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.
Understanding how the Courts of Justice Act and the Small Claims Court Rules operate and apply to your legal claim is fundamental to achieving a successful outcome. While the costs and complexity of litigation can sometimes be a burden to accessing the justice system, the Small Claims Court is designed to streamline the litigation process by simplifying the procedure for claims up to $25,000; not inclusive of costs.
My first property purchase was fourteen acres of a vacant, rural, wooded lot north west of Kingston. A river crossed over the northeast corner, separating the land into two pieces. The parcel across the river was pretty much unusable-it was landlocked and surrounded by conservation land, ensuring that we would never be looking at a condo or any other unwholesome development. As Torontonians, this seemed like paradise found!
When I worked in the mental health sector, capacity planning meant setting out health care instructions in advance for a substitute decision maker called upon during periods of episodic illness-usually in relation to young adults.
Estate planning involves similar considerations with two main differences: first, capacity planning in these circumstances recognizes that the potential for incapacity is not episodic but probably permanent; and, second, that incapacity planning will involve not only decision making related to treatment of illness, but also financial and long term care decisions.
A carefully planned will is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family. While there are many reasons why this is true, this brief article explains the three most important reasons why everyone should think carefully about planning their estate.
Do-it-yourself will kits can be an inexpensive option in the short term, but the final product is often created without attention the most important aspects of estate planning. Ensuring that your will is executed the way you intend requires a thoughtful and knowledgeable consideration of the finer points of the law in this area. Ambiguity in the terms of the will may invite legal challenge or require judicial interpretation. These processes can be expensive and may not attract a positive outcome, in addition to draining estate resources. An experienced estate planning lawyer is essential in helping to ensure that a will complies with relevant laws and that the estate plan accurately reflects the intentions of the testator.