When you are retired, but still have your physical and mental health, you should take a fresh look at your financial plans, your estate plan and will, and how you and your spouse communicate. Health changes can be sudden in one’s later years, and in bad cases can have a very negative impact on your ability to think through and deal with issues.
As our world becomes increasingly digital, it is worth taking a fresh look at the possible consequences of the changes we are witnessing and participating in. As I grow older, I become more aware of the question, “What happens to all this when I die?”
Just a few years ago, newspaper headlines were talking about how “virtual worlds” such as Second Life were being cited in divorce actions. Those articles have gone away, but new ones have arrived with different social sites and surprising statisics.
Updated May 11, 2012
The Alberta Registries have informed us of a significant change in procedures that will potentially impact everyone filing for a divorce in the province.
Tom Carter, Canadian author of Write Your Legal Will in 3 Easy Steps, was recently interviewed on the noon hour news at CTV in Edmonton. Carter discusses the steps to writing your own will, whether you can do it yourself or need a lawyer, and addresses changes to the Wills Act in Alberta.
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[Updated] This is a summary of Alberta’s new Wills and Succession Act, which came into force on February 1st 2012. The new Act repeals the Wills Act, Intestate Succession Act, Dependents’ Relief Act,, Survivorship Act, and s. 47 Trustee Act. It also amends the Amends Matrimonial Property Act (MPA) to allow for MPA applications after death of spouse.
This is a summary of British Columbia’s new Wills, Estates, and Succession Act, which was to come into force in early 2012 and has been delayed to Spring 2013. The new Act repeals the Estate Administration Act, Probate Recognition Act, Wills Act, Wills Variation Act, and sections of the Law and Equity Act, and Survivorship and Presumption of Death Act.
Whether you are young, old, healthy, or sick, leaving a will is an important task that should be done by all individuals. Granted, it can be stressful to think about what should happen in the case of your death, whether sudden or expected. But leaving a valid will can give you peace of mind and unburden your loved ones who are sure to face legal complexities should you pass away without a will.
We have received some questions about updates to our divorce kits for Alberta. The information below applies to both the printed version of the kit and the download version. Continue reading
Alberta has introduced, at short notice, a new process for divorce applications, together with new paperwork, starting on November 1st. We have prepared new instructions together with the new forms and they are available on the Updates page of current Alberta kits. Continue reading