Ontario raises small estate limit to $150,000

first_img It’s official: marriage no longer revokes a will in Ontario Melissa ShinRudy Mezzetta Ontario allows probate applications by email Share this article and your comments with peers on social media last will and testament waiting to be filled and signed wisitporn/123RF Related news “Right now, the process to apply to manage an estate in Ontario is the same, whether the estate is worth $10,000 or $10 million. The process can be time-consuming and costly, deterring people from claiming smaller estates — and that isn’t right,” said Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey in a release.Raising the small-estate limit means more estates will be able to access a simplified probate process. Probate fees — known as the estate administration tax — are still due on the portion of the estate worth more than $50,000, however.Also as of Apr. 1, the province is removing the requirement to post bond in small-estate probate applications unless a beneficiary is a minor or deemed incapable.Keith Masterman, vice-president of tax, retirement and estate planning with CI Investments Inc. in Toronto, said in an interview before today’s announcement that speeding up the probate process for small estates would be a positive step — but that the province should improve the process for all estates.“Technically the banks and investment companies can take the position — and they often do — that they can’t take instructions from the executor until probate is obtained. Meanwhile those assets are fluctuating,” he said. “Larger estates are out there with fluctuations in the value of assets that are costing people real money.”Krystyne Rusek, an estate lawyer with Pallett Valo LLP in Mississauga, Ont., said in an interview before the announcement that the threshold for a small estate in areas with higher costs of living could be set higher.“In Toronto, a small estate would be $500,000; that’s not a small estate anywhere else [in the province],” she said.Other issues outstandingLast August, Downey sent a letter to legal stakeholders and estate lawyers “to seek feedback on ways to advance estates law in Ontario,” a Ministry of the Attorney General spokesperson said at the time. A question about the small estate limit was included.Downey’s letter requested comment on six other issues, including when the emergency order allowing wills and powers of attorney to be signed virtually should be lifted, or whether such provisions should be made permanent; whether to repeal the section of law that revokes a will upon marriage; and whether courts should be granted more latitude in validating or rectifying an improper will.Today’s announcement did not address the other issues. (Editor’s note: the Ontario government introduced a bill on Tues., Feb. 16 that would permanently permit virtual witnessing and repeal the statute that revokes a will upon marriage.)Regarding will signing, Rusek said her firm has been using the practice as a “last resort.” Instead, the firm has been meeting with clients outdoors when possible.“Litigation on the estate side is going to increase because of these virtually witnessed wills,” she said. “The lawyers can’t see who is in that room.”However, Rusek has not heard of any wills being challenged yet, saying that “everyone is staying on top of [the issue].” She added that virtual witnessing would have benefits outside of a pandemic, including for older clients who find it difficult to access law offices.“If it’s done properly, [virtual will witnessing] should go forward,” Rusek said. Marriage won’t revoke a will under proposed Ontario legislation Keywords Estate planning,  Ontario Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Courts could save invalid wills if Ontario bill passes Ontario survivors could now receive more if their spouses die without a will Small estates in Ontario will soon be defined as those worth up to $150,000, instead of $50,000.The move, announced Friday, takes effect Apr. 1. The change follows a stakeholder consultation that  began in August 2020. last_img read more

Vodafone Australia’s core upgrade to pave way for VoLTE

first_img Ericsson-Samsung patent deal ends legal disputes Tags HomeAsiaNews Vodafone Australia’s core upgrade to pave way for VoLTE Vodafone Hutchison Australia selected Ericsson to modernise its core network and prepare for the launch of VoLTE trials later this year and a full commercial rollout early next year.The company’s CTO Benoit Hanssen said its current 4G networks focus on supporting faster data services. “But no Australian network offers voice calls on its 4G network, and our new core network will enable us to do that,” he noted.The company aims for its 4G network to cover 95 per cent of the country’s metropolitan population by the end of the year by using its 850MHz spectrum. Its 4G network is now live in selected metro areas in about nine cities.The core network upgrade is part of a five-year, multi-billion-dollar investment aimed at improving service quality to stay competitive as incumbent Telstra continues to gain market share (now at 53 per cent). Vodafone’s share has dropped to 17 per cent from 20 per cent a year ago, according to GSMA Intelligence. A quarter of Vodafone’s and Optus’ connections are 4G while 33 per cent, or 5.4 million, of Telstra’s are 4G.As part of the overall modernisation plan, Vodafone will move to a fully virtualised core network using network functions virtualisation (NFV) technology to boost network agility and flexibility.There has been a flurry of VoLTE activity in the US and Asia in past weeks with AT&T, Bouygues Telecom, HKT, NTT Docomo, SingTel and T-Mobile US each declaring that they have either recently launched commercial VoLTE or are on the verge of doing so.They join South Korea’s three major network operators, and Metro PCS (now part of T-Mobile US), which were first out of the VoLTE traps back in August 2012.Vodafone UK has also successfully tested VoLTE in the lab, but has not committed to a timeframe for commercial launch. 2degrees taps Ericsson for 5G RAN, core equipment Joseph Waring Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more core networkEricssonVodafone Australiacenter_img Previous ArticleMobile users account for half of Korea’s online bankingNext ArticleAsian consumers take tablets for voice connectivity AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 21 AUG 2014 Author Asia Huawei, ZTE boost global infrastructure market share Relatedlast_img read more

