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Costs in estate litigation—1) What are the applicable cost consequences against unsuccessful litigants in the context of estate litigation?; 2) How are cost consequences triggered?; and 3) What are the cost awards available to successful litigants in estate appeals?
Does a testator's common law wife have any valid claim against his estate where the testator willed everything to his son, and the son died after the testator but before receiving his inheritance?
Does an attorney under a continuing power of attorney governed by Ontario's Substitute Decisions Act, 1992 have a duty to account to a beneficiary of the donor's estate respecting a period prior to the donor's death when the grantor was mentally competent?
Under what circumstances can an estate trustee be removed and replaced with a corporate trustee? Is the removal of an estate trustee a different matter than the removal of the trustee of a family trust?
Under what circumstances can an estate trustee be removed and replaced?
What are the criteria for appointing an interim Estate Trustee under s. 28 of the Estates Act?
What are the differences in terms of the rights of a wife should her husband die without a Will versus with a Will?
What is the general state of the law respecting quantum meruit, and in particular, the essential elements to be entitled to receipt of same from an estate when services have been rendered to the deceased prior to death?
What is the test for security for costs different for estate matters and/or matters under the Family Law Act?
What rights does a testator and/or executor have with respect to an estate's digital assets, and accordingly, how are a testator's digital assets best protected during the succession planning process?
What value is to be given an asset for the purposes of estate administration tax?
When instructed to do so by a clause contained in a will, is an estate trustee able to deplete the estate in defending the will against the dependant support claims brought by the disinherited children of the testator?
When the grantor of a continuing power of attorney for property in Ontario becomes mentally incompetent after the grant, how is the attorney's duty to account affected?
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