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ODSP Needs To Be Simplified

ODSP Needs To Be Simplified ODSP IS BETTER THAN IT WAS, BUT IT ISN’T ANY EASIER. The Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) is the social safety net for Ontario adults with disabilities.  With the unemployment rate for people with disabilities hovering near 50%, it isn’t surprising...

Henson Trust: How to Pick Your Trustees

Henson Trust: How to Pick Your Trustees You have an adult child receiving benefits from the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), so you have a will that includes a Henson Trust to protect her ODSP after you have passed away.  You have chosen one or more trustees to manage the assets in that Henson...

Is a Will Really Worth the Cost?

Is a Will Really Worth the Cost? Whether you have a child with a disability or not, the simple answer in almost all situations is yes. Retaining a lawyer to draft a proper will does cost. Many of my clients have paid in the neighbourhood of $1,500 to $2,500 for powers of attorney and a will that...

What You Need to Know About ODSP

What You Need to Know About ODSP Understanding ODSP is a job in itself.  People do not know where to start. It’s a daunting task, trying to figure out which aspects to focus on.  There are well over a 100 policies providing hundreds of pages of reading.  Sound like fun?  You can access them on-line,...

Is My Adult Child Eligible for Government Benefits?

Is My Adult Child Eligible for Government Benefits? Simply because parents earn a reasonable income, own a home and have savings does not mean their adult child can’t seek financial assistance from the government if they have a disability. Too many people are under the impression that benefits such as the Ontario...