Marriage, Divorce and Estate Planning: Tips for Blended Families

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According to Statistics Canada, roughly 12% (or one in eight) of Canadian families are “blended.” Also called stepfamilies, these merged family units are the result of two people coming together from previous marriages, and bringing a child or children with them. It’s an increasingly common facet of Canadian familial life, reflecting a modern understanding of […]

The Value of Estate Services at End of Life

Although it may sound cliche, death is an inevitable part of life. It’s something everyone must contend with at some point, which doesn’t make the prospect any less emotional or weighty. Whether you’re preparing for your own eventual passing away, or a loved one’s, you may look at the hard road ahead of you with […]

Pre-Planning for a Funeral: How and Why You Should Do It

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Pre-planning in the funeral industry is decreasing in popularity. The decline can be attributed to various reasons, however, even if you don’t want a traditional funeral, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make any plans for after your death. While traditional pre-planning for a funeral is waning, pre-planning for the disposition of your possessions is gaining […]

Conflict Resolution: Dealing with Conflict After Loss

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Everyone’s heard a story of someone passing away, and their once closely-knit family ended up on conflicting sides about who gets what or who deserves more than another person. Many people would like to believe their family would never be like that. But just as death is inevitable, it can seem as though conflict after […]

How to Prepare a Home for Sale Within an Estate

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Losing a parent or sibling is one of the most heartbreaking life events. When going through such a traumatic time, it makes it even worse to have to start thinking about settling their estate. There are many different things that need to be addressed, and when you add preparing a house for sale, it just […]

Guide to Estate Planning: How to Plan for Personal Belongings

Death is a natural part of life, but one we often don’t feel comfortable discussing. No one wants to think about their own death or the death of a loved one. But when a loved one passes, and it’s time to go through their belongings, conflict can come up between family members who each have […]

Understanding the Role of an Executor


Let’s explore a common scenario: Your friend or loved one approaches you with an important proposition, one they’ve spent much time considering. “Will you be the executor of my estate?” they ask. It’s an honour to be considered as someone’s executor. Consider it a testament to your reliability, trustworthiness, organizational skills and general put-togetherness. They […]