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Grant your power of attorney like you would use your stress relief spinner. Use with caution.

  Recently, my kids brought home on of those stress reliever spinning things. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5EzT4sE-No   Essentially to relieve stress, you put the spinner in your fingers, and through the wonders of centrifugal force, the spinner creates a weird sensation in your hand.  Admittedly, the gadget fascinated me for about 10 minutes – and remarkably, it […]

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Hooray for Latin – Finding Nemo

My latin is rather rusty. Never learned it in school, and only came across it in law school, where suddenly phrases that could be easily understood by me if they were said in English were now presented in Latin.   One that has always stood out for me is the phrase Nemo Dat Quod Non Habet. […]

Website Redesign and tons of stuff happening.

Exciting stuff.  It is nice to finally have a website that doesn’t look like it was designed by a 5 year five old.  Thanks to Jon at Blend360 Communications for all his hard work. Very excited with all of the developments here. Working on my blog posts for make a will month.  I am guest blogging […]

Why Everyone Should Have a Will

56% of adult Canadians do not have a will.  I find this statistic astonishing. I would guess that if you asked these people if they should have a will, most would agree that they should – even if they don’t exactly know why. In a nutshell, a will is so important for the following reasons: […]

Living Wills – Are They Necessary?

That right there is a loaded question. I make my living making wills and powers of attorney, and charge a premium when my client wishes to prepare a living will along with these documents. It is therefore against my financial self interest to discourage people to make these documents. Yet I often, but not always […]

Appointing Guardians of Minor Children

Part of planning your will involves deciding who you would like to have look after your children if you pass away before they reach the age of majority. As long as there is no other person entitled to custody (like another parent, or a person with a court order granting custody), then you may appoint […]

Advance Healthcare Directives – What are they? Do I need one?

Wills and powers of attorney are, in my view an essential part of any estate plan. What about “Living Wills” and Advance Healthcare Directives? What is a Living Will (Advance Healthcare Directive)? A living will is a binding document that allows you to express your specific wishes about specific types of treatment. Unfortunately only morbid […]

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