Fast-track pilot scheme causes ‘chaos’ at RCJ

first_imgA pilot scheme to test block-listing of fast-track civil cases threw the Central London County Court (CLCC) into ‘chaos’ this week, lawyers have told the Gazette.The scheme, which will run until 11 September at the Royal Courts of Justice, caused lengthy delays when it was launched on Tuesday, with many parties waiting all morning for their cases to be heard.The scheme block-lists fast-track civil cases on an unassigned list in the CLCC in order to ‘maximise’ the number of cases that can be heard in a day. The unassigned list means that no judge is assigned to a case in the hope that one will become free, for example if another case settles.The pilot covers cases from all London county courts as well as suitable cases from some county courts in the south-east.The Gazette understands that on the first day of the pilot scheme 28 cases had been placed on the unassigned list rather than the usual total of around six. One barrister said there was ‘utter chaos’ in the morning as there were ‘nowhere near enough’ judges to hear the unassigned trials. He said that some cases were sent to nearby courts with capacity, such as Clerkenwell, while his case was eventually heard at 2.30pm.Jasmine Murphy, a barrister at Hardwicke, said her one-day hearing which had been listed for 10am was not heard until 4pm when it was adjourned at the request of the opposing side.While there have been some delays in the past due to the unassigned list, there have never been delays to this extent, she said.HM Courts and Tribunal Service said that all cases were ‘dealt with’ by the end of the day. It confirmed that ‘dealt with’ cases include those adjourned. It added that the scheme was run at this time to utilise the spare courtroom capacity at the Royal Courts of Justice during the summer vacation.HMCTS plans to review the pilot at the end of the pilot and get user feedback, but said it was too early to say whether the scheme will be rolled out to other courts if it proves successful. The experiences left some lawyers concerned about how the system would work if it were to be used more regularly.‘I don’t think it’s an efficient system, nor a costs-saving system and it puts unfair pressure on judges, court staff, parties, witnesses and their legal representatives,’ Murphy said.last_img read more

Thursday soccer roundup: Whitehall pulls out a win, Mona Shores gets a conference victory

first_img Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Ads by Amazon $0.00 Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Not relevant Shares Other ENDS IN Add Comments (Max 320 characters) $15.29$17.99 Not relevant Share $49.95 50PC Disposable Face MàSc/Mack Anti-Dust … (17612) × ENDS IN (31628) Displayed poorly × Inappropriate / Offensive LocalSportsJournal.comThe Whitehall girls soccer team took a two-goal lead, lost it, then got a late goal to defeat Fruitport 3-2 in a tight non-conference battle on Thursday.Maggie Evans had two goals for Whitehall while Emma Thompson had one. Kacy Jeffries and Rileigh Thommen each had an assist.The Vikings are now 6-2 on the season.O-K BLACKMONA SHORES 6, KENOWA HILLS 1 –  A second-half surge made the difference for the Sailors.Bri Wade recorded Mona Shores’ only first half goal, with the assist coming from Julia Tierman. Nora Brown scored two second-half goals for the Sailors while Caitlin McCombs, Annie Anderson and Tierman each had one apiece. Tierman, Wade, Emilee Carlson, Madelyn Anderson, Mieke Hart and Sydney Fetters each had assists.Mona Shores is now 5-1-2 overall and 5-0 in the o-K Black.NON-CONFERENCERAVENNA 1, GRANT 1 – Isabel Hammond recorded the lone goal for Ravenna with Pilar Ibanez getting the assist. Ravenna goalkeeper Bailey Walker recorded 11 saves. The Bulldogs are now 6-4-1 overall and 2-2 in the conference.FREMONT 0, SHELBY 0 – Despite outshooting Shelby 16-1, the Fremont girls soccer team was unable to find the back of the net Thursday night. Goalkeeper Lexi Schultz recorded all 16 saves for Shelby while Audrie Johnson made the one save for FremontFremont is now 4-2-3 overall and Shelby is 1-5-2.FRUITPORT CALVARY CHRISTIAN 2, AVIATION ACADEMY 2 – Fruitport Calvary took the lead with a goal from Madison Hoofman, assisted by Bree Johnson. Aviation scored twice to take the lead into halftime. Johnson scored the tying goal in the second half, with an assist from Emily May. Goalkeeper Jordan Miller had six saves for Calvary, which is now 5-1-1 overall and 1-1-1 in conference play. Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Inappropriate / Offensive Report a problem This item is… $37.99 Bestseller Displayed poorly Shop Now $0.00 Other The League Other Inappropriate / Offensive Not relevant Displayed poorly (7802) Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. $9.99 (822) × Displayed poorly Other MIRITY Women Racerback Sports Bra… (2) ENDS IN Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Displayed poorly 0 Report a problem This item is… DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN Report a problem This item is… Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. $0.00 DEAL OF THE DAY Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. × Fox Sports Go Bestseller Displayed poorly Displayed poorly Other Other Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Inappropriate / Offensive Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Report a problem This item is… Report a problem This item is… Mail × Share Twelve Displayed poorly (34271) DEAL OF THE DAY DEAL OF THE DAY DEAL OF THE DAY Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Not relevant DEAL OF THE DAY Other Inappropriate / Offensive Inappropriate / Offensive (657) Not relevant Not relevant $14.99$18.00 Other Inappropriate / Offensive Report a problem This item is… ENDS IN Bestseller Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. × DEAL OF THE DAY Report a problem This item is… (117) Bestseller Add Comments (Max 320 characters) NBC Sports The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extr… Inappropriate / Offensive ENDS IN × × Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Bestseller Report a problem This item is… ENDS IN Bestseller Not relevant ENDS IN Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Not relevant Bestseller Bestseller DEAL OF THE DAY FOX Sports: Stream live NFL, College Footbal… Ads by Amazonlast_img read more

Activists’ beef with sale yard

first_imgUp to 100 activists took the Victorian Livestock Exchange, Pakenham, in a bid to dismantle the meat industry. At 10am…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription. By Kyra Gillespie last_img