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Common-Law Relationships And Estates Law

Common-law couples do not have the same rights as married couples. If your common-law partner passes away without a will, you may not have many legal options at your disposal to protect your rights to his or her estate. It’s important to understand the options you can pursue in this situation, and to discuss them with your partner as you plan your wills to make sure each of you is protected.

As outlined on s Steps to Justice page, there are a couple of alternatives that a surviving partner can look into. Below is a very brief summary of your options. For more information, it’s best advised to consult a legal professional to find out how these options may be applied to your specific situation.

CIVIL LITIGATION LAWYER

Ryder-Burbidge Hurley Foster is seeking a civil litigation lawyer to join our firm. The ideal candidate will have excellent technical and client abilities and will immediately assume a number of files related to general civil and commercial litigation, personal injury, disability claims, wrongful dismissal, and construction law-at least two to five years' experience in these areas would be an asset. The ideal candidate will also be proficient with relevant legal technology and will have proven research, drafting, negotiating, and advocacy skills. We are looking for someone who will want to grow a healthy law practice within our firm.

CIVIL LITIGATION LAWYER

Ryder-Burbidge Hurley Foster is seeking a civil litigation lawyer to join our firm. The ideal candidate will have excellent technical and client abilities and will immediately assume a number of files related to general civil and commercial litigation, personal injury, disability claims, wrongful dismissal, and construction law-at least two to five years' experience in these areas would be an asset. The ideal candidate will also be proficient with relevant legal technology and will have proven research, drafting, negotiating, and advocacy skills. We are looking for someone who will want to grow a healthy law practice within our firm.

WHEN A JOINT TENANCY....ISN'T...

There are many different way to share ownership of an asset with another person.

In a "joint tenancy" situation, two or more people own property together and if one person dies, the surviving owner(s) automatically acquires the ownership share of the deceased person. This means that no part of the property falls into the estate of a deceased joint owner until the last owner dies.

WHAT TO THINK ABOUT IF YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT DOWNSIZING

Maybe you've been dreaming of leaving the city's frenetic pace behind for retirement in the country. Or you've recently begun to hear the siren's call of condo living beckoning you to scale back.

As retirement gets closer, kids grow up, and lifestyles change, people tend to think about what's next. For a lot of us, that means packing up the family home and finding a spot to live happily ever after. While it can be a lot of fun to envision your retirement pad, there's a lot to consider before making the move. Whatever the reason, if you're thinking about downsizing, we're here to help.

WHAT SARAH SAID

This is one of my favourite songs by Death Cab for Cutie-a mournful composition of a last vigil. Unlike my musician spouse, poignant lyrics will draw me into a song much more quickly than the accompanying musical score. And my pull to this particular song has become even stronger lately as I spend more and more time with clients in urgent and palliative care.

ESTATE PLANNING: CHOOSING A POWER OF ATTORNEY

In this day and age, not even landing on the moon can protect someone from apparent elder abuse.

Edwin E. (Buzz) Aldrin is suing two of his children and a former manager. The famous astronaut is accusing them of mismanaging his business affairs and of slandering him by claiming that 88-year-old Aldrin has dementia.

THE DECLINE OF THE WRITTEN WORD

I was surprised to learn-only just recently-that students are no longer learning to "write" in school. With computers and laptops in school, printing is about as far as the pen goes. Having completed my first post secondary degree on a typewriter-and the second on a computer in a bank of machines located in a dusty basement of the university-it made me pause to think about a world in without writing utensils.