Tax & Estate Planning

Virtual Witnessing of Estate Planning Documents (COVID-19)

The Provinces of Alberta and British Columbia have recently passed Ministerial Orders which will temporarily allow for the virtual witnessing of Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney, Personal Directives (Alberta), and Representation Agreements (BC), provided certain requirements are met. Notably, the BC Order requires that the relevant document be witnessed by a lawyer or notary public, while the Alberta Order requires that the individual making the document receives advice from a lawyer respecting the making, signing and witnessing of the document. Effective from May 15, 2020 (in Alberta) and May 19, 2020 (in BC), individuals who wish to make or update…


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Tax & Estate Planning

STEP Canada / Canada Revenue Agency Roundtable (2019)

This year, two of our associates – Katherine Ratcliffe and Jocelyn Arnason – attended the 21stannual Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Canada National Conference in Toronto, Ontario on June 6th and 7th, 2019. As usual, the STEP Canada/Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Roundtable was one of the highlights of the conference. During the Roundtable, the CRA provided detailed answers to 18 pre-selected questions posed by trust and estate practitioners across Canada on a variety of topics, including 6 questions requesting clarification on the relatively new "tax on split income" (TOSI) rules. In advance of the release of the CRA's...

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