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Canadian Divorce Statistics

In the year 2020, there were over 42,933 divorces granted throughout the nation. While the pandemic did slow divorce down somewhat, it is clear that many marriages in Canada will eventually dissolve.  This does not count common-law separations, which are often treated, legally, like divorces but are not recorded as divorces.  Here are some of…

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Filing for Divorce in Canada

Wondering how to get a divorce in Saskatchewan? Our family law office is here to help. We have handled some of the toughest divorce cases in the province.  To get divorced, you must have grounds, but they’re usually simple to meet. Most people choose the option to separate from their spouses for one year. You…

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The Alberta Estate Administration Act: A Brief Overview

The Estate Administration Act of Alberta are the set of laws that govern the duties of Administrators and Executors who are tasked with managing estates. This act names these individuals as personal representatives of the decedent.    The Act exists to protect the wishes of the decedent. It also outlines what happens when someone dies…

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How Do You Give Someone Power of Attorney in Alberta?

Deciding who you might wish to hold power of attorney in the event that you are no longer capable of managing your own affairs is a vital and oft-overlooked element of estate planning. It is a document that you put together while you are still in command of your own faculties.    This incapacitation can…

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Everything You Need to Know About Condo Status Certificates

A condo status certificate, also known as an estoppel certificate, certifies that certain things are true about a condominium you intend to buy. The last thing you want to do is buy into a condo building that’s on shaky legal or financial grounds. An estoppel certificate or status certificate helps prevent that problem.   These…

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Is Inheritance Taxable in Canada?

Managing the estate’s tax burden is an important part of the estate planning process. Fortunately, Canada makes taxation relatively easy on decedents and heirs alike.   While your heirs will not be directly taxed upon your death, your estate will. With a solid estate plan in place, your executor should have a relatively easy time…

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New Residential Rental Property Rebates in Alberta: The Complete Guide

Rebates can save you a substantial amount of money on your real estate purchases by lowering your overall tax liability.    There are two federal rebates that Alberta property purchasers can benefit from: the GST/HST New Housing Rebate and the GST/HST New Residential Rental Property Rebate.   Here’s your complete guide to these rebates, as…

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The Ultimate Guide to Executor Fees in Canada

Have you recently taken on the role of executor to an estate? Are you the beneficiary of an estate who is worried about what your executor might be doing?   Both parties may be surprised to learn that in Alberta, and throughout the country, executors are allowed to receive payment from the estate for their…

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Buying and Selling Property as a Non-Resident in Canada: the Definitive Guide

A non-resident may buy and sell property in Canada. A non-resident may even earn income on a property in Canada, either by turning it into a rental property or by turning it into a short-term rental like an Airbnb. That said, owning, maintaining, renting, and selling property across national lines can get complicated. Here’s what…

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How Long Does a Beneficiary Have to Sign a Release?

If you’re the beneficiary of a will you may be surprised to learn that the executor of the estate is likely to ask you to sign a release or waiver form before they let you have your inheritance. Being asked to sign a release often causes beneficiaries some anxiety. Here is everything you need to…

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