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Will In Contemplation of Marriage

Prior to the WESA legislation in BC prior to  March 31, 2014 a marriage revoked an existing  will unless the  will was made in contemplation of marriage.   The BC Appeal court in MacLean Estate v. Christiansen, 2010 BCCA 374dealt with the matter.   The BCCA… Read more

1961 SCC Case Holds an Unregistered Transfer of Land Severs a Joint Tenancy

Sever JT SCC stonehouse. 1961 CarswellBC 159, 37 W.W.R. 62, [1962] S.C.R. 103, 31 D.L.R. (2d) 118 Stonehouse v. British Columbia (Attorney General) Stonehouse (Plaintiff) Appellant v. Attorney-General of British Columbia (Defendant) Respondent Supreme Court of Canada Judgment: December 15, 1961 Family Law — Family… Read more

Court of Appeal Rules on Res Judicata, Abuse of Process and Estoppel

Bronson v. Tompkins Ranching Ltd., 2013 BCCA 477 The Beneficiaries of a trust obtained a judgment against the trustee for a breach of trust in relation to the sale of shares by the trust. They then commenced a second action, against the recipient of the… Read more

Right to Die Case in UK Goes to Britain’s Highest Court

From the BBC re the Right to Die Case in UK Campaigners for the right to die are to have their arguments heard by the Supreme Court in the latest round of their legal battle. It involves family of the late Tony Nicklinson of Wilts, who… Read more

Ryan Fights For the Warhol of Farrah Fawcett (worth maybe 12 million)

Ryan O’Neal testifies about disputed Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett Love is never having to say your sorry, and that she gave me the $12 million dollar painting that I talk to each day so I own it and not the claimant University, says Ryan… Read more

Walt Disney Would Turn Over In His Grave

“As you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are” Walt Disney is likely rolling in his grave to learn that his twin grandchildren are embarking on protracted litigation this week in a courtroom only 20 miles from Disneyland itself. Walt’s twin grandchildren,… Read more

WESA Section 58

The wills, estates, succession act WESA is scheduled to come into effect on March 13, 2014. This is the third blog by disinherited.com on some of the more significant changes that will be made in the new legislation. WESA Section 58 introduces a radically significant… Read more

Euthanasia For Terminally Ill Children Proposed In Belgium

Euthanasia For Terminally Ill Children Proposed In Belgium. Further to my blog of a few days ago, Belgium is once again in the news as it is close to introducing legislation to grant euthanasia for terminally ill children, thus breaking what has been almost a… Read more

Belgium’s Liberal But Controversial Euthanasia Laws

Euthanasia Laws “Death by Doctor” as euthanasia is often known, is strictly illegal in Canada. Belgium however has in recent years enacted perhaps the world’s most liberal euthanasia laws. It is one of three countries along with the Netherlands and Luxembourg who have legalized euthanasia… Read more

30 Year Commonlaw Spouse Awarded $150,000 More Than His Half of the Assets

Griese v Syvret 2013 BCSC 1601 is a wills very action trial involving a couple that lived in a commonlaw relationship for 30 years before the death of the commonlaw spouse in 2010 at age 84. Her major asset was the matrimonial home which they both… Read more

What Happens to Your Data After You Die?

Reprinted From Forbes Magazine. When you die, you’ll leave behind a digital presence – dead data, or a graveyard in the cloud. The only things certain in life are death and data. Data After You Die? Every year, Facebook cheerfully suggests I reconnect with some friends… Read more

What is Solicitor-Client Privilege?

In Skogstad v Law Society of BC 2007 BCCA 310 the Bc Court of Appeal held: “6. Solicitor-client privilege is a substantive rule of law, a core legal value. The protection of the confidentiality of communications between a lawyer and his or her client is… Read more

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The Tort of Conversion

The tort of conversion was discussed in Ast v Mikolas 2010 BCSC 127 .   [125] The tort of conversion involves the wrongful interference with another person’s chattels such as taking, using or destroying the goods in a way that is inconsistent with the owner’s… Read more

Estate Planning in North Korea

In late May 2008, I flew to North Korea on Air Koryo. This Korean air carrier flies only thrice weekly; all three flights are between Beijing and Pyongyang, the capital of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (D.P.R.K.). The passengers on my flight were largely… Read more

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GIVERS GAIN – BNI PRESENTATION

A video of the showcase presentation given by Trevor Todd for BNI Marinaside on July 23rd, 2012.