Tips for estate planning across borders 1

Tips For Estate Planning Across Borders

People should update their wills and powers of attorney if they move to another province or country, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer Elinor Shinehoft. The provinces govern estate documents and each jurisdiction is different in terms of probate rules and taxes, she tells Also, powers of attorney could pose potential… Read More

Married vs. common-law rights in estate matters

Married vs. Common-law Rights in Estate Matters

Married couples and those in common-law relationships are generally treated the same in estates matters, but there are a couple of key differences that can have a financial impact on a surviving spouse, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer Elinor Shinehoft. “Many people don’t realize that there are differences between common-law and married couples when…

POA beats DNR tattoo across chest

POA Beats DNR Tattoo Across Chest

Communicating one’s wishes for end-of-life care is essential to ensure they’re honoured, but there’s still no guarantee that family members and doctors will be aware of a patient’s request, Toronto wills and estates lawyer Elinor Shinehoft tells “I think it’s a matter of stating your wishes in as many ways as possible, but unfortunately…

Estate planning discussions prudent before an emergency

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 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…

Language matters positive changes in family law legislation

Language matters: positive changes in family law legislation

Toronto family lawyer Elinor Shinehoft would like to see Ontario follow Nova Scotia’s lead and replace language such as “access” and “visiting privileges” in its family law legislation with more modern phrasing. “When I hear terms such as ‘custody’ and ‘access’ I think more about aggression and posturing, and who’s going to win and lose,” says Shinehoft,…