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New Legislation Impacts Rural Property Owners

Recent changes to three pieces of legislation have all now taken effect and modify statutes that deal with property, specifically The Petty Trespasses Act, The Occupiers’ Liability Act, and The Animal Diseases Act. These modifications serve to enhance protections for property owners against offences such as petty trespass, reducing their liability to trespassers, and creating stronger protections for commercial animals and other livestock. The Animal… Read More »

Wills & Estates for First Nations People – Part 2

Part 2: Estates Note: The word “Indian” is used in this document only to reference the language used in the Indian Act. The term Indigenous refers to individuals who self-identify as Métis, Inuit or First Nations (Status or non-Status). The proper term to describe someone who has historically been named an “Indian” is First Nations. This article is a continuation of the article entitled “Part… Read More »

Wills & Estates for First Nations People – Part 1

Part 1: Wills Note: The word “Indian” is used in this document only to reference the language used in the Indian Act. The term Indigenous refers to individuals who self-identify as Métis, Inuit or First Nations (Status or non-Status). The proper term to describe someone who has historically been named an “Indian” is First Nations. This article is Part 1 of 2 in a series… Read More »

What Powers of Attorney need to be Aware of in Dealing with a Donor’s Assets

As a Power of Attorney (POA), you have been appointed to manage an individual’s legal and financial affairs. This is an extremely important responsibility, which requires the utmost care. The POA has a fiduciary duty to the donor (the individual who named you Power of Attorney) and an obligation to act in their best interests. Personal interests cannot conflict with this obligation.[1] Acting as an… Read More »

Value of Creating a Will vs. Intestacy

If you die without a will, you are said to have died intestate and your estate will be distributed according to The Intestate Succession Act. Under this Act, your assets are distributed to your family in accordance with a specific and inflexible scheme of distribution. Distribution of Estate Notably, if you don’t have children or your children are with your current spouse/common-law partner, your assets… Read More »

Changes to Educational Property Tax: The Education Property Tax Rebate

In this year’s Provincial Budget 2021, the Manitoba government began its strategy to eliminate educational property taxes for Manitobans. Specifically, the government implemented two main changes: a reduction in the Education Property Tax Credit and Advance (from a maximum of $700 to a maximum of $525 annually), and the implementation of the Education Property Tax Rebate (EPTR). Despite the implementation of the EPTR, property owners… Read More »

 
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