Ponzi Schemes

Ponzi Schemes

Two recent British Columbia decisions Kriegman v Dill 2018 BCCA 86 and Boale Wood & Co Ltd v Whitmore 2017 BCSC 1917 have dealt with various legal aspects arising out of Ponzi schemes. The growth of international commerce has given rise to cross-border fraud schemes… Read more

Enforcing/Interpreting Settlements

Enforcing/Interpreting Settlements

Walsh v Walsh 2018 BCSC 199 deals with an application to interpret or give effect to a settlement agreement, that unfortunately the parties could not ultimately agree upon. While lawyers typically strive to settle court actions, as well as have an ethical duty to do… Read more

Witness Credibility Assessment

Witness Credibility Assessment

Robledano v Jaconto 2018 BCSC 152 reviewed the law relating to the criteria to be used when assessing the truthfulness/credibility of a witness. The case involved a claim of same sex marriage where it was disputed between the parties that such a relationship existed prior… Read more

Rights to Purchase vs. Rights of First Refusal | Disinherited

Rights to Purchase vs. Rights of First Refusal

The distinction between a right to purchase as opposed to a right of first refusal was addressed in the Ontario decision of 2284064 Ontario Inc. v. Shunock 2017 ONSC 7146, which followed the Ontario Court of Appeal decision of 2123201 Ontario Inc. v. Israel Estate… Read more

Jury Trials

Jury Trials

Rule 12 – 6 sets out nine types of court actions that cannot be heard by a jury. A few of them are the administration of the estate of a deceased person, the dissolution of a partnership, foreclosure actions ,partition of property, custody and guardianship… Read more

DRAFTING ERRORS AND THE RULE IN SAUNDERS V. VAUTIER

DRAFTING ERRORS AND THE RULE IN SAUNDERS V. VAUTIER

Will and court order drafters should be aware of the rule in Saunders v. Vautier, (1841) 41 E.R. 482), a decision of the English courts of equity from 1841. The rule occasionally comes to my attention when a will attempts to make a bequest to… Read more

Gifts of Cheques

Gifts of Cheques

Teixeira v Markgraf 2017 ONCA 819 dealt with the issue of inter vivos gifts of  cheques. In the Teireira case the plaintiff was given a cheque to cash as a gift several days before the death of  the bank account holder. The cheque was for… Read more

Amending Pleadings

Amending Pleadings

The Law regarding Amending pleadings was discussed in Director of Civil Forfeiture v Sanghera 2017 BCSC 863 where the director applied to amend the notice of claim which was opposed by the defendant. [18]         Mr. Justice Davies clearly set out the law regarding amendments and… Read more

Life Insurance Denied For Criminal Activity

Life Insurance Denied For Criminal Activity

Velentyne Estate v The Canada Life  2017 BCSC 1444 upheld the insurer’s exclusion clause that mortgage insurance would not be payable upon a death if the death resulted as a result of criminal activity. The Court found that the deceased was a drug dealer who… Read more

Converting a Petition to an Action

Converting a Petition to an Action

Kent v Kent 2017 BCSC 1392 discussed converting a Petition to an Action when a court action has been commenced by a Petition and becomes mired in the litigation process, usually due to disputed facts, and requires the petition process to be converted to an… Read more

Domicile

Domicile

Sato v Sato 2017 BCSC 1394 discusses in detail the legal issue of domicile. The issue was whether the deceased was domiciled in British Columbia at the time of his marriage to the plaintiff. If so his  2011 Will was revoked by operation of law…. Read more

Claiming Damages for Mental Suffering

Mental Suffering

Even in estate disputes client’s often wish to claim damages for mental suffering caused by other parties. The law relating to such was discussed in the Ontario case of Guschewski v Gushewski 2017 ONSC 4553 In Prinzo v. Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, (2002), 60… Read more

The Presumption of Advancement In BC May Be Dead

The Presumption of Advancement In BC May Be Dead

HCF v DTF 2017 BCSC 1226, a divorce case, traces the historical roots of the presumption of advancement and finds that it is an outmoded and “dead” legal principle in today’s BC society.  Times have changed because women are no longer economically vulnerable and same… Read more

Re-Opening a Trial: New Evidence

Re-Opening a Trial: New Evidence

Lambert v Peachman 2017 ONSC 4270 outlined the law relating to what is necessary in the form of new evidence to re-open a trial. Analysis 26      The principles and authority to re-open evidence of a trial are well established and noted by the Supreme Court… Read more

Is it a Petition or Notice of Claim?

Petition or Notice of Claim?

Litigators must choose the appropriate forum to commence a court action: a petition or notice of claim. Most cases are commenced by the use of a notice of claim while certain types of cases may or must be commenced by petition. Carphin v Braich Estate… Read more