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It is not uncommon for people to have more than one spouse or common-law partner in the course of their lives. Dealing with the estate of a spouse or the division of assets after a breakdown of marriage illustrates how building a common life as a married couple creates legal entitlements and obligations.
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It has been said that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. This statement rings true in the context of estate planning. A disorganized estate plan is ripe for expensive litigation that will deplete the assets of the estate. A Last Will and Testament is usually the cornerstone of an estate plan but can be disputed by disappointed beneficiaries.
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In recent years, an aging population and the rise of non-traditional marriages have become issues that are increasingly relevant to estate planning considerations in Canada. As society shifts over time, it is important that estate planning methods and strategies are capable of adaptation to suit changing needs.
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With nearly half of all marriages ending in divorce, second marriages and blended families continue to become increasingly common. As a result, estate lawyers are more frequently encountering complex family dynamics and legal issues that involve family law.
When it comes to second marriages and estate planning, there are many issues to which a will-maker must be alert. Keep in mind that personal family dynamics play an important role in determining what estate plan will work best for you.
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