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Did Testator’s Chronic Alcoholism Affect His Ability to Make a Valid Will?

Posted September 27, 2018

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Did Testator’s Chronic Alcoholism Affect His Ability to Make a Valid Will?

In a recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision involving a Wills and Estates matter, one of the main questions was whether the testator – a man named Jack – was so impacted by his chronic alcoholism and the after-effects of a heart attack that he did not have the legal capacity to validly make the Will that entirely excluded ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: What can I do if my spouse doesn’t want to get divorced?

Posted September 26, 2018

Wednesday's Video Clip: What can I do if my spouse doesn't want to get divorced?

If your spouse wants to oppose your divorce and you have been separated for more than one year, then there is very little they can do to stop it. Once you have filed an application, they must file materials claiming that the two of you have actually not been living separate and apart for that period of time. If they choose to do this they may be able to delay ...

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Aunt and Nephew Settle on How to Split Disputed $1.2 Lottery Win

Posted September 25, 2018

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Aunt and Nephew Settle on How to Split Disputed $1.2 Lottery Win

In a decision in an unusual recent Nova Scotia case, the court introduced the factual narrative this way:

In July 2018, a winning ticket bearing the names of Barbara Ann Reddick, and her nephew, Tyrone MacInnis, was drawn at the popular Chase the Ace lottery in Margaree.  The lottery ...

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Family Law Costs:  “Divided” Success is not “Equal” Success

Posted September 20, 2018

Family Law Costs:  “Divided” Success is not “Equal” Success

Readers may know that one element of the courts’ role is to allocate how the costs incurred in Family Law proceedings are to be divided up between the litigants.   The presumptive rule, traditionally stated, is that “the costs should follow the event”, which simply means that a litigant who is wholly successful in the proceedings is entitled to have ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: What is a Retainer Agreement?

Posted September 19, 2018

Wednesday's Video Clip: What is a Retainer Agreement?

Ontario family lawyer Russell Alexander talks about retainer agreements between client and lawyer. These agreements set out the scope of services provided by your lawyer and defines the contractual relationship between you and your lawyer.

At Russell Alexander, Family Lawyers our focus is exclusively family law, offering pre-separation legal advice and assisting clients with family related ...

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Please Support the Humane Society of Durham Region

Posted September 18, 2018

Please Support the Humane Society of Durham Region

Russell Alexander, Collaborative Family Lawyers are thrilled to announce that this year our annual charity walk will support the Humane Society of Durham Region. The Friends for Life Walk takes place at Ajax Downs Race Track on Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 12-2 p.m. Pets and donors from all walks of life are welcome.

Join us at Ajax Downs this Saturday, and help us ...

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Single Mom’s Victorious Legal Journey for Disabled Adult Son Finally at an End

Posted September 18, 2018

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Single Mom’s Victorious Legal Journey for Disabled Adult Son Finally at an End

This week we reveal the happy ending to one devoted mother’s ceaseless struggle to obtain child support for her disabled adult son.  It started with the landmark 2017 decision we wrote about previously, which prompted the Ontario government to amend the Family Law Act ...

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Divorce Information Centre Announces New Section for Ontario Separation

Posted September 14, 2018

We are delighted to announce that we have published a new section on our Divorce Information Centre entitled, Separation Process in Ontario – Where Should I Start?. For more information on getting started with your separation, click here.

New information on family law separations and divorce is shared regularly on our Divorce Information Centre. Stay tuned for ...

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