Dysfunctional Families: How to Survive Them

Dysfunctional Families: How to Survive Them

I commonly used to joke with the audience of speaking engagements by asking the question- ” Are there more functional families are dysfunctional families”? I do not know the answer, but invariably it raised a nervous bout of laughter. There is  a huge range of… Read more

What to Expect as an Executor of Estate in BC

What to Expect as an Executor of Estate in BC

Everything to Know About Being An Executor It is perhaps trite to state that the role of the drafting notary or solicitor is simply not to fill in the blanks and record the testator’s instructions, including his or her choice of executor, but instead to… Read more

Power of Attorney Creates a Fiduciary

Power of Attorney Creates a Fiduciary

Attorney Using a Power of Attorney is a Fiduciary As a fiduciary, an attorney for property is “ obliged to act only for the benefit of the donor,  putting his/her own interests aside”. An attorney is prohibited from using the power of their own benefit,… Read more

Quantum Meruit (Unjust Enrichment) For Care-Worker

Quantum Meruit (Unjust Enrichment) For Care-Worker

What is Quantum Meruit? Tarantino v Galvano 2017 ONSC 3535 awarded the sum of $273,000 for caregiving services provided under the basis of a quantum meruit claim, namely a reasonable fee for services provided. A quantum meruit claim is simply one of the established categories… Read more

Undue Influence: Presumption Rebutted

Undue Influence: Presumption Rebutted

Rebutting the Presumption of Undue Influence Grosseth Estate v Grosseth 2017 BCSC 2055 was a claim for resulting trust and presumption of undue influence that was dismissed by the court that found that the presumption of undue influence had been rebutted. The deceased died at… Read more

Dysfunctional Families: Your Family May Actually Hate You

Dysfunctional Families: Your Family May Actually Hate You

Does your family actually hate you, or just act like it? I spend a good deal of time in my estate litigation practice explaining to clients the various aspects to dysfunctional families, which they invariably come from. I keep a number of my previous articles… Read more

Charging Clause & S.43 WESA

Charging Clause & S.43 WESA

Re Le Gallais Estate 2017 BCSC 1699 dealt with the charging clause in a will that provided that if the lawyer who prepared and witnessed the will should act as the executrix and attend to the legal work of the estate, then she would be… Read more

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Certificates of Pending Litigation (CPL) – Cancellation

Xie v Lai 2017 BCSC 2035 involved an application to cancel a certificate of pending litigation and the law re same was reviewed. The Legal Framework 31 The legal framework respecting the cancellation of CPLs was set out in Jacobs v. Yehia, 2015 BCSC 267…. Read more

DRAFTING ERRORS AND THE RULE IN SAUNDERS V. VAUTIER

DRAFTING ERRORS AND THE RULE IN SAUNDERS V. VAUTIER

Will and court order drafters should be aware of the rule in Saunders v. Vautier, (1841) 41 E.R. 482), a decision of the English courts of equity from 1841. The rule occasionally comes to my attention when a will attempts to make a bequest to… Read more

Passing of Accounts and Court Costs

Passing of Accounts and Court Costs

Re Rodgers Estate 2017 BCSC 2001 discussed who should bear the costs of a passing of accounts hearing where it was asserted that no valid complaints were raised re the accounting by the party challenging them. The court ultimately held that the estate should bear… Read more

Fraudulent Conveyances – Ponzi Schemes

Fraudulent Conveyances – Ponzi Schemes

Boale Wood Ltd v Whitmore and Samji Notary 2017 BCSC 1917 involved a Fraudulent Conveyance action brought by a trustee in bankruptcy alleging a fraudulent conveyance. A notary public was involved in a Ponzi scheme whereby $110 million was received into notary public account from… Read more

Rectification of a Document

Rectification of a Document

Re McDonald Bankruptcy 2017 BCSC 1957 deals with an attempt to rectify  the terms of a written agreement in a bankruptcy proceeding. The court refused to do so based on the following legal rationale. 103      In Snell’s Equity, (32nd ed., 2011) in the first supplement… Read more

Gifts of Cheques

Gifts of Cheques

Teixeira v Markgraf 2017 ONCA 819 dealt with the issue of inter vivos gifts of  cheques. In the Teireira case the plaintiff was given a cheque to cash as a gift several days before the death of  the bank account holder. The cheque was for… Read more

Adjournment of a Trial

For a number of reasons it is sometimes necessary to seek an adjournment of a scheduled trial. 38      The adjournment of a trial is a discretionary matter. This discretion must be exercised in accordance with the interests of justice. There are a number of considerations… Read more

Oppression Actions of Minority Shareholders

Oppression Actions of Minority Shareholders

Oppression actions of minority shareholder rights in companies was discussed in detail in Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan v Neuro Discovery 2 Limited Partnership 2017 BCSC 1743 The Claims in Oppression 18 The claims in oppression are based upon s. 227 of the BCA, which… Read more