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Response to FAQ: When do I need a will?

One of the questions I am most frequently asked by my friends and family members in relation to my work is, “When do I need a will?”. As a lawyer who assists people with wills and estate planning, I cannot stress enough the importance of planning ahead to ensure your loved ones are looked after [...]

By |September 4th, 2018|Family, Real Estate, Uncategorised, Wills & Estates|

Welcoming Charlotte Edwards as an Associate to Kennedy Schofield Lawyers

We are very pleased to announce that Charlotte Edwards joined us as an Associate Lawyer in June 2018. Charlotte will be offering legal services in the areas of family law, and wills and estates, including probate. She is in the process of completing her Land Registration Course, and once complete, will also be practicing in [...]

By |June 26th, 2018|Family, Real Estate, Wills & Estates|

What Do I Need to Consider If My Marriage is Ending?

The divorce rate in Canada is over 50%, which means that many families are deciding that they would be happier living separately than together. When a couple decides to separate there are decisions that need to be made so that the family can move on in the best possible way financially and emotionally.  Here are [...]

By |May 18th, 2018|Civil Litigation, Family, Real Estate, Wills & Estates|

Should I Add my Child to my Deed to Avoid Probate?

Often we see clients who instruct us to add their adult children to their deed in an attempt to avoid probate.  When you die and property is in your name alone, that property passes to your estate.  A will contains your instructions on what you want to happen to the stuff that passes to your [...]

By |May 4th, 2018|Civil Litigation, Family, Wills & Estates|

It’s a New Year!  What’s on Your “TO DO” List?

I have to admit I love the New Year.   It feels to me like a fresh start, and it motivates me to start taking care of some of those things that have been taking up space in my head; my mental “to do” list.  In January I clean out closets, make appointments for medical checkups [...]

Help Yourself While You Can – Appoint a Personal Directive

What is a Personal Directive? In Nova Scotia, the Personal Directives Act allows an individual to legally create a personal directive. This would be a legal document authorizing an individual to act on a person’s behalf when they no longer have capacity and are therefore unable to make decisions concerning their own personal care, including [...]

By |October 20th, 2017|Civil Litigation, Family, News, Uncategorised, Wills & Estates|

Do grandparents have “rights” in Nova Scotia?

Changes to legislation in the past few years have prompted some people to ask questions about whether grandparents now have “rights” in Nova Scotia in relation to their grandchildren. While amendments have made it easier for grandparents to apply for custody or access, they did not create any “rights” or presumptions for grandparents. Changes to [...]

By |March 21st, 2017|Family|

What’s the Story on Will Kits?

Almost every time I present a seminar on estate planning, the question comes up – can I just use a Will kit? This is not something I recommend, so my answer is usually the same, you shouldn’t. Unfortunately, many people still use will kits because they appear economical, but the result of using one can [...]

By |March 7th, 2017|Civil Litigation, Family, News, Wills & Estates|

The Path to Preparing a Will

People are hesitant to prepare their Will for a variety of reasons. Most feel that the process is stressful and unnecessary. The reality is that the majority of people who take the time to prepare their Will feel a great sense of relief and contentment after the process is complete. In terms of being necessary….well, [...]

By |October 12th, 2016|Civil Litigation, Family, News, Wills & Estates|

Privileged Communications

Rules of evidence are developed to assist the judge in his/her attempt to determine the true version of events, and therefore make a fair and responsible ruling. However, there are certain types of communications that are so important that they must be protected, even if this means that the truth may be obscured. These communications [...]

By |September 14th, 2016|Civil Litigation, Criminal, Family|