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Lynne Butler
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Lives in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
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I receive dozens of comments, questions, and emails from readers every day. All are looking for information that will help them with an estate in which they are embroiled. Some of them are actually pretty darn angry at someon...
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A reader of this blog recently suggested to me that he'd like to see an article about what to do when the lawyer for the estate has misbehaved. I took him up on the suggestion because I realize that plenty of people - executo...
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The iceberg show has begun,great year for bergs already!This is the place to see nature at it finest! Newfoundland Proud!
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Lawyer, author, public speaker
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My greatest professional skill is presenting complex legal information in a way that people can really understand and use.
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  • Wills and Estates Consultant
    Lawyer, author, public speaker, present
    With almost 30 years of experience as a lawyer in wills and estates law, I am ready and able to meet with clients to discuss their estate planning, estate administration, or business succession plans. I am the author of six books on estate planning, as well as articles in the Globe and Mail, Edmonton Journal, Vancouver Province, Caregiver Solutions, and Today's Parent Magazine. I have been interviewed by several newspapers and magazines including the Globe and Mail, the Wall Street Journal, and Maclean's Magazine. You may also have caught my interviews on BNN, CPAC, CityTV, Global TV, or CBC Radio.
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St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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  • University of Calgary
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  • Memorial University of Newfoundland
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Inheritance Scam Leads to Jail
blog.texastrustlaw.com

People have probably been attempting to scam others out of their money for as long as money has existed. Many different schemes exist that p

To litigate or to mediate?
estatelawcanada.blogspot.com

It's no surprise to any of us that estates can be minefields of disputes, upsets, and resentments. The usual way of resolving an estate disp

Can a creditor of my Dad's estate force Mom to sell the house?
estatelawcanada.blogspot.com

This reader sent in a question that I think will look familiar to many of you. It has to do with debts in one parent's estate and how they a

If you live with a parent who passes away, do you have to move out right...
estatelawcanada.blogspot.com

If you live with a parent who passes away, do you have to leave the house right away? A reader who is in that situation recently asked me ab

"Can I" vs. "should I"
estatelawcanada.blogspot.com

When I take a look at reader's comments or take questions from the audience at a seminar, I notice that most people start off with the words

The mythical "will that doesn't need probate"
estatelawcanada.blogspot.com

Earlier this week I spoke with a customer who told me that some years ago he had asked for, and paid his lawyer for, a "Will that doesn't ne

The basic estate planning documents that everybody needs
estatelawcanada.blogspot.com

The term "estate planning" sometimes makes people think of millionaires who live behind wrought iron gates with a butler at the door. But al

Estate planning mistakes women make
estatelawcanada.blogspot.com

Not long ago, I was asked by a reporter to describe some estate planning mistakes women make. As a rule, I don't find a huge difference betw

What's the executor's role with respect to assets that pass outside the ...
estatelawcanada.blogspot.com

Not everything owned by a person will form part of his or her estate upon death. For example, if the deceased was an owner of jointly owned

Are you doing a good job as executor?
estatelawcanada.blogspot.com

So, you're acting as the executor of an estate. You're doing your best, but at times it's overwhelming. Ever wonder if you're doing a good j

Things for an executor to consider when selling a house from an estate
estatelawcanada.blogspot.com

One of the largest tasks that an executor often has to take care of in an estate is selling the deceased's house. There are a lot of issues

What do you mean the gift I got from my parents was my inheritance?
estatelawcanada.blogspot.com

Have you given or loaned money to your adult children? Or, if you're the adult child, have you received financial help from your parents? If

Naming all your children as executors? Bad idea.
estatelawcanada.blogspot.com

Whenever clients tell me they want all of their children to work together as executors, I cringe. I have to tell them that I strongly disapp

For My Family, With Love - a new workbook resource!
estatelawcanada.blogspot.com

I have another exciting resource to tell you about! This is a workbook I have been putting together for several months, based on my experien

How can I make sure that my daughter-in-law gets none of my son's inheri...
estatelawcanada.blogspot.com

Recently I had a conversation with a client I'll call Doris, who told me that she is not particularly fond of her daughter-in-law. Doris's r

Whose fault is it? The executor or his lawyer?
estatelawcanada.blogspot.com

I've known for years that most people don't really understand the role of the lawyer who acts for an estate, but lately I've been reminded o

