Passing on the family cottage
For many families, a summer or winter home or cottage is one of their most treasured assets. Most cottage owners want the cottage to stay in the family for generations. However, this requires significant thought and planning. Families need to...
British Columbia introduces legislation allowing wills to be created and signed electronically
British Columbia introduced legislation on June 22, 2020, to enable courts to accept electronic wills and to permit the remote witnessing of wills. Bill 21 proposes amendments to the Wills, Estates and Succession Act of British Columbia to enable the...
Electronic witnessing of BC estate planning documents
The BC Government has declared a state of emergency as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, we are encouraged to maintain physical distance from one another. Even when it may be possible to meet and maintain an...
Estate planning during the Coronavirus pandemic: Giving it away
Estate planning can be a challenging process in the best of times. No one wants to face the reality of illness or death. The current pandemic forces us to face that reality. While most of us are in self-isolation, we...
Turning our minds to estate planning and the importance of maintaining an up-to-date estate plan
A number of factors motivate individuals to engage in the estate planning process. Common motivating factors include a change in relationship status, births or deaths in one’s family, a change in net worth and a health diagnosis that turns one’s...
Karima Kanani will be speaking to the Halton Nonprofit Network on Corporate Governance Issues in Burlington, ON November 29, 2018. Sandra Enticknap, QC will be presenting at the STEP Conference entitled Tips, Trap, Trends, and Techniques in Charitable Giving, on...
The TCJA and Beyond
The TCJA and Beyond
OUR 2017 STEP Journal article discussed British Columbia’s 15 per cent property transfer tax (the Vancouver tax), applicable to certain foreign buyers of residential property in the Greater Vancouver regional district. On 21 April 2017, the Ontario government followed suit...
Additional Property Transfer Tax in BC Effective August 2, 2016
Effective August 2, 2016, a new tax of 15% of fair market value is payable by “foreign nationals” or “foreign corporations” who acquire “residential property” in the Greater Vancouver Regional District. This tax is in addition to the current Property...
2016 BC Budget Update: Property Transfer Tax
On February 16, 2016, British Columbia Finance Minister Michael de Jong tabled the British Columbia budget for 2016. Included in the budget were changes to property transfer tax, which is generally paid whenever real property in the province is transferred...
What is Fair Market Value? Tax Court Considers Valuation of Donated Bottles of Rare Wine
Under the Income Tax Act, a taxpayer may claim a charitable donation tax credit for a gift made to a Canadian registered charity, if such gift is supported by an official donation receipt issued by the charity. According to Canada...
British Columbia Court considers Conditional Donations
On October 17, 2013, the British Columbia Supreme Court in Norman Estate v. Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Canada, 2013 BCSC 2099, held that a gift subject to a condition stipulating that the donors could request a refund...
Major Changes in British Columbia in Family Law which Impact Estate Planning
British Columbia has new legislation with respect to family law, the Family Law Act (the “FLA”), which came into force March 18, 2013. Prior to the FLA coming into force, division of “family assets” was available only to legally married...
Maximizing Credits when Gifting by Will and Trusts
At the 2013 Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP) Conference, there was a review of the law and the positions of CRA regarding gifts to registered charities by Will or by trusts, and the technical rules and complications that...
Federal Budget Review
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Recommended Practices for Wills Practitioners Relating to Potential Undue Influence: A Guide
British Columbia Law Institute
Sandra Enticknap is a member of the Project Committee that produced this report for the British Columbia Law Institute.
Administration of Estates and Trusts
Thomson Reuters Carswell
Chapter in Miller Thomson on Estate Planning.
Important Considerations When Making A Will in BC
Vancouver Sun Leave A Legacy Supplement
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British Columbia Probate and Estate Administration Practice Manual
Editor and Contributing Author, CLEBC
Proposed Changes to Dependents Relief Under the Wills Variation Act of British Columbia Rejected
Bill 4 – Wills Estates and Succession Act – The Proposed New Succession Law for BC: Highlights and Implications for Charities
Miller Thomson Seminar: "Charities & Not For Profit Update"
Alter Ego and Joint Spousal/Partner Trusts – The Trust and Tax Issues
Miller Thomson Private Client Services Seminar
“Eco-burials” in British Columbia
British Columbia’s Charitable Purposes Preservation Act in Force
Using a Trust as a Will Substitute
B.C. Registrar Confirms That Charities May Ask Reasonable Questions And Expect Answers in Estate Matters
New B.C. Legislation Protects Charitable Trusts
Interprovincial Allocation of Probate Fees
B.C. Trustee Act Investment Provisions Proclaimed
When Gifts Become Problems
New Trustee Act Investment Provisions in British Columbia and Alberta