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We are shocked and devastated by the senseless crime motivated by hatred and racism that was committed in our community on June 6. We extend our deepest condolences to the friends and family of those who were killed, and wish a full recovery to the surviving young boy who remains in hospital. We stand in solidarity with our Muslim partners, colleagues, clients, friends, and neighbours in rejecting Islamophobia in all forms, and demanding better for our community. Hatred has no place here. It diminishes every one of us. Each of us shares the responsibility for putting an end to it. We recognize that as members of the legal profession, our share of that responsibility is heightened. This unspeakable crime strikes at the very core of the Muslim community’s sense of security and will have a lasting impact. Although this tragedy can never be undone, we believe the goodness in our city will prevail. We commit to be better for each other, to demand better from each other and to share love, kindness and tolerance with one another. We must stand together to build a safer, more inclusive community for all.

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Published on: 15 Jul 2018 By

Guardianship Applications under the Children’s Law Reform Act

A minor is considered to be a person under the age of eighteen years. In Ontario, a parent is automatically the guardian of the person of his or her minor child.[1] However, a parent is not automatically the guardian of property of his or her minor child.[2] In certain circumstances, a paren…

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Published on: 7 Feb 2018 By

Concerned Beneficiary? Court Finds Will Challenges Must Have Minimal Evidentiary Basis

The recent decision in Seepa v Seepa, 2017 ONSC 5368 contains observations that may have an impact on future Will challenges under Rule 75.06 of the Rules of Civil Procedure and in particular, on the materials that must be placed before the court in the “Motion for Directions”, which typical…

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Published on: 12 Aug 2016 By

What happens if a deceased’s will is lost? What if it has been destroyed?

Estate trustees – an individual (or individuals) appointed to administer a deceased’s estate – may find themselves unable to locate the original copy of the deceased’s Will. Perhaps the Will has been misplaced, or destroyed. What is to be done in these situations? Luc…

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Published on: 21 Jan 2016 By

Whittling Down Our Testamentary Freedom

Testamentary freedom – the principle that a person of sound mind is free to leave his or her estate to whomever they like, for whatever reason, and without explanation– is a deeply entrenched notion in Canadian common law and society. However, as those of us in the estates and trust field kn…

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Published on: 16 Dec 2015 By

Removing a Court-Appointed Guardian in Ontario

Previous articles have discussed powers of attorney and guardianships and the duties and obligations of attorneys and guardians. But what can be done when a family member of the incapable person feels that the guardian or attorney is not acting appropriately? Occasionally, supportive friends…

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Published on: 9 Oct 2015 By

The Consent and Capacity Board Cannot Appoint a Guardian of Property

A recent article in the London Free Press discussed the difficulty a local woman is experiencing in attempting to deposit a settlement cheque issued on behalf of her incapable brother. The article refers to a process whereby the individual would not have to become her brother’s official guar…

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