What Is a Trust?

Society of Notaries Public Bc v The Law Society BC 2016 BCSC 1558 provides a definition of what is a trust that has been approved by innumerable courts. What Is a Trust? In Waters’ Law of Trusts in Canada (4th ed. Waters, Gillen and Smith,… Read more

Severance of Court Actions

Severance of Court actions joined together may occur in civil litigation.   The Public Guardian and Trustee for BC v Johnston 2016 BCSC 1388 has an excellent review of the law as to when the courts will order that court actions be severed from the… Read more

Court Pleadings

Court pleadings must briefly limit the issues of fact and law with certain clarity so as to give the opposing party sufficient notice of the case to be met at trial. The law relating to pleadings was reviewed in the Public Guardian and Trustee BC… Read more

Standing In Public Interest Concerns

Standing In Public. The issue of public interest concerns standing, being the capacity through proper connection  to bring a court action, was canvassed in Trial Lawyers of BC v BC Attorney general 2016 BCSC 1391 by Hinkson CJBC:   [8] The defendants assert that the… Read more

Unconscionable

In the course of a complex almost month long matrimonial trial, the argument was raised with respect to the marriage agreement that it was unconscionable in its terms. The court concluded that it was not unconscionable. S. ( H.S.) v D. ( S.H.) 2016 BCSC… Read more

Abuse of Process

Many estate litigation claims and counterclaims contain far too much emotional distortion so as to become frivolous, vexatious, unnecessary and otherwise an abuse of process that upon application, may lead to those portions of the claim found to be such to be stricken or dismissed entirely…. Read more

Statutory Presumption of Indefeasible title

British Columbia with its Torrens land title system as a statutory Presumption of Indefeasible Title that can be rebutted by  a resulting trust .   The following extract is taken from Mac v Mak 2016 BCSC 1140:   [107]     The starting point is the presumption… Read more

Legal Research Taxable Disbursement

Legal Research was allowed to be a taxable disbursement by the Court of Appeal . BCCA Registrar Confirms That On Point is “Far More Than Simply Legal Research” ( This blog is thanks to Onpoint Legal Research who I have happily used for over ten… Read more

Hearsay Evidence – The Principled Approach

The Courts have generally in recent years allowed the introduction of hearsay evidence stating that it should be done so under a principled approach. It is a fact that most estate disputes when litigated often refer to statements from the grave and what was stated… Read more

Contempt of Court

Many years ago I brought on contempt of court proceedings in a matrimonial proceeding that resulted in what I would categorize as a waste of time and money. There are exceptions of course, but   in my opinion, since  the proceedings are  quasi- criminal  in the burden… Read more

The Bogus Expert

A bogus expert was recently discussed in a sexual assault appeal,  JP v BG 2016 BCCA 91 , when the Court labelled a bogus expert report as a” fraud on the court”. The so called expert was in fact a recipient of a “diploma mill” and… Read more

Reviewing a Tribunal’s Decision

Janzen v Society of Notaries 2015 BCSC 2485 dealt with the legal standard of a court in the review of a penalty pronounced by a professional society or tribunal, in this case the Notaries Public. A notary had been fined $5000 and a one month… Read more

Lawyer Solicitor Client Privilege

With very rare exceptions, a lawyer must never disclose communications or instructions between the lawyer and the client without the express permission of the client, as such communications are protected by solicitor client privilege. The privilege continues after death and is assumed by the executor or… Read more

Most Canadians Do Not Have a Will

( Reprinted from Canadian Legal Newswire) Amid concern about the 56 per cent of Canadians who don’t have a will, it seems even many lawyers haven’t gotten the message despite the Ontario Bar Association’s designation of November as Make a Will month. “The percentage of… Read more

copyright

Copyright and Royalties

Copyright and Royalties Estates are often the recipient of continuing “residuals” of monies that continue to come in post death for typically artistic endeavours, all due to the law of copyright. For an explanation I went to the following government website to explain copyright. You… Read more