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Halifax lawyers create a resource for STEP Canada outlining temporary estate document signing protocols by province during the COVID19 Pandemic

April 27, 2020

Halifax Partners Richard Niedermayer, TEP, Secretary, STEP Canada, and Tim Matthews, QC, TEP, and Articled Clerk Madeleine Coats, have prepared a useful resource for STEP Canada members outlining the options in place for having estate documents signed in each province and territory during the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the limitations brought on by social distancing,…

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An update on the impacts of COVID-19 on the tax dispute resolution process

April 21, 2020

Stephanie Stapleford and Allison Whelan,LL.M In a previous Thought Leadership piece, “Tax update – response to COVID-19” (26 March 2020), we reviewed the Federal COVID-19 Emergency Response Act and provided an update on operational changes announced by the Canada Revenue Agency (the “CRA”) and the Tax Court of Canada (the “TCC”) in light of the…

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Estate planning during a pandemic: innovative practices for a challenging time

April 3, 2020

Richard Niedermayer, TEP The current COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting declarations of states of emergency, public health orders and national guidelines on travel, business openings, self-isolation and social distancing have affected everyone in Canada and around the world. As many people are at home contemplating the global effects of COVID-19, their thoughts are also turning…

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Tax Planning: Warming up to the refreeze in a COVID-19-impacted economy

March 30, 2020

Stephanie Stapleford and Brent McCumber, P.Eng. In the span of mere months, COVID-19 has significantly impacted lives and livelihoods all over the world. The pandemic has affected individuals’ health, well-being and financial stability, and measures taken to slow the spread of the virus have caused countless businesses to grind to a halt. Investment portfolio values…

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Tax update – response to COVID-19

March 26, 2020

Brent McCumber, P.Eng. On March 24, 2020, the Government of Canada introduced legislation to implement its economic response plan to COVID-19, namely, the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act ( “Emergency Response Act”).  This legislation received Royal Assent on March 25, 2020. While the Emergency Response Act contains many important measures, in this article we will highlight…

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