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

Court Termination of Representation Agreements

Court Termination of Representation Agreements

Baker-McGrotty v Baker 2016 BCSC 699 discuss when the court will exercise its discretion to NOT terminate representation agreements after the appointment of a committee under the Patients Property Act. 26 Section 19 of the Patients Property act provides as follows: 19 On a person… Read more

Who Should Be Appointed Committee

Who Should Be Appointed Committee

The thorny topic of  who should be appointed Committee was discussed in Baker-McGrotty V Baker 2016 BCSC 699. The case involved a representation agreement appointing a care giver but was signed when the patient was severely cognitively impaired, so it was suspect in it’s validity…. Read more

Burden of Proof In Mental Capacity

Burden of Proof In Mental Capacity

Becker v Becker 2016 BCSC 487 nicely summarizes much of the law relating to mental capacity aka testamentary capacity including the law re the burden of proof in mental capacity cases.  THE  LAW 51      The burden of proving testamentary capacity is on the party propounding… Read more

Who Should Be Appointed Committee (Guardian)

Who Should Be Appointed Committee (Guardian)

The vexing problem of who should be appointed the committee (legal guardian) of a demented person under the Patient’s Property Act  RSBC often involves the worst of family “tug a wars” over the financial  and personal affairs of a loved one. The law re who… Read more