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Wednesday’s Video Clip: Ontario Wills 101: Issues to Consider Before Meeting your Lawyer

Posted June 21, 2017

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Wednesday's Video Clip: Ontario Wills 101: Issues to Consider Before Meeting your Lawyer

In Ontario, a Will is a written document that sets out the person's wishes about how his or her estate should be taken care of and distributed after death. In this video, a senior law clerk with Russell Alexander Family Lawyers, describes what a will is, some of the early issues to consider for preparing a will, and what steps you should take once you have your will in place.

At Russell Alexander Family Lawyers our focus is exclusively family law, ...

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Proposed Family Law Act Amendments Broaden Support Obligations to Disabled Adults

Posted June 19, 2017

Proposed Family Law Act Amendments Broaden Support Obligations to Disabled Adults

Under proposed recent amendments to the Family Law Act, parents will be required to support an adult child who has an illness, disability, or other issue that makes them unable to support themselves.

Bill 113, which is a NDP-backed private member’s Bill introduced late March 2017, contains amendments which reiterate that “every parent has an ...

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To All the Amateur Lawyers: How Do You Equalize When the House Cost More to Build, Than it’s Currently Worth?

Posted June 15, 2017

To All the Amateur Lawyers:  How Do You Equalize When the House Cost More to Build, Than it’s Currently Worth?

Anyone who has built their own “dream home” knows that building costs can spiral out of control, and the project can turn into a financial nightmare. This is even more so, when it comes time to divide the value of the home during a divorce. Some very interesting – and legally perplexing -- questions can arise, such as ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: Ontario Wills & Estates – What Is A Power Of Attorney

Posted June 14, 2017


Wednesday's Video Clip: Ontario Wills & Estates - What Is A Power Of Attorney

In Ontario, a Power of Attorney is a legal document that gives someone else the right to act on your behalf.

In this video we discuss the importance of a Power of Attorney and what options and decisions you should consider when deciding who should be your power of attorney.

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Even Judges Get it Wrong Sometimes

Posted June 12, 2017

Even Judges Get it Wrong Sometimes

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a case called Butty v. Butty. This was a decision by Justice Pazaratz in which he considered how the parties’ separation agreement, which was intended to exempt the husband’s farm property from the normal property-equalization regime, should be interpreted after it came to light that the husband owned two separate parcels of land, rather than one as ...

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For Amateur Lawyers, Part 2: Equalizing a House that Cost More to Build than it’s Worth

Posted June 12, 2017

For Amateur Lawyers, Part 2: Equalizing a House that Cost More to Build than it’s Worth

As I reported last week, the case of Strobele v. Strobele involved a couple who in the two years leading up to their final split had invested all their life savings (and more) to build their “dream home”. Unfortunately, it turned out that not only was the construction project the “death-knell” to their relationship, ...

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Not All Internet Evidence is Created Equally

Posted June 8, 2017

Not All Internet Evidence is Created Equally

Recently, I have touched on the issue of whether evidence taken from the Internet is reliable enough for the purpose of Family Law trials.

But as anyone knows who has ever spent time surfing the Internet – which is all of us - there are websites, and then there are websites. Just because something is on the internet, certainly doesn’t mean that it’s reliable, ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: Ontario Divorce without Courts: Introduction to Collaborative Practice

Posted June 7, 2017


Wednesday's Video Clip: Ontario Divorce without Courts: Introduction to Collaborative Practice

Collaborative Divorce, also known as "Divorce without Courts" or Collaborative Practice, is a new way for lawyers to help resolve your marital dispute respectfully, and without Courts. In Ontario, Lawyers can help negotiate divorce settlements, while maintaining open communication and creating a shared solution between ...

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Wife Didn’t Get “Wish List”, But Pre-Nup Still Upheld

Posted June 5, 2017

Wife Didn’t Get “Wish List”, But Pre-Nup Still Upheld

The husband, who was a wealthy 50-year-old man, met the 42-year-old wife online at MillionaireMatch.com. Their first face-to-face meeting was in Las Vegas, and after a short long-distance courtship decided to marry. It was his third marriage; it was her first.

The husband asked the wife to sign a pre-nuptial agreement, which she did 10 days before the wedding ...

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“The Path to a Successful Divorce” – Available in Print Today!

Posted June 1, 2017

Russell Alexander's new book, "The Path to a Successful Divorce," is now available in print beginning today. Already a No. 1 bestseller on Amazon, Alexander's new book takes readers step-by-step through the process from finding a lawyer to handling post-litigation issues. This is Alexander's first book and one of the few that touches on Ontario divorce law.

In 300-plus pages, "The Path to a Successful Divorce" aims to give readers a ...

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