Wills Variation and Resulting Trust Claims May Be Tried Together

For over 30 years I have pleaded Wills Variation claims together with Resulting Trust claims in the same case, only to be told by various defence counsel that the pleadings cannot be tried together at the same time.   When challenged, no one has ever… Read more

Party v Party Court Costs

Party v Party Court Costs   Semenoff Estate v Bridgeman 2014 BCSC 1845 involves the Court’s approach to assessing costs against a plaintiff who acted for himself personally in a nine day trial that was dismissed with costs for part of the trial and double costs… Read more

The Standard of Review By Appeal Courts of Lower Court’s Decisions

The BCCA in Re Korol 2014 BCCA 380 recently examined the standard of review of an appellate court of a lower court’s decision in light of the following  SCC case of Penner v Niagara Regional   An Appeal Court’s standard of review of discretionary decisions… Read more

Certificates of Pending Litigation (CPL’s) To Tie Up land

Certificates of Pending Litigation REPRINTED FROM CARSWELLS NOTES AND RELATING TO ONTARIO LAW ( SIMILAR  BUT NOT IDENTICAL TO BC LAW)   “Certificates of pending litigation (or lis pendens) (“CPL”) are often-used tool in order to preserve real property and unregistered interests in such property. The test… Read more

Appeal Court Allows Trusts to Be Interpreted re Their Meaning

BC Appeal Court have jurisdiction to construe a Trust Deed. See Donovan W.M. Waters, Mark R. Gillen and Lionel D. Smith, Waters’ Law of Trusts in Canada, 4th Ed. (Toronto: Thompson Reuters, 2012) at 1165-66. See also Engelman v. Engelman (1986), 23 E.T.R. 30 (B.C.C.A.) at… Read more

Executor’s Obligation to Disclose Documents In Estate Litigation

 Executor’s Obligation to Disclose Documents In Estate Litigation   Wang v Christie Estate 2014 BCSC 1574 confirms and discusses what I would have considered to be trite law in that once an executor named as a respondent in a civil wills variation claim is served… Read more

Court Determines Rights Between Two Competing Powers of Attorney Spouse vs Daughter

Powers of Attorney Spouse vs Daughter   Sommerville v Sommerville 2014 BCSC 1848 involved a court application wherein the deceased gave both his surviving widow and his daughter separate powers of attorney that could be used individually. The facts are somewhat complicated given that the… Read more

Son May Not Inherit For Murdering Mother

Re Fenotti Estate 2014 BCSC 1533 reviewed the law and held that a murderer of the deceased, his mother, son may not inherit from her as a result of public policy that prevents a wrong doer from benefiting from his or her own crime. The personal… Read more

The Meaning of “All Remaining Cash” In a Will

Jones v BC Public Trustee (1982) 5 WWR 543, dealt with the interpretation of the words ” all remaining cash after expenses” in the deceased’s will. The deceased left a home made will, where after several specific bequests, he provided that ” all remaining cash… Read more

Bequest to Non Existent Charity Saved By Cy-Pres Doctrine

  In Re McGregor Estate 2014 BCSC 896, the deceased left a bequest to “Auxiliary to Woodlands”, a charitable organization that no longer existed at the time of death, but was saved from lapsing as a bequest of the estate by the application of the… Read more

How Courts Interpret Unclear Wills

How Courts Interpret Unclear Wills? Whether a will is prepared by a lawyer or a layman, it is often the case that the will or a portion thereof is unclear as to its intention or meaning, and when that is the case is referred to… Read more

Special Costs- What Are They?

  Special costs , in a nutshell means that the losing party pays all the  legal fees of the winning party, and are being awarded on an increasingly frequent basis for reprehensible behavior. The general public by and large for many decades already thought that… Read more

The “Badges of Fraud”

Fraud is a deception deliberately practiced in order to secure unfair or unlawful gain (adjectival form fraudulent; to defraud is the verb, and the Badges of Fraud are used by the court s as rough gauge as to whether Fraud exists in the situation or not.. As a… Read more

Mistakes In Wills and How To Fix Them

    Mistakes in wills are frequently made and then subsequently not discovered until typically many years later after the passing of the will maker. The usual types of mistakes  break into two areas- that the will was not properly executed in accordance with established… Read more

Power of Citations Expanded

Power of Citations Expanded Under WESA New Probate Rule 25-11 greatly expands the power and effect of issuing a Citation. The form prescribed in P32 is much more detailed in the information required. The person cited with the Citation has 14 days of personal service… Read more