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

Botswana Courts Grant Women Inheritance Rights For First Time

Periodically disinherited.com   republishes  an international  news story relating to inheritance laws. While almost everywhere  in the world lacks the Wills Variation act that British Columbia and New Zealand enjoy, it is gratifying to  see the rights of  disinherited spouses anad children expanding throughout the world, slowly by… Read more

Top Court Allows Plaintiff Teen In Defamation Suit To Remain Anonymous

Early this week disinherited.com blogged about the willingness of the courts to protect the privacy of various litigants under certain circumstances. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled on such an important issue today in a land mark decision  A.B v Bragg Communications Inc 2012 SCC… Read more

Free Yourself From Narcissistic Parenting

Narcissistic Parenting I frequently encounter the disinherited victims of a deceased parent , and after a few minutes of questioning, it is easy for me to determine that the deceased likely suffered from a Narcissistic Personality Disorder. I have blogged on the topic before and will undoubtedly… Read more

BC Appeal Court in 1985 Rules Names of Innocent May Be Protected From The Praying Public

BC Appeal Court Hirt v College of Physicians and Surgeons ( British Columbia) BCCA ( 1985) 3 WWR 350 was one of the first BC appeal court decisions, if not the first, to hold that the infringement of the right of the public to freedom… Read more

Mom Always Liked You Best

It still cracks me up to visualize the cover of 1965 Smothers Brothers 8th comedy album ” Mom Always Liked You Best.” The cover photograph shows Dick surrounded by a dog, a wagon, a scooter and many other toys while Tom is sitting there with just… Read more

Stieg Larsson Tragic Legacy Would Not Occur Under BC Estate Laws

Many of us have now heard the story about how the author of the famous trilogy, (” The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”)  suddenly died prior his publication and financial success. The truly shocking part of the story is that his common-law spouse of 32 years did not inherit… Read more

Body Snatching Has A Long History

American news this week reported that a woman’s body had been stolen from her grave 16 years after she had been laid to rest in a New Jersey cemetery. She had been 98 when she had been entombed inside a family mausoleum alongside four other family… Read more

“Reading of the Will” Only takes Place in Movies and Cartoons

We have all seen movies, television shows, and cartoons that depict anxiety ridden prospective beneficiaries typically gathered in a dark paneled lawyer’s office for the so-called “reading of the will”, usually by the lawyer. In 38 years of practice, disinherited.com has  done this once, and only… Read more

Steven Covey RIP- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

It may be slightly off the mark for an estate litigation blog to write about the passing of Steven Covey, but it remains that his thought provoking ideas about how one ought to approach work ,and life in general, to become a highly effective person, are… Read more