Dysfunctional Families: Scapegoat Child Sues Parents and Wins

Dysfunctional Families: Scapegoat Child Sues Parents and Wins

Scapegoat Child Sues Parents and Wins. I came across a case from 1994 where a 20 year old plaintiff who was abused, neglected and generally “scape- goated “throughout his childhood successfully sued his parents for their infliction of years of physical and mental abuse upon… Read more

Things to Consider For "Family Cottage" Inheritances | Disinheritance

“Family Cottage” Inheritances

I appeared along with Dawn Schooler of Jericho counseling on CBC radio Almanac show on July 18.16 for a discussion of the inherent problems of family inheritances of  the family cottage or any other recreational property. I prefaced my remarks by commenting that a recreational… Read more

Dysfunctional Families Produce Dysfunctional Adults

Dysfunctional Families Produce Dysfunctional Adults

I mean no offence to anyone born into a dysfunctional family, but in my experience many of my clients are from such families and often carry many of the same attributes of dysfunction as a result. Understanding  the dynamics of dysfunctional families and their skewed… Read more

Dysfunctional Families: How to Recognize Them

Dysfunctional Families: How to Recognize Them

As a boomer growing up in the Leave it to Beaver age, it was not until I practiced estate litigation exclusively  that I learned  to recognize dysfunctional families and the mess that they leave behind (typically my clients). In discussing the family dynamic with many clients,… Read more

Who Should Be Appointed Committee (Guardian)

Who Should Be Appointed Committee (Guardian)

The vexing problem of who should be appointed the committee (legal guardian) of a demented person under the Patient’s Property Act  RSBC often involves the worst of family “tug a wars” over the financial  and personal affairs of a loved one. The law re who… Read more

Dysfunctional Families Result In Disinheritances

Dysfunctional Families Result in Disinheritances

Forty  years of litigating contested estates has led me to conclude that dysfunctional families are much more inclined to result in disinheritances The reason is rather simple-dysfunctional families are toxic. I have no statistics to back up this assertion other than anecdotal as I venture… Read more

Dysfunctional Families and Birth Order

Dysfunctional Families and Birth Order

Studies have shown that the birth order of children plays a significant part in their development in functional families that can be exacerbated in dysfunctional families given their extreme dynamics. It is common for families with more than one child to joke about the innumerable photos… Read more

Favourtism In Dysfunctional Families

While applying favourtism with children can also occur in functional families, it is often more prevalent in and  to further extremes in dysfunctional families. Favoritism has negative effects on both the favored child and the unfavoured ones that have long-lasting effects throughout life. For example, while the… Read more

Sibling Fighting – Does It Ever End?

From the perspective of an estate litigation lawyer I can categorically state that sibling fighting never ends right up until death – it only has periods of remission. In fact, after the death of the last parent my experience is that sibling rivalry  greatly increases to the… Read more

Dysfunctional Family Empowering Quotes

It goes almost without saying that anyone who attends at my office/disinherited.com will come from a dysfunctional family – it is rare that the client does not. After having dealt with what I will call the victims of dysfunctional families for many many years,  one… Read more

Dysfunctional Families Screw You Up

I am about to attend a wills variation mediation where the three adopted siblings are contesting their deceased mother’s estate and the only agreement we have is that all three siblings hate each other- they are the screwed up  results of a very dysfunctional family… Read more