Archive for March, 2013

WESA – The wait is (almost) over…

Today the government announced that the new probate rules and the Wills, Estates and Succession Act (WESA) will come into force on March 31, 2014.  The government has yet to release its regulation detailing with how these provisions will come into force.

Gifts to Charities: Are they dependent on the donor’s tax deduction?

What happens if a donor makes a gift to a registered charity, receives an official donation receipt, but the tax credit claimed by the donor is later disallowed by the Canada Revenue Agency? Is there any way for the donor to then withdraw the gift to the charity? In Neville v. National Foundation for Christian… View this post »

Expansion of the definition of “spouse” in the Family Law Act

On March 18, 2013, the Family Relations Act will be replaced with the Family Law Act. The new FLA introduces a new definition of spouse. Under the current law, the FRA, a spouse is a person who: (1) is married to another person; or (2) lived with another person in a marriage-like relationship for a… View this post »