Expert Opinions In Records Are Generally Inadmissible Evidence

Expert opinions contained in the hospital records are generally inadmissible  Reid v Balcaen  2003 BCSC 1533, and Egli v Egli 2003 BCSC 1716. This is because hearsay evidence is not admissible for the truth of the contents unless it can be admitted by applying the… Read more

Judge Seeks To End Long Running Estate Trial of Thirty Court Actions

Long Running Estate Trial In a case he called “Ontario’s long running estate trial legal drama,” a Superior Court judge has declared a plaintiff who launched dozens of lawsuits in an estate dispute a vexatious litigant. The property at 140 Dunvegan Rd. in Toronto is… Read more

Introducing Fresh Evidence At An Appeal Hearing

Fresh evidence is not new evidence- fresh evidence existed at the time of the initial trial, but for various reasons could not be put before the court. New evidence is that which has become available subsequent to the trial, and is much harder to gain… Read more

Limitations Act -June 1.13

BC Limitations Act It is essential that each specific type of court action be brought within the time limits set by the statute of limitations, or the perspective claimant is “out of time”and barred from doing so. There are a number of substantial changes being… Read more

Equity Demands “Clean Hands”

Equity  demands  “clean hands”  or it will not be exercised. Wachter v Carlson 2012 BCSC 1390 is a good example of the horrendous legal predicament elderly couple can find themselves in by entering into well intentioned, but poorly thought out, and not legally prepared, arrangements… Read more

Court Prefers Lawyers Opinion Over Doctor’s On Mental Capacity

  Moore v Drummond BCSC 1702 is not the first decision where the evidence of the lawyer who  prepared a will  is preferred over that of a family doctor, on the issue of whether or not a deceased  had mental capacity to prepare a will. One… Read more

The Doctrine of Fraudulent Concealment Postpones a Limitation Period

The doctrine of fraudulent concealment  . . .  was succinctly articulated by Justice Dickson (as he then was) in Guerin v. Canada, [1984] 2 S.C.R. 335 at 390, 13 D.LR. (4th) 321: . . .  The fraudulent concealment necessary [to postpone a limitation period] need not amount to deceit… Read more

“Proprietary Estoppel” Can Be Used as a Cause of Action

The following extensive quote relating to the law of Proprietary Estoppel has been excerpted from the reason for judgement of Cowderoy v Sorkos Estate, 77 ETR (3d) 246, which was briefly blogged about on February 7.13 on this website.    P  68  “The modern doctrine… Read more

Claim For Property Promised Years Before Upheld

A Claim For Interest In Property Verbally Promised Years Before, Was Upheld By Court As  An Agreement Verbal promises to provide property years in the future, in return for services  for the life of the promissor, are increasingly common in estate litigation. Such arrangements, usually… Read more

Parol Evidence Rule Not Permitted To Be Instrument of Fraud

“Parol evidence”‘ that is verbal evidence to show that the written contract was not the true contract,  admitted to prevent a fraud upon a trust. The BC Court of Appeal upheld the finding of a trust in the decision Bradshaw v Stenner 2012 CarswellOnt 1936… Read more

No Punitive or Aggravated Damages In Wrongful Death Claims

No Punitive or Aggravated Damages In Wrongful Death Claims Glenn v Seair Seaplanes and others, 2012 BCSC 1726  arises from a seaplane crash in November  2009. The action has been brought against the owner and operator of the seaplane, Seair Seaplanes Ltd. and the pilot, Francois… Read more

Ontario Court Upholds Award Against Losing Party of Over $700,000 in Costs For Frivilous Action

Costs For Frivilous Action The recent Ontario decision involving Smith Estate v Rotstein 2012 CarswellOnt 9064, provides a detailed examination of recent awards for court costs involving lengthy but frivolous action estate litigation fights. Here a sibling engaged in lengthy and complex litigation alledging undue… Read more

Court Inherent Jurisdiction to Protect Those Who Need Protection

 Supreme Court Inherent Jurisdiction to Protect Those Who Cannot Protect Themselves Referring  again to the Kenny Ng case, the wife as committee for the person of Kenny, had decided after seven years of him being in a coma,to remove his life support system. His family applied… Read more

Adverse Inference For Failure to Call Certain Evidence

There are certain cases where it is simply necessary and expected to call a particular witness who might have extensive knowledge as to the facts in question, and failing to do so, will lead the court to draw an adverse inference as to what that… Read more

Interim Injunctions

Interim Injunctions Black’s law dictionary defines “injunction” as a “court order prohibiting someone from doing some specified act or commanding someone to undo some wrong or injury”. In the Ng life support application blogged about yesterday, the patient’s family applied to the court for an… Read more