over 50% of Canadians do not have a Last Will and Testament and many more do not have an up-to-date Will. Such number are astonishing, considering how easy and affordable it is to make a Will these days....

Top 5 Estate Planning Mistakes

#1 Not having a will Not having a will is akin to not having an estate plan. Studies show that most Canadian’s don’t have a will. Not having a will complicates the estate administration process and fails to account for certain estate planning strategies that could benefit an estate. Ultimately,...

The Duties and Obligations of an Estate Trustee

A 10-step guide to Estate Administration An Estate Trustee (formerly known as an Executor) of an estate has a great deal of responsibility for administering the estate that appointed him/her. Administering an estate is done with care and in accordance with the deceased’s wishes and the law. The winding up...

Confidentiality Agreements – What you Need to Know

Confidentiality Agreements, or Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA’s), consist of similar ingredients which set out the terms that define the disclosure of confidential information. Depending on whether you are the owner of the confidential information or the recipient of it, the focus in which a confidentiality agreement is viewed varies, like two...

Intestacy: What happens if you die without a Will?

Preparing a Will in Ontario. Many people are concerned about what happens if they die without a Will. While each circumstance is different and complex family dynamics may bring into play other laws, below is a basic, a non-comprehensive summary of what happens if you die without a Will. https://youtu.be/1aJzz-AtKI8...