Should I designate a person or my estate as beneficiary?
estatelawcanada.blogspot.com

You readers come up with great questions for me, there's no doubt about that. And I do my best to answer as many as I can! Here's one about

Mom makes one child beneficiary, hoping he'll share, but...
estatelawcanada.blogspot.com

A mother made a will, leaving her estate to her oldest child. She tells her children that she has done this with the intention that the olde

Five ways to punish your beneficiaries
estatelawcanada.blogspot.com

Want to create the most confusion possible when you pass away? Do you want your kids to have to fight each other for their inheritance? Are

Allegations against executor denied, and special costs awarded against t...
estatelawcanada.blogspot.com

There has been an interesting case from the BC courts that deals with allegations against an executor. The facts of the case, Watson v. Stro

Worst spa experience ever, and I spend a lot of time in spas. Normally I love them. Started with a facial. I've had facials in spas right across Canada and this, despite being one of the most expensive, was probably the least effective. It did nothing for my skin. The attendant spent the entire time trying to sell me very expensive creams, and in fact left about $600 worth of creams at the till for me to buy. I went next with a different attendant for what I had booked as an exfoliation, but turned out to be a wrap-up in cream that was then washed off with a sprayer. I had expected some kind of scrub or mask, since I had asked for exfoliation, not just moisturizing. I don't speak French and my attendant only spoke French so there was no way to ask questions. She indicated that I should lie on a table, then left the room. I did, only to have the table collapse under me. I landed on my knees on a tiled floor, which was very painful, particularly given that I have arthritis in both knees. She came back a few minutes later, finding me in tears and the table and all the linens on the floor. She simply tightened up the table and indicated that I should get back on. I understood her gestures to mean she had failed to tighten the table properly but now it was ok. Nobody asked if I was alright or checked to see if I was injured. I did get back on, and the table was fine for the wrap-up treatment I mentioned. However, when she asked me to sit up, the table collapsed again. Again, I had to get up off the floor, which was wet and messy from the spray-down she had just given me. Again, nobody so much as asked if I was ok. By this time I just wanted to get through the day with what little dignity I had left. Even though I had arrived at the spa with a pronounced limp and had explained to the first attendant that I had severe arthritis in my hips and knees, they still asked me to go down three flights of stairs to a treatment room. I was seated in a large room while a young lady came in to put paraffin on my hands. From her chatter, I discovered that all of the staff knew about the table collapse. How nice to be the subject of workplace gossip. And yet, nobody cared to ask if I was alright or do anything to make me feel better about a totally awful visit. I would have expected the manager to speak to me about it, or perhaps even call me later to see if I was ok, but nope, they clearly didn't give a rat's ass. My bill for the day was over $600 and I would have liked to be treated as if I were a valuable customer and not just a wallet sitting there waiting to be emptied. At the time I booked these treatments, I had also booked pedicures for myself and my daughter for later in the week. Given the disaster of my first visit, I thought it pretty clear that I would NEVER under any circumstances return to that spa, so my daughter and I did not show up for the pedicures. They charged my credit card $250 for that. Obviously money matters a lot more to them than any possible injury sustained by a client, so they called me and told me it was their policy to charge full price for no-shows. I said it was my policy not to go back to a place that was so careless with safety. However, my credit card was still charged. Totally cold people. Seemingly interested only in fleecing the people staying at the adjoining Sheraton Hotel, knowing they are not a repeat clientele. No interest whatever in a dialogue with customers. No regard to safety. Worst spa I've ever been to. They are lucky I haven't sued them, never mind paid them.
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Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
My order always arrives exactly when promised, and the driver is always smiling and friendly. I often order from their "Dinner is Ready" selection. Their pea soup is fantastic. I also really love their meat lasagna and the rum and raisin bread pudding. When I order fruit and veggies, I always get excellent quality. I'm really happy with this service.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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I haven't eaten in the restaurant but have had delivery from them several times. The food is always very good. Pasta is hot, salads are crisp, cheese is melty, all as it is supposed to be. Only once in the many times I've ordered did the food arrive lukewarm. They say that delivery takes up to 90 minutes but here in St. John's it usually takes much less. I've noticed that the staff who answer the phone often seem scattered as if they are doing too much at once, but they do manage to get the order right.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Very Good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago