Wills, Trusts & Estates

  • June 14, 2024

    2 Pushor Mitchell articling students promoted to associates

    Pushor Mitchell LLP recently announced the addition of two new associates to its team. Leah Sorge and Colin Grimard were both called to the B.C. bar in 2024 and completed their articling at Pushor Mitchell.

  • June 14, 2024

    Providing value to the difficult client | Jacob Murad

    Many lawyers (myself included) over the course of any practice, run into issues withdrawing from representing and terminating a difficult client. (A recent example of this was when Peter Nygard’s defence lawyer asked to be removed as his counsel just before his sentencing for sexual assault, reportedly due to a “breakdown and loss of confidence in the solicitor-client relationship.”)

  • June 13, 2024

    New asset freezes, entry bans & export prohibitions target Russian war of aggression against Ukraine

    Canada has aimed new sanctions and export prohibitions at participants in Russia’s military-industrial complex, in a co-ordinated move with other countries on the first day of the G7’s three-day summit in Italy.

  • June 13, 2024

    Liberal government unveils in Commons ‘2030 Nature Strategy’ and proposed Nature Accountability Act

    The minority Liberal government’s newly proposed Nature Accountability Act would hold Ottawa “accountable to make progress” (but not via an enforceable legal mechanism) toward the goal of protecting at least 30 per cent of Canada’s lands and waters by 2030, says federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change Steven Guilbeault.

  • June 13, 2024

    Business income within a TFSA is taxable, confirms Federal Court of Appeal

    The Federal Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal of tax reassessments where the appellant argued that a tax-free savings account (TFSA) trust for a business should be tax-exempt because that is the case for a registered retirement savings plan (RRSP). 

  • June 13, 2024

    Federal government announces expansion of early retirement eligibility for some front-line workers

    Ottawa has announced plans to introduce legislative changes this fall to expand early pension eligibility for specific front-line workers, including federal border services officers and federal and territorial firefighters.

  • June 13, 2024

    Wealth advising for the future: The new paradigm

    I am an estate lawyer. As such, how many times have I said under my breath as my clients have exited the boardroom after an often lengthy, revealing, intense and always interesting meeting: “I don’t need a law degree — I need a psychology degree!”  

  • June 13, 2024

    The Leviathan must be stopped | Trevor R. Parry

    The Leviathan was a biblical sea monster that devoured all. Christian theologians associated it with the sin of envy, and the English political philosopher Thomas Hobbes used the name for the title of his seminal work. Hobbes argued that a social contract where the individual surrenders personal liberty to an absolute sovereign in return for security is better than chaos. It seems the Trudeau government has decided Canada should be home to this beast.

  • June 12, 2024

    Saskatchewan regulator details strategic plan progress for 2023

    Saskatchewan’s law society made strides last year in rolling out parts of its current Strategic Plan — particularly in promoting diversity and equality, ensuring the competence of new lawyers and increasing access to justice for the incarcerated.

  • June 12, 2024

    Life insurance proceeds and dependent support obligations

    In my May 31, 2024 article, “Enforcing support obligations in separation agreements and court orders against an estate,” I discussed some of the legislative mechanisms dependants can use to obtain and enforce support orders. Once an order for support has been made, what assets belonging to the payor can be charged to satisfy the order? Specifically, can the proceeds of a life insurance policy held by the payor be used to fund the support ordered by the court?