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. ( A settlement has been reached by Kobe Bryant and his parents over a deal struck between Bryant’s mother and a New… Read more

No Constitutional Right To “Know One’s Sperm Donor

  The Supreme Court of Canada ruled there is no constitutional right to know one’s past by obtaining information on your own past from your sperm donor.   Pratten v Attorney General of BC and College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC, the Supreme Court of… Read more

Why Families Fight Over Inheritances

The reasons why families fight over inheritances is much more complicated than simply greed. The book Blood and Money  by P. Mark Accettura is required reading for anyone involved in the business of estate disputes, or anyone going through one or about to do so.The… Read more

Japanese Adoptions of Adult Males

Had I not read the following in the Economist I would not believe the practice of Japanese males adopting single male heirs when faced with  having only female heirs.   It would not surprise most North Americans to learn that 98% of adoptions there involve youngsters…. Read more

Billionaire Pickens Sues Son For “Cyber Bullying”

Billionaire T. Boone Pickens Sues His Son, Alleging ‘Cyber bullying’. Billionaire T. Boone Pickens has sued his son for publishing that he was an abusive father. One of America’s richest families has become the subject of a dark tell-all blog written by one of their… Read more

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 Here an elderly mother brought court… Read more

Aggressive Narcissism – There Is Only Win or Lose 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