Obituaries are news article that report the recent death of a person that typically accounts for the person’s life, family members, glowing tributes , noteworthy achievements  and   information about an upcoming funeral service. It could be said that the main purpose of an  obituary is  to honour and… Read more

Dysfunctional Families – Shunning

Of the many dysfunctional families cases that I have handled, the most insidious was that of a teenage girl who accused her grandfather of molesting her only to find out that she became  shunned by her entire family, all while continuing to live in the… Read more

Potential Inheritance Amounts to Rise

  Potential inheritance amounts are rising in BC.   Spouses and children of deceased people who are disinherited in BC have the ability to utilize the provisions of S 60 WESA to vary the will in their favour. This huge inter generational wealth transfer will… Read more

RIP Partner Pete

It is with deep sadness that Trevor Todd and announce the passing of Partner Pete C.C on January 23,2016 at the age of 13 after bravely fighting an incurable liver disease.   He will be missed.   Pete understood the personal problems faced by… Read more

Trevor Todd at Pripyat


It will soon be 30 years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of April 26, 1986. I visited the Chernobyl site in late September 2015. Driving the 2-hour route from Kiev Ukraine to the military checkpoint of the 30 km exclusion zone around the blast area,… Read more

Practicing Law Outside the Box

My mentee Candace Cho wrote this article for publication entitled PRACTICING LAW OUTSIDE THE BOX, and I am publishing it with her permission: Most lawyers would not be surprised with the 2007 American Bar Association survey cited in The Happy Lawyer, which found that 55%… Read more

Parents Not Liable For Grandfathers Sexual Abuse

Grandfathers Sexual Abuse Antrobus v Antrobus 2015 BCCA 288 held that absent knowledge of wrongdoing against their child, bystander parents can only be held liable if they were wilfully blind to the wrongdoing, here of the child’s grandfather. The  Plaintiff alleged that she was sexually… Read more

Narcissism In Estate Litigation

Narcissism In Estate Litigation In this age of the “selfie”, social media and general self- absorption, Donald Trump is a textbook narcissist. Narcissism has flourished in Western culture in recent years as witness the long-time success of ridiculously debased reality television and its “stars”. The… Read more

Pain Free Aging

A Pain Free Aging Boomers such as myself,  long ago began to suffer the painful and unhealthy ill effects of sitting at a desk, using a computer and phone, commuting to a stressful job, watching too much TV,  eating and drinking too much junk, and not… Read more

Social Media Postings Can Ruin YOUR Claim

Social Media Postings Can Ruin YOUR Claim. Although a personal injury case, the decision Tambosso v Holmes 2015 BCSC 359, demonstrated  that between a combination of video surveillance and 194 pages of Facebook entries, that the plaintiff’s claim was exaggerated and in total contradiction to… Read more

Can Animals Inherit

Can Animals Inherit? From the BBC News While I have not actually researched the issue, I opine that animals  cannot inherit the funds in their own right, but instead can only do so by a trust. Twenty  years ago I had a case where a… Read more

Robin Williams Estate In Litigation – Is Anyone Surprised?

As Reported in Todays The Telegraph. Robin Williams Estate In Litigation The widow of Robin Williams is locked in a bitter legal dispute with the late actor’s children over his estate, leaving them “heartbroken” over her “greed”. Susan Schneider Williams, the comedian’s third wife, has… Read more

Alzheimers Diagnosis Has Improved But Treatment Still Eludes Researchers

The July 19,2014 Economist reports that tests for Alzheimer’s are improving but treatment is still some way off. RUG companies have got good at treat­ing bad hearts, livers and lungs. They are still lousy, though, at treating ailing minds. That is troubling. Last year, accord­ing… Read more

Famous Estate Fights- The Rineharts of Australia

Australia has its share of larger than life billionaires with the Murdoch and Parker families, but the mining magnate Rinehart family may take the cake yet for the most vitriolic court fight of all time. The Guardian reports on the Rinehart family: SYDNEY — The… Read more

Trevor Todd to Chair and Speak at WESA Conference June 6

The WESA conference: Everything a trial lawyer needs to know about the Wills, Estates and Succession Act. Opening Comments R. TREVOR TODD,, Vancouver View From a Very Knowledgeable Bench THE HON. MADAME JUSTICE SANDRA BALLANCE, Supreme Court of BC, Vancouver THE HON. MADAME JUSTICE… Read more