How the Award of Court Costs are Made in British Columbia

This video is about court costs. Typically and historically, court costs often came out of the estate. The unsuccessful party did not have to pay the winning party and that was the way it was for many, many years. Approximately 20 years ago in British… Read more

Determining Legal Fees When No Retainer Agreement is Present

Determining Legal Fees When No Retainer Agreement is Present

If a lawyer does not have a contingency fee agreement or retainer agreement then the courts will use various criteria to determine the appropriateness of the legal fees based on quantum meruit (a reasonable fee for services rendered). One of the chestnuts in this area of… Read more

Costs: The Standard of Review

Costs: The Standard of Review

The BC Court of Appeal in Giles v Westminster Savings Credit Union 2010 BCCA 282 reviewed the standard of awarding costs and the various purposes for an award of costs. The case was recently followed in Kyle Estate v Kyle 2017 BCSC 752 which stated… Read more

Estoppel By Convention

Estoppel By Convention. The Supreme Court of Canada has set out the criteria as to what establishes estoppel by convention in Ryan v. Moore, 2005 SCC 38, [2005] 2 S.C.R. 53. In paragraphs 53 and 54, the Court sets out how the forms of estoppel… Read more

Mutual Release

At the end of each court case, the lawyers generally have each party sign a Mutual release that in layman’s terms means they will never sue each other for the same matter again, it being a final settlement. The mutual release signed by the parties… Read more

Credibility – Who Is Believed Wins

Credibility  is whoever is believed , usually wins the case.One can have the best of court cases, but if the Judge does not believe your client’s testimony, as  there is no witnesses credibility, usually results in a lost trial. The BC  Court of Appeal in… Read more

Abuse of Process: Misusing the Court's Process for Ulterior Purpose

Abuse of Process: Misusing the Court’s Process for Ulterior Purpose

The tort of abuse of process is made out when a party shows a misuse or perversion of the Court’s process for an exterior or ulterior purpose. In other words, using a certificate of pending litigation to tie up a property and prevent it being… Read more

The Courts Power to Amend Pleadings

It is frequent in estate litigation that new facts arise and the claim must be amended to provide for the adequate remedy. This blog is a summary of the courts power to make such an order.   Rule 6-1(1) of the Supreme Court Rules provides… Read more

Implied Confidentiality

The Implied Confidentiality of Documents In Litigation

deals with the issue of confidentiality of document exchange in litigation relating to the disclosure of documents to non-parties to the litigation, without the consent of the actual parties to the litigation. The court held that to disclose discovery information by the parties to nonparties, constitutes… Read more

Pleading Invalid Will and Wills Variation Claim Together Allowed

From time to time during the almost 40 years that I have practiced estate litigation, I have been told by various opposing counsel that it is inappropriate to plead in the same court action that a will is not valid, and therefore must be proved… Read more

Court of Appeal Rules on Res Judicata, Abuse of Process and Estoppel

Bronson v. Tompkins Ranching Ltd., 2013 BCCA 477 The Beneficiaries of a trust obtained a judgment against the trustee for a breach of trust in relation to the sale of shares by the trust. They then commenced a second action, against the recipient of the… Read more

Cost Awards in Estate Litigation

Cost Awards in BC Estate Litigation

INTRODUCTION Cost awards are the amount of monies that a Court awards one litigant against another as a contribution towards legal fees incurred. Until recent years, practitioners in estate litigation , had little to fear with respect to costs awards. Win or lose, the costs… Read more

What is Solicitor-Client Privilege?

In Skogstad v Law Society of BC 2007 BCCA 310 the Bc Court of Appeal held: “6. Solicitor-client privilege is a substantive rule of law, a core legal value. The protection of the confidentiality of communications between a lawyer and his or her client is… Read more

The Collateral Attack Rule

The trusts of the late Sam Cohen reported in Re Newton Trust 2013 BCSC 1665 involved an issue relating to the collateral attack rule. One of the trustees sought $800,000 in past fees for periods covered in previous passing of accounts. Various legal issues such… Read more

conversion

The Tort of Conversion

The tort of conversion was discussed in Ast v Mikolas 2010 BCSC 127 .   [125] The tort of conversion involves the wrongful interference with another person’s chattels such as taking, using or destroying the goods in a way that is inconsistent with the owner’s… Read more