Striking Out a Court Pleading

A court pleading may be struck out by the Court pursuant to Rule 9-5 ( 1) which states: 1) At any stage of a proceeding, the court may order to be struck out or amended the whole or any part of pleading, petition or other document… Read more

Court Costs Awarded Against Lawyer Personally

The Supreme Court of Canada dismissed an appeal of the Ontario Court of Appeal upholding a a substantial award of court costs against a  lawyer personally for his handling of a case found to be vexatious and an abuse of process.  The client was also jointly… Read more

Get Your Will Done Joke

This is especially for Seniors but also for those who have not prepared their Will!!     Mr. Smith is on his deathbed and knows the end is near. The nurse, his wife, daughter and 2 sons, are with him. He asks that 2 witnesses… Read more

Amending Court Pleadings

Russell Estate v Larson 2017 BCSC 113 contains a good summary of the law relating to amending court pleadings.   Pleadings are very important in litigation so as to give a concise definition of the issues to be tried and to allow the opposing party… Read more

Judicial Bias

Allegations of judicial bias occasionally make the news when a litigant asserts that the proposed  Judge is so biased that a fair trial cannot be obtained, and the Judge is asked to recuse him or herself. Bias is very different from a court finding a… Read more

Gift of House Upheld Trust

Franklin v Cooper 2016 BCCA 447 upheld a decision of the Supreme Court that the presumption of resulting trust applied and that the defendant daughter who received gift of house by her mother in joint tenancy, instead held the house in trust for the estate of their… Read more

Funeral Service

  It is surprisingly common for loved ones of a deceased person to argue or even litigate over the funeral service and disposition of the remains of a deceased person. One of the leading cases in BC is Kartsonas v Kartsonas Estate 2010 BCCA 336… Read more

Dementia disease

An epidemic of dementia disease is predicted to occur within the next 15-20 years. The most common types of dementia disease such as Alzheimers, frontotemporal dementia, vascular dementia, and Lewy Bodies are expected to dramatically increase by %50  over the next 15 -20 years as… Read more

“Survive By Five Days”

S  10 of WESA provides for when a person does not survive a deceased person by five (5)  days or longer when provided for in an instrument(  ie a will) is conclusively deemed to have died before the deceased persona for all purposes and thus will… Read more

Taxation of a Lawyers Account

Lawyer client relationships sometimes go off the rails and a dispute may arise about an unpaid account. The remedy is taxation of the account before a registrar of the Supreme  Court and both the client and the lawyer have the right to have the matter… Read more

Gifts In Contemplation of Marriage

Gifts In Contemplation of Marriage. P.S. v H.R. 2016 BCSC 2071 involves a claim for the return of a gift ( a $17,000  engagement ring) made in contemplation of marriage arising from a whirlwind relationship of three months that abruptly ended due to the plaintiff’s… Read more

What is a Discretionary Trust?

The BC Court of Appeal in Putzki v Saunders 2016 BCCA 344 examined the nature of a family property trust and discussed what is a discretionary trust. A discretionary trust is commonly used in estate planning often  when dealing with infants, disabled people on a government… Read more

Interim Payments Under Wills Variation

Interim Payments Under Wills Variation Grant v Grant estate 1997 Carswell BC 3773 allowed a widow in need of funds to receive interim payments under the wills variation provisions of WESA. The Grant and Hecht cases are only a few reported cases of the ability to… Read more

Mental Capacity Required to Marry and Separate Incorrect

The BC Court of Appeal was incorrect in finding that the mental test to marry and separate is a low one involving a “ simple” contract. As any of the legions of matrimonial lawyers will tell you, it may be easy to get into this… Read more

Severance of a Joint Tenancy

Zeligs Estate v Janes 2016 BCCA 280 contains an excellent review of the law relating to severance of a joint tenancy, thus converting it into a tenancy in common:   [45]        Like any owner, a joint tenant is entitled to deal freely with… Read more