Estate Planning Discussions Prudent Before an Emergency

It can be one of the toughest subjects to talk about, but discussing estate planning is important for families to ensure final wishes are honoured, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer Elinor Shinehoft. “Usually when we talk about planning, we’re discussing the preparation of a will and powers of attorney,” Shinehoft, the principal of Shinehoft Law, tells AdvocateDaily.com. Talking…

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Cohabitation agreements make asset division, support easier upon split

Common-law couples could make their lives easier by drafting up simple cohabitation agreements, which Toronto family lawyer Elinor Shinehoft calls an incredibly underutilized tool. “It’s a written instrument that allows the common-law couple to determine certain ways of dealing with issues on the breakdown of a relationship,” Shinehoft, principal of Toronto family and personal injury firm, Shinehoft Law, tells AdvocateDaily.com.…

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Collaborative Law Can Diffuse Volatile Family Law Cases

Collaborative law can be an effective way to handle high-conflict cases of separation and divorce, including those involving domestic violence and substance abuse, says Toronto family lawyer Elinor Shinehoft. While many people believe collaborative divorce, which involves interest-based negotiations, is only available to ex-spouses who still get along, it can also be used in highly…

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