As previously blogged about by Natalia Angelini, the All Families are Equal Act was introduced on September 29, 2016 and it was unanimously passed by the Ontario legislatively assembly on November 29, 2016.
We encourage those interested in this new Act to click here for the Ministry of Attorney General Newsroom release. According to the Ministry,
“The new law will:
- Provide greater clarity and certainty for parents who use assisted reproduction to conceive a child
- Provide a streamlined process for the legal recognition of parents who use a surrogate, together with requirements meant to protect the rights of all parties through independent legal advice and confirmation of the surrogate’s consent both before conception and after birth
- Reduce the need for parents who use assisted reproduction to have to go to court to have their parental status recognized in law.”
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Non-traditional families face particular challenges when dealing with estate planning. Some legislation does not fully apply to non-traditional marriage. For example, a spouse’s right to elect to take an equalization of Net Family Property upon the death of a spouse under Ontario’s Family Law Act, only applies to married spouses.
“The Gay Estate: Non-Traditional Families and the Law”, a blog maintained by Chris Tymchuck, a lawyer in Edina, Minnesota, provides helpful information for unmarried, gay, separated, divorced adoptive or “other unique families”: families who fall outside of the so-called “traditional” family structure (or as Chris says, “most of us”).
The informative site focuses mainly on the laws governing estate planning. However, it sometimes verges into other related areas. The well-laid out blog is organized by categories, making for easy access to information. The blog is well written, and the absence of legalese makes it easy for non-lawyers to understand.
Recent topics include the use of life insurance to provide for loved ones, and a two-part series on documents that should be in place in the event of death.
A very worth-while read.
Paul E. Trudelle – Click here for more information on Paul Trudelle.