Evolving Attitudes Towards Death

Evolving  Attitudes Towards Death Death renders all equal,” wrote Claudian. How each one of us relates to death, however, is individual, and always changing — as we mature; as we contemplate life, and death, around us; and as society changes. In this special edition of the National… Read more

Longevity Contributes to Increased Estate Litigation

Increased Estate Litigation Due to Increased Longevity In 1998 I did a seminar on mental capacity with a geriatric specialist who told the crowd that historically people only live to be 40 years of age. He mentioned that medical science has made such quantum leaps… Read more

Sibling Rivalry – Mom Always Loved YOU Best

Sibling rivalry is rife in estate litigation and often comes to the fore with the death of the parents— particularly the last parent. Although some fortunate siblings may be the best of friends, that situation is obviously rare in our practices. One of our favourite… Read more

Judge Tells Man He Must “Stay Dead”

Dead Man Walking: Judge Tells Man He Must Stay Dead 10/10/13, 7:11 PM EDT (Credit: Hancock County Juvenile Court) Legally, Donald Miller is dead and he’s staying that way in the eyes of the law. An Ohio judge told him so in court this week. Miller,… Read more

Live In Caregiver Awarded Wages of Half What Outside Service Would Charge

Foreman v. Reid2010 BCSC 228 The case is largely reported as one of undue influence and testamentary capacity, but the defendant counter claimed for an award of damages based on unjust enrichment, for a reasonable fee for the care giving services provided for over 5… Read more

Are We Hard Wired to Litigate Over Estates?

Litigate Over Estates When Billionaires are willing to air their family laundry over inheritances, it makes one reflect on do these people ever have enough money? The Revlon Heiress Ms Perelman is suing her uncle over her grandfather’s will alleging that his son used undue… Read more

Many Super Rich Will Not Leave It All to Their Children

  Not all of the world’s super rich billionaires are dedicated to being extraordinarily altruistic — many decide to spend their money indulging in fancy cars, planes, and yachts and not on their children   Warren Buffet is notorious for saying he will donate all… Read more

40 Great Things To Say While Alive

Things To Say Before You Die and are still alive. Before you’re sprawled on your deathbed, there are some things you really have to say. They’re not complicated.   40 “I wonder.” Give yourself time to think so the time you spend doing things will… Read more

Famous Failures Who Made It

Famous Failures Who Made It   – If you have never failed, you have never tried anything new! Albert Einstein– Albert was not able to speak until he was almost 4 years old and his teacher said he would never amount to much. Michael Jordan-after… Read more

Americans Donate Billions to Charity

Americans are generally speaking generous towards charities, donating around 7 plus billion dollars per year. Here are a few of the top   donors: 1. Warren Buffett Total: $3.084 billion 2. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan Total: $499 million 3. John and Laura Arnold Total: $423… Read more

Six Famous Estate Fights

  Famous Estate Fights- Mistakes & Lessons   Brooke Astor Mistake: Naming wrong person as agent under power of attorney. Story: In October 2009 socialite Brooke Astor’s son Anthony Marshall was convicted of fraud and grand larceny relating to his handling of his late mother’s estate…. Read more

Blended Family Wills and Estates Issues

Blended family situations with respect to estate disputes are common as the families have not in fact often “blended”. As such members of the family often resort to the provisions of the BC wills variation act, now after April 1, 2014, incorporated into the provisions… Read more

You Are Richer Than You Think

Richer Than You Think? Jun 22nd 2013 |From the print edition From The Economist Last year 12m people in the world had $1m or more in investible assets. That is 1m more “high-net-worth individuals” than in 2011. After falling in two of the previous five… Read more

Highest U.S Court Bans Patents On Isolated Human Genes

Patents on isolated gene therapy will be an increasing source of public  demand, legislative control, and  litigation. Reprinted from the New York Times June 13, 20113, such a ruling would be persuasive but not binding on a Canadian court.These types of cases will become increasingly frequent… Read more

Kobe and Mom Settle Over Memorabilia

Settlement reached between Kobe Bryant, parents in auction dispute. Kobe Bryant’s mother sought to auction off a number of his high school jerseys. (GoldinAuctions.com) A settlement has been reached by Kobe Bryant and his parents over a deal struck between Bryant’s mother and a New… Read more