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

Rinehart Estate Fight

Famous Estate Fights- The Rineharts of Australia

  The Guardian reports on the Rinehart family: SYDNEY — The son of Gina Rinehart, Australia’s richest person, called his youngest sister “an oxygen thief” and suggested she wear a bag over her head, it was alleged Tuesday as a long-running feud over the family’s… 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, Disinherited.com, Vancouver View From a Very Knowledgeable Bench THE HON. MADAME JUSTICE SANDRA BALLANCE, Supreme Court of BC, Vancouver THE HON. MADAME JUSTICE… Read more

Dysfunctional Families-The Estrangement Epidemic

  There is a noted estrangement epidemic amongst dysfunctional families “Family quarrels are bitter things. They’re not like aches or wounds; they’re more like splits in the skin that won’t heal because there is not enough material.” F. Scott Fitzgerald   Estrangement is the turning… Read more

“Right to Die” Case Going to Supreme Court of Canada

As reported by the ,Vancouver Province today, The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to review the country’s assisted suicide laws more than two decades after it rejected doctor-assisted dying for people who are terminally ill. The high court announced Thursday it will hear an… Read more

The Estate Fight Over Who Owns Sherlock Holmes Is Just the Beginning Of Ownership Battles as Copyrights Expire

Sherlock Holmes? Estate fights to maintain control of famous character as copyright protections expire. Jason Keyser, Associated Press | January 3, 2014 | Last Updated: Jan 3 6:29 PM ET More from Associated Press FotoliaWriter Leslie Klinger is challenging the Conan Doyle Estate, LTD over… Read more

Celebrities Estates Earn MIllions

Forbes Magazine’s Top earning Dead Celebrities  2012 have now been reported, once again showing that many people are worth considerably more dead than they could have ever imagined. It is not just artists and celebrities who have this earning ability,as  almost anyone who has the… Read more

The “Downside” of Presumption of Death Orders – The Fake

Police arrest ‘dead’ banker accused of losing millions of investor dollars. A south Georgia bank director accused of losing millions of investor dollars before vanishing was homeless and worked odd jobs before his arrest earlier this week, a U.S. marshal told a federal judge Thursday…. 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

Dysfunctional Families Are Everywhere

  Dysfunctional families are everywhere.   Some years ago the Vancouver Sun ran a feature on dysfunctional families and  reported that one in three British Columbians expect to be disinherited by their parents. Practising estate litigation for over 40 years, it is easy to believe… Read more

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Pete the dog joins the team

R. Trevor Todd is pleased to announce that “Pete” has joined R. Trevor Todd, Linda Yardley, Judith Milliken Q.C., and Jazzy in the practice of wills, estates and estate litigation.   Pete the dog

Longevity Contributes to Increased Estate Litigation

Increased Estate Litigation Due to Increased Longevity In 1998 I did a seminar on mental capacity with a geriatric specialist who told the crowd that historically people only live to be 40 years of age. He mentioned that medical science has made such quantum leaps… Read more

Judge Tells Man He Must “Stay Dead”

Dead Man Walking: Judge Tells Man He Must Stay Dead 10/10/13, 7:11 PM EDT (Credit: Hancock County Juvenile Court) Legally, Donald Miller is dead and he’s staying that way in the eyes of the law. An Ohio judge told him so in court this week. Miller,… Read more

Live In Caregiver Awarded Wages of Half What Outside Service Would Charge

Foreman v. Reid2010 BCSC 228 The case is largely reported as one of undue influence and testamentary capacity, but the defendant counter claimed for an award of damages based on unjust enrichment, for a reasonable fee for the care giving services provided for over 5… Read more