Accessing Mental Capacity: MMSE Mental Capacity Tests

Assessing Mental Capacity: MMSE Mental Capacity Tests

MMSE mental capacity tests, also known as Mini Folstein tests are frequently used by the medical profession as a screening test in assessing mental capacity. Lawyers frequently attempt to tender the results of the MMSE results as evidence of lack of mental capacity. The courts… Read more

Can You Prove Mental Incapacity for a Will?

Can You Prove Mental Incapacity for a Will?

Nykoryak v Anderson 2017 BCSC 1800 is a decision that in many respects is indicative of how difficult it is to succeed in having a will set aside on the basis of lack of mental capacity. The court found that the testator who is aged… Read more

Mental Capacity is a Legal Test, Not Medical

Mental Capacity is a Legal Test, Not Medical

The test for testamentary  mental capacity is a legal test and not a medical test. It is very common in testamentary capacity cases to have a conflict not only between the evidence of the medical practitioners, but also between the evidence of the medical experts,… Read more

Predatory Marriage

Predatory Marriage

Probably every experienced estate litigation lawyer has had court actions involving a predatory spouse. The phenomenon is disturbing and increasingly common in our society as individuals both live longer and accumulate more wealth. In simple terms, predatory spouses take advantage of elderly victims and assume… Read more

Litigation Guardian: Lawyers Can Assess Mental Capacity

Litigation Guardian: Lawyers Can Assess Mental Capacity

In Gengenbacher v. Smith, 2016 BCSC 1164, the court examined what is the test that a solicitor must satisfy to determine if the solicitor can represent an individual seeking to be a litigation guardian of an adult under a legal disability and determined that the… Read more

The Court Orders Mental Capacity Exam

Court Orders Mental Capacity Exam

In Re Singh 2017 BCSC 984 the court invoked its parens patriae jurisdiction and  ordered a 93 year old father to undergo a mental capacity examination by two geriatric doctors . Two of his six children claimed that their father was mentally incompetent to manage… Read more

Delusions and Testamentary Capacity – 4 Factors to Consider

This video is about delusions and testamentary capacity required to make a will. The leading decision of testamentary capacity is Banks versus Goodfellow from 1857 which held that in order to have valid capacity, a person must 1) know what a will is; 2) know what… Read more

Mental Capacity and Marriage

This video is about capacity to marry. That’s mental capacity. We all know the story of Anna Nicole Smith and her love affair and marriage to the 94 year-old billionaire. After his untimely passing, there was years and years of litigation which centered on whether… Read more

Dysfunctional Families: The Predator Spouse

Dysfunctional Families: The Predator Spouse

A disturbing and increasing  trend in dysfunctional families is the advent of the predator spouse who takes advantage of elderly victims and assumes control of usually  financial affairs and marries the victim in short order. Even if the family had been reasonably functional prior to… Read more

Drafting Lawyer Has Heavy Duty to Investigate Testamentary Capacity

Drafting Lawyer Has Heavy Duty to Investigate Testamentary Capacity

Friesen v Friesen Estate (1985) 24 ETR 191 sets out inter alia the heavy duty upon a lawyer taking instructions for a will to investigate and satisfy him or herself that the testator has testamentary capacity. 77      The law reports of England and Canada are replete… Read more

Parens Patriae Jurisdiction of the Courts

Parens Patriae Jurisdiction of the Courts

Re Senini 2016 BCSC 2299 invoked the  the parens patriae  jurisdiction of the courts to declare an adult no  longer incapable of handling her affairs. The parens patriae jurisdiction is  founded on necessity, namely the need for the courts to act for the protection of… Read more

Mental Incompetency and the Patient's Property Act

Mental Incompetency and the Patient’s Property Act

Re Silkstrom 2017 BCSC 206 involved a contested application under the Patient’s Property Act to be appointed the committee of the person of an elderly mental incompetency patient. A Trust company had earlier been appointed to manage the elderly woman’s  financial affairs pursuant to a Power… Read more

Dementia disease

Dementia disease

An epidemic of dementia disease is predicted to occur within the next 15-20 years. The most common types of dementia disease such as Alzheimers, frontotemporal dementia, vascular dementia, and Lewy Bodies are expected to dramatically increase by %50  over the next 15 -20 years as… Read more

Committeeship and the Patients Property Act

Committeeship and the Patients Property Act

Re Haston 2016 BCSC 1962 is a good review of the law relating  to the appointment of a committee under the Patients Property Act, as well as the criteria for choosing the best party to be the committee. Once appointed the committeeship voids any Powers of… Read more

Mental Capacity Required to Marry and Separate Incorrect

Mental Capacity Required to Marry and Separate Incorrect

As any of the legions of matrimonial lawyers will tell you, it may be easy to get into this simple contract, but it is not at all that easy to extricate oneself from it. In Wolfman-Stotland v. Stotland, 2011 BCCA 175 (B.C. C.A.), leave to… Read more