Stephen Hsia

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Stephen Hsia comments on new BC estate planning laws in The Lawyer’s Daily

The Lawyer's Daily, "B.C. sees new year changes to estate planning, real estate laws"

Stephen Hsia is featured in an article from The Lawyer’s Daily on amendments in British Columbia to permanently allow for remote electronic witnessing of the signing of enduring powers of attorney and representation agreements: …practitioners usually recommend clients get what...

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CRA releases draft guidance on new qualifying disbursements rules, invites feedback

The CRA’s Charities Directorate has issued its long-awaited draft guidance on “Registered charities making grants to non-qualified donees“. The Income Tax Act was amended on June 23, 2022 to include new rules on “qualifying disbursements” (Read our previous article on...

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Elena Hoffstein and Stephen Hsia write on the laws governing gifts by will

The Philanthropist, "The laws governing gifts by will – and the pressures they put on executors"

In this article, Elena Hoffstein and Stephen Hsia propose that extending the window for executors to make a testamentary gift to charity could unlock more giving to the charitable sector: Executors have 60 months from a donor’s death to make...

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Stephen Hsia quoted in Advisor’s Edge article on electronic wills

Advisor's Edge, "B.C. lawyers still wary after a year of electronic wills"

The article looks at the adoption of electronic wills in British Columbia: Stephen Hsia, an estate planning lawyer with Miller Thomson LLP in Vancouver, always regarded electronic wills as the next step in the evolution of testamentary documents. “I just...

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Important dates and reminders for charities

The ever-shorter August days remind me that autumn is around the corner and that most of 2022 is over. In 2022, the Government of Canada had proposed several significant changes to charity law, which we summarized in our special issue...

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Stephen Hsia and Jillana Schmidt-Kim write on electronic witnessing and signing of estate planning documents

The Lawyer's Daily

Stephen Hsia and Jillana Schmidt-Kim’s article titled “Estate planning: Electronic witnessing and signing in B.C.” is published in The Lawyer’s Daily: When preparing an estate plan, British Columbians are generally advised to make three basic documents: a will, an Enduring...

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Electronic witnessing and signing of estate planning documents in British Columbia

Much has changed since May 19, 2020. That is when British Columbia first allowed the remote witnessing of wills, enduring powers of attorney (EPAs), and representation agreements (RAs) to accommodate those isolating because of COVID-19 and the resulting restrictions on...

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Does a promise to transfer property create an express trust?

The British Columbia Court of Appeal recently dealt with whether a promise to transfer property created an express trust in Virk v. Singh, 2022 BCCA 153. Background Mr. and Mrs. Virk married in India in 1977, where they met Mr....

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Funding non-qualified donees just got one step easier for Canadian charities

It might soon be easier for Canadian registered charities to give funds directly to non-qualified donees in Canada and abroad. Currently, Canadian registered charities can use their resources only on their “own activities” or on gifts to other qualified donees....

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Choosing One of Your Adult Children as Your RRSP/RRIF/TFSA Beneficiary? Think -and Act- Carefully

Planning Matters

Stephen Hsia authors an article outlining a few issues to consider when naming one of your adult children as the beneficiary on a registered plan: It’s an increasingly common story. A widow has several children, all of them adults. She...

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The new qualifying disbursements rules: An improvement?

The proposed qualifying disbursements rules have since changed since the publication of this article. Please refer to Miller Thomson LLP’s article, ‘Funding non-qualified donees just got one step easier for Canadian charities’ dated June 6, 2022, which summarizes the latest...

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British Columbia allows electronic wills – A glimpse into Ontario’s future?

Ontario Bar Association Estates and Trusts Law Newsletter

Stephen Hsia writes an article on the promise and potential pitfalls of electronic wills: On December 1, 2021, British Columbia became the first province to allow electronic wills – fully digital wills. This development is welcome news for many Ontarians...

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Stephen Hsia featured in The Globe and Mail article on selecting an executor for a will

The Globe and Mail, "Why you might need to update the executor in your will as you get older"

The article outlines the importance of choosing an executor and some of the factors to consider when making that decision: Stephen Hsia, a Vancouver lawyer specializing in estate planning with Miller Thomson LLP, has a “three T” rule for executor...

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Charitable donations to Ukraine: Four problematic assumptions

The Lawyer's Daily

Stephen Hsia authors an article for The Lawyer’s Daily outlining some problematic assumptions to be aware of when making charitable donations: Canadians are concerned about the armed conflict and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. Donors and charities want to help —...

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Don’t presume your kid will get it: Simard Estate and beneficiary designations

This past February, millions of Canadians contributed to their Registered Retirement Savings Plans (“RRSPs”). However, few may realize that those hard-earned savings might not go to their chosen beneficiary. The British Columbia Supreme Court decision of Simard v. Simard Estate,...

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The Societies Amendment Act, 2021: Time to update your operating system

Every once in a while, my phone reminds me that it’s time to update its operating system. As I have learned the hard way, ignoring those updates can only cause headaches later. Phones on older operating systems not only miss...

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Helping the crisis in Ukraine: Be careful making these 4 assumptions

Canadians are concerned about the ongoing military conflict and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. Donors and charities are looking for ways to help – fast. Despite the urge to help quickly, Canadian donors should refresh themselves on the rules of giving...

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Electronic wills are here in BC – but should you make one?

On December 1, 2021, British Columbia became the first province to allow electronic wills – fully digital wills. Previously, a will-maker could only make a valid will under BC law by signing a physical will with wet ink in the...

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When old bylaws stop you from using BC’s new virtual meeting option: The Farrish 2021 case

As 2021 comes to a close, BC societies should be aware of recent changes in the law that will affect their bylaws and processes. Farrish v. Delta Hospice Society and virtual meetings In May 2021, the BC Government amended the...

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