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April 2014 Archives

With This Ring...

With This Ring...

Jenny Johnston
On marriage breakdown, spouses typically retain property owned solely by him or her prior to the wedding. In cases where the couple never married, property negotiations may relate to jointly owned assets, or contributions made by one spouse to an asset owned by the other. Counsel faced with these disputes, should not ignore one emotional sticking point: the engagement ring. Potentially valuable to the heart and pocketbook, engagement rings in case law straddle notions of unconditional gifts, conditional gifts, and contracts that must be executed or undone.
Although substantial solitaires can be objectively valuable enough to trigger argument between separating couples, it is also important to consider cases in which the engagement ring in question is a family heirloom. Even when these family antiques are melted down or modified to please the modern bride, they can hold an added degree of significance that makes passionately arguing for their return that much easier for clients to imagine and undertake.

Restraints in LTC homes

It's been a while since my last post, and it hasn't been because I haven't got anything to say, but I've been a bit busy lately. I've heard from some of the readers that they have some issues that I haven't dealt with yet but would like to know if I have any ideas for their issues and if I know anything about how to deal with them. I definitely don't know all of the answers, but I am doing my best to stay on top of the issues and stay up to speed with the Ministry and the goings on in health care, particularly as they relate to elder law. The blog is still fresh, and we really do hope to get to a lot of the issues, but in the meantime, let us know what you'd like to hear about, and if we can we'll write about it.