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The Case for Dual Wills

One method for reducing probate fees in Ontario is the use of multiple Wills. Why do we want to avoid probate? Probate may be required to transfer certain assets and there is a tax of 1.5% of the value of the estate that is payable to the Province.
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Employment Issues in the Purchase of a Business – Be Aware of Your Obligations

When purchasing a business, it is important to be aware of the obligations owed to employees of the vendor as they will survive closing and become additional liabilities for the purchaser.
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Incorporation of your Business

One of the key considerations in establishing the corporation is the name of the corporation. The onus for insuring that the proposed corporate name complies with Ontario law is now on the applicant.
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Court of appeal for Ontario

The facts of this case are simple. On April 26, 2010, the respondent was driving home from work alone. While she was stopped at a stop light, a police officer observed her to have a cell phone in her hand. She said that the cell phone had been on the seat but had dropped to the floor of the car when she braked. She picked it up when she got to the red light. That was when she was observed by the officer.
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Capital Gains Tax and the Family Cottage

The family cottage can be among a family’s most cherished institutions. Unfortunately, a cottage does not qualify as a Principle Residence and is therefore subject to capital gains tax on the death of the original owners. Often the cottage has to be sold just to pay the tax owing.
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Estate Planning

We are pleased to provide the following information to you for consideration in planning your estate.

In the event that you pass away without a Will, your estate will be distributed to members of your family in the proportions prescribed by provincial law (the law of Intestacy). This distribution may or may not be according to your wishes and will usually cost the estate more to administer. As a result, there will be less money available for distribution to the family.
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Succession Planning – When to Start

Most people put off planning for the handing over of a business that may have been a lifetime’s work to build. Like a Will it can easily be put aside. Like it or not, you must address it.
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Mandatory Road Side Testing

With the advent of legalization of marijuana, the federal government is taking the opportunity to revamp the criminal code in relation to driving while impaired.

One of the amendments however is creating a great deal of concern in the legal community. Police will be given the authority to pull drivers over at random. Currently there is a requirement of “probable  cause”.
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