Estates & Trusts

Estates & Trusts

Our estates and trusts lawyers have a broad range of experience in estate planning and the administration of estates and trusts. Across Atlantic Canada, we provide both personal and business clients with considered advice on:

  • Proper organization of their affairs to preserve capital and minimize taxes.
  • Planning for incapacity through the use of enduring powers of attorney, health care directives and living wills.
  • The use of holding companies and the effective treatment of foreign or multi-jurisdictional assets.

The checklist below will serve as a helpful tool.
Estate Planning Preparation – Checklist

We also advise estate trustees, executors, administrators and/or beneficiaries regarding all litigious or potentially litigious matters relating to estates. For details, visit Estate Litigation.



Articles & Insights

Mind your business: Business Assets, Professional Corporations & Divorce

Business owners or the spouse of a business owner encounter unique considerations when facing a divorce. The Marital Property Act’s Treatment of Business Assets The New Brunswick Marital Property Act, RSNB 2012, c 107 [hereinafter the “Marital Property Act”] exempts business assets from division with a spouse upon the breakdown of a marriage. Business assets […]

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Signing Estate Planning Documents in New Brunswick During COVID-19

Introduction Until recently, New Brunswick law required that individuals meet in the physical presence of witnesses – and in certain cases, lawyers – to execute a valid Will or Enduring Power of Attorney. On December 18, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which made in-person meetings more difficult and less safe, the New Brunswick […]

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Zombie Deeds Can Finally Be Laid to Rest

In the spirit of the season, it seems timely to review the recent Ontario case of Thompson v Elliott Estate, which considered the validity of “zombie” deeds. As the judge in that case describes them, a zombie deed is “a transfer of an interest in land registered after the death of the grantor as if […]

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