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Published on: 24 Nov 2014 By

Proposed legislation will end preferential tax treatment for Testamentary trusts by 1 January 2016

In October 2014, the Federal Government tabled a Notice of Ways and Means Motion to implement changes to the Income Tax Act (‘ITA’) proposed in the 2014 Federal Budget. The government first disclosed its concern about perceived abuses of the tax treatment of testamentary trusts in the 2013 F…

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Published on: 20 Nov 2014 By

The Disability Tax Credit – Do You Qualify

In light of recent changes to the tax treatment of testamentary trusts, it is important for those planning for the future care of individuals with disabilities to understand the rules for Disability Tax Credit eligibility. Due to these taxation changes, only Qualifying Disability Trusts will…

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Published on: 15 Jul 2014 By

RDSPs: Who is eligible and what are the benefits?

The Registered Disability Savings Plan is an important tool for Canadians with severe disabilities. These accounts provide long-term financial security for individuals with a severe disability and who qualify for the Disability Tax Credit. This article explains the main benefits of an RDSP a…

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Published on: 1 Jun 2014 By ,

Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning for People with Disabilities and their Families

Introduction Families are very familiar with positive planning processes that are focused on helping their child with disabilities to have a good life. You may have had help by many people in your unique situation to develop a good plan: extended family and friends, members of your child’s s…

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Published on: 7 Jan 2014 By

Predatory Marriage: A Modern Day Marriage Trap

Predatory marriages are a developing phenomenon in Ontario. Predatory spouses take advantage of elderly victims and assume control of their financial affairs. This can have severe consequences for the victim and their family. Recently Canadian courts have taken a stricter stance on what sort…

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Published on: 3 Oct 2013 By ,

What are the requirements of a legal Will in Ontario?

Siskinds lawyer Laura Geddes writes about what is required in order for a Will to be considered valid. Often people attempt to write their own Will, but if it does not conform to the legal guidelines then it will not be recognized and it may not be possible to follow through on their wishes. Many...

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