Dysfunctional Families: Depersonalization Disorder

Dysfunctional Families: Depersonalization Disorder

Most of my clients at disinherited.com come from what generally might be described as dysfunctional families that ultimately result in a disinheritance for a number of complex reasons. Part of my job as an estate litigation lawyer is to try and understand the complexity of… Read more

Relationship Between Parent and Child Is Fiduciary

Relationship Between Parent and Child Is Fiduciary

A (LS) v A. ( WH) Estate 2014 BCSC  1910  (Antrobus v Antrobus) discusses that the relationship of parent and child is fiduciary in nature, and that parents have an obligation to care for, protect and rear their children . This line of authority was also… Read more

Dysfunctional Families: How to Recognize Them

Dysfunctional Families: How to Recognize Them

As a boomer growing up in the Leave it to Beaver age, it was not until I practiced estate litigation exclusively  that I learned  to recognize dysfunctional families and the mess that they leave behind (typically my clients). In discussing the family dynamic with many clients,… Read more

Dysfunctional Families Result In Disinheritances

Dysfunctional Families Result in Disinheritances

Forty  years of litigating contested estates has led me to conclude that dysfunctional families are much more inclined to result in disinheritances The reason is rather simple-dysfunctional families are toxic. I have no statistics to back up this assertion other than anecdotal as I venture… Read more

Dysfunctional Families and Birth Order

Dysfunctional Families and Birth Order

Studies have shown that the birth order of children plays a significant part in their development in functional families that can be exacerbated in dysfunctional families given their extreme dynamics. It is common for families with more than one child to joke about the innumerable photos… Read more