Fertility Law Is an Up and Coming New Area of Legal Practice

Continuing Legal Education announced this up coming course for lawyers: The desire to have a child and a family is one of the things that defines most of us as humans. The physical inability to have a child can be devastating. Unfortunately, statistics show that… Read more

Keeping Your Will Out of Court

1. INTRODUCTION Probably the best way that a lawyer or Notary can keep his or her Will out of court is to always bear in mind the end use of the product. The primary goal of a client in executing a Will is to ensure… Read more

Lawyers Limited From Benefiting From Client's Will

Lawyers Limited From Benefiting From Client’s Will

Lawyers in BC are now limited in various aspects of receiving any benefits from a will his or her office prepared. As of January 1, 2013 the Law Society Rules of BC now provide: Chapter 3 – Relationship to Clients | The Law Society of… Read more

Some Estates Generate Large Incomes For Decades

Estates Generate Large Incomes It is very common for estates to generate income and sometimes capital during the administration of the estate on behalf of infants, people with disabilities and thus discretionary trusts, and so forth, that may go on for many decades. Forbes magazine… Read more

Should Sperm Donors Have Parental Rights and Obligations

One of the newest forms of litigation appears to be that of sperm donors and their various legal rights and obligations. I noted with interest a few months ago that the High Court of England handed down a landmark decision allowing two gay men in… Read more

Every Court Worker Has Riotous Stories to Tell – Here Are a Few

Riotous Stories These extracts from a book called ‘Disorder in the American Courts’ are things people actually said in court, word for word. They were taken down and published by court reporters who had the torment of staying calm while the exchanges were taking place…. Read more

Children Neglected When Young Held Not Liable To Support Mother

Adult Children Who Were Neglected When Young Held Not Liable To Support Manipulative Mother Anderson v Anderson, Doko and others 2013 BCSC 129 is sort of a “shoe on the other foot” vantage  from the usual case blogged by disinherited.com Here an elderly mother brought court… Read more

Aggressive Narcissism – There Is Only Win or Lose

Disinherited.com is indebted to the Atlantic magazine on this extraordinary article re aggressive personality disorder, that appears all too frequently in estate disputes. Regrettably, it is not considered a factor in determining mental capacity, but is simply a “personality disorder”. Aggressive Narcissism : Lance Armstrong… Read more

Billionaires Compete Re Huge Marriage Dowries For Daughters

Marriage dowries are largely unknown in Western societies, but still exist in  India and China. The marriage dowries have a long history and tradition, and involves the payment of money, goods, or estate that a bride brings with her into the marriage. The monies and such… Read more

Housekeeper and Staff of Aged Heiress Sued By Public Administrator For $44 Million In “Gifts” In NY

The lawsuit commenced in Manhattan this year concerning the estate of reclusive heiress Huguette Clark , has to be the years most sensational estate case, and thus appropriate for the last blog of the year. The claim is brought by 19 distant family members concerning… Read more

Financial Institution Not Liable For Loss of Invested Inheritance

There have been many court decisions in recent years with the courts have found financial advisors to be negligent in the handling of the investors funds. This was not the case in the recent decision from Ontario in Erst v. Royal Mutual Funds Inc. 2011… Read more

Crime Does Not Pay In Estate Inheritances Unless Criminally Insane

Estate Inheritances Yesterday I blogged about who were nieces and nephews in the Re Holmes Estate. One of the interesting side issues of the Holmes Estate case was that pursuant to the deceased’s will, if any of the 2 testator’s nieces or nephews predeceased the… Read more

Ending Life Support – The Ng Case

Ending Life Support   Disinherited.com was initially consulted in this most interesting court case only days before a decision had been made to end Kenny Ng’s life.   I retained Candace Cho, my mentee, to act in the matter and shadowed her handling of the… Read more

More Women and Minorities Need to Be Appointed Judges

Disinherited.com wholeheartedly endorses the recent article in the Vancouver Sun on October 22, 2012 co -written by Marjorie Griffin Cohen and retired former Justice Donna Martinson. There simply needs to be more women and minorities appointed as Federal Court appointed Judges to the BC  Supreme… Read more

Family Laws and Estate Planning Laws May Clash

Family Laws and Estate Planning Laws May Clash The laws relating to family law and estate planning are intersecting and clashing more and more often. Until recent years, an entirely different approach was taken by the “Probate Courts” and their estate related actions, and the… Read more