Monthly Newsletter - October 2019

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 A Review of Contesting a Will Without a Lawyer


The death of a loved one is one of the biggest emotional traumas we will likely face.

But what happens after their passing, as you start to work through the grieving, if there’s a problem with their will?


We have been rated the #1 estate planning firm in St. John's by Three Best Rated four years in a row! Check out the review here.


Listen to Lynne's second visit to 'Backtalk' on VOCM with Pete Soucy on Friday, October 7.


Lynne was on VOCM's 'Backtalk' discussing estate planning.


Can an executor hire himself to renovate an estate property?

Is it okay if the executor of the estate hires himself to do renovations on the estate property? A reader recently asked me about this. Read on to see his question and my comments.


What is a Prenuptial Agreement and Who Should Have One?

A prenuptial agreement is often seen as a way to protect the assets of one particular partner. But in fact, they are a useful estate planning tool for people with children from other marriages...


Butler offers her firm's most popular courses online

In an effort to change how legal services are delivered, Newfoundland wills and estates lawyer and mediator Lynne Butler is now offering...


Estate planning process more than just drafting a simple will

Although many people think making a will is a straightforward task, it is important to spend time talking through estate planning goals in order to find out what the potential issues are, and who is going to be involved...


Legal specialization brings niche recognition

Maintaining a defined law practice offers a number of advantages, including not having to follow new developments outside of the field, and being able to offer clients a depth of knowledge...


Wills a viable area of law — with right expertise

Although many lawyers view wills as a ‘carrot’ to bring in other files, demographics are changing, and there is a lot of...


Making a will: an essential aspect of estate planning

People can come up with scores of reasons to delay doing up that essential bit of estate planning – a will. They may also think their affairs...


Seniors offer booming opportunities

The grey wave is coming. There are now more people in Canada age 65 and over than there are under 15...


Detailed notes can be an executor's best friend

It can be overwhelming to be appointed as an executor as there are a number duties and responsibilities involved...


Joint accounts: banks and lawyers give different answers

The problem of parents adding their adult kids to their accounts raises its head yet again. In this case, a beneficiary was given conflicting advice...


Recent Friends Add Complexity to Will Changes

Sometimes, making changes to your will is anything but simple. Family dynamics play a huge part in estate planning...


Undue influence not a part of father's transfer of home

By Lynne Butler

The court in Ontario has heard yet another case in which a parent added one of his kids to the title of his home. If it seems that these cases are happening... 


Book retells fairy tales to address estate planning issues

In Lynne Butler’s latest book, Cinderella's Trust Fund, the wills and estates lawyer and mediator retells a dozen fairy tales, fables, and nursery rhymes as...


Butler Wills and Estates dares to be different

When wills and estates lawyer and mediator Lynne Butler opened her St. John’s, Nfld. firm, her intention was to rethink the way law firms operate. “We ... 


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