The Defence of Mistake

The Law of Mistake

Teather v Kawashima 2016  BCSC  2231 involved litigation where the defence of mistake was argued and the Court reviewed the law. When parties are negotiating a contract it may occur that  one party is thinking of one thing while the other party is thinking of… Read more

Fertility and WESA: Is This Reproductive Matter Property?

Fertility and WESA

A deceased husband’s frozen sperm at a fertility centre was declared to be personal property under WESA and previous case law and thus could be inherited by the widow on an intestacy. The court in KLW v Genesis Fertility Centre 2016 BCSC 1621 ordered to release of… Read more

Who Can Be an Expert Witness?

Who Can Be an Expert Witness?

The complexity  litigation issues  has increased the need and use of expert witnesses, and just who can be one is sometime an issue in itself. Some of the experts that I have  utilized over years of estate litigation are geriatric psychiatrists, accountants and forensic auditors, and… Read more

Copy of Will Probated

Copy of Will Probated

Under certain circumstances a copy of a will rather than the original, may be admitted to probate as the last valid will of the deceased. The competing claimants will typically  argue that there is a presumption of revocation when the original will cannot be produced…. Read more

Laches

Laches

Laches was discussed and rejected by the court in Grewal v Khakh 2016 BCSC 2055, where the court quoted the Supreme Court of Canada: 52           In  M. (K.) v. M. (H.), , [1992] 3 S.C.R. 6, [1992] S.C.J. No. 85 (S.C.C.) at para. 98, where the… Read more

Gifts In Contemplation of Death

Gifts In Contemplation of Death

Deathbed gifts happen surprisingly often. It is relatively common for people, during their last days, to make sizable gifts to caregivers and loved ones. Frequently the purported gift is at odds with the will of the dying person. Like deathbed wills, deathbed gifts’ often result… Read more

Assets Passing Outside of the Estate

Assets Passing Outside of the Estate

Assets Passing – Probably most people in North America die holding assets that pass from their name to others or their estate that pass both ” inside” and “outside” of the estate. A deceased’s will only distributes assets that were personally owned by the deceased at… Read more

Proper Estate Expenses

Proper Estate Expenses

Re Vince Insurance Trust 2016 BCSC 1992 reviewed the law as to what constitutes proper estate expenses such that the executor would be entitled to be reimbursed for same. It is a question of fact in each case. The application for the interim distribution was… Read more

Interim Distribution Ordered

Interim Distribution Ordered

An interim distribution of $250,000  of his maximum estate entitlement of $460,000 was ordered to a 76 year old former spouse of the deceased who needed funds in Davis v Burns Estate 2016 BCSC 1982. The application was made  under section 155 of the Wills,… Read more

Tracing Converted Assets

Tracing Converted Assets

Converted assets can be traced and reclaimed under certain circumstances if they can be identified. For example a bank account of cash can be converted into a stock portfolio which in turn is used to buy a house that is subsequently sold and put into… Read more

Removed Executor Gets No fees

Removed Executor Gets No Fees

Watson v Strong 2016 BCSC 1897 dealt with a passing of accounts claim for executor’s fees by a removed executor  that was rejected by the court. The court instead awarded %4.5 fees on an interim basis to the executor who replaced the removed executor, with… Read more

Examinations for Discovery Ordered

Examinations for Discovery Ordered

Estate of Patricia Connor deceased, 2016 BCSC 1934 dealt with the court ordering examinations for discovery and production of various documents in an action between half siblings of the deceased and a purported spouse of the deceased as inter alia the parties knew little to nothing… Read more

Legal Fees Agreements

Legal Fees Agreements

The test as to whether a legal fees agreement was “fair and reasonable” was recently reviewed in Hammerberg Lawyers LLP v Ikeda 2016 BCSC 621. The agreement in question was a contingency fee agreement. The lawyers worked on a difficult case for a long time… Read more

Leave to Appeal

Leave to Appeal

The legal test for leave to appeal was restated in Ho Estate v. Ho 2016 BCCA 253 , upheld at 2016 BCCA 378, where the decision of one appeal judge was upheld by a panel when he refused leave to appeal on the basis that… Read more

Mandatory Injunctions: Harm Must Probably Occur

Mandatory Injunctions: Harm Must Probably Occur

McLean v. Law Society of British Columbia 2016 BCCA 368 reviewed the law on injunctions and held that the court should only grant a mandatory injunctions when the harm complained of would probably occur.   [17]        Both declarations and injunctions, speaking as they do… Read more