Trevor Todd to Chair and Speak at WESA Conference June 6

The WESA conference: Everything a trial lawyer needs to know about the Wills, Estates and Succession Act. Opening Comments R. TREVOR TODD, Disinherited.com, Vancouver View From a Very Knowledgeable Bench THE HON. MADAME JUSTICE SANDRA BALLANCE, Supreme Court of BC, Vancouver THE HON. MADAME JUSTICE… Read more

Dysfunctional Families-The Estrangement Epidemic

  There is a noted estrangement epidemic amongst dysfunctional families “Family quarrels are bitter things. They’re not like aches or wounds; they’re more like splits in the skin that won’t heal because there is not enough material.” F. Scott Fitzgerald   Estrangement is the turning… Read more

“Right to Die” Case Going to Supreme Court of Canada

As reported by the ,Vancouver Province today, The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to review the country’s assisted suicide laws more than two decades after it rejected doctor-assisted dying for people who are terminally ill. The high court announced Thursday it will hear an… Read more

The Estate Fight Over Who Owns Sherlock Holmes Is Just the Beginning Of Ownership Battles as Copyrights Expire

Sherlock Holmes? Estate fights to maintain control of famous character as copyright protections expire. Jason Keyser, Associated Press | January 3, 2014 | Last Updated: Jan 3 6:29 PM ET More from Associated Press FotoliaWriter Leslie Klinger is challenging the Conan Doyle Estate, LTD over… Read more

Celebrities Estates Earn MIllions

Forbes Magazine’s Top earning Dead Celebrities  2012 have now been reported, once again showing that many people are worth considerably more dead than they could have ever imagined. It is not just artists and celebrities who have this earning ability,as  almost anyone who has the… Read more

The “Downside” of Presumption of Death Orders – The Fake

Police arrest ‘dead’ banker accused of losing millions of investor dollars. A south Georgia bank director accused of losing millions of investor dollars before vanishing was homeless and worked odd jobs before his arrest earlier this week, a U.S. marshal told a federal judge Thursday…. Read more

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Pete the dog joins the team

R. Trevor Todd is pleased to announce that “Pete” has joined R. Trevor Todd, Linda Yardley, Judith Milliken Q.C., and Jazzy in the practice of wills, estates and estate litigation.   Pete the dog

Evolving Attitudes Towards Death

Evolving  Attitudes Towards Death Death renders all equal,” wrote Claudian. How each one of us relates to death, however, is individual, and always changing — as we mature; as we contemplate life, and death, around us; and as society changes. In this special edition of the National… Read more

Longevity Contributes to Increased Estate Litigation

Increased Estate Litigation Due to Increased Longevity In 1998 I did a seminar on mental capacity with a geriatric specialist who told the crowd that historically people only live to be 40 years of age. He mentioned that medical science has made such quantum leaps… Read more

Sibling Rivalry – Mom Always Loved YOU Best

Sibling rivalry is rife in estate litigation and often comes to the fore with the death of the parents— particularly the last parent. Although some fortunate siblings may be the best of friends, that situation is obviously rare in our practices. One of our favourite… Read more

Judge Tells Man He Must “Stay Dead”

Dead Man Walking: Judge Tells Man He Must Stay Dead 10/10/13, 7:11 PM EDT (Credit: Hancock County Juvenile Court) Legally, Donald Miller is dead and he’s staying that way in the eyes of the law. An Ohio judge told him so in court this week. Miller,… Read more

Live In Caregiver Awarded Wages of Half What Outside Service Would Charge

Foreman v. Reid2010 BCSC 228 The case is largely reported as one of undue influence and testamentary capacity, but the defendant counter claimed for an award of damages based on unjust enrichment, for a reasonable fee for the care giving services provided for over 5… Read more

Are We Hard Wired to Litigate Over Estates?

Litigate Over Estates When Billionaires are willing to air their family laundry over inheritances, it makes one reflect on do these people ever have enough money? The Revlon Heiress Ms Perelman is suing her uncle over her grandfather’s will alleging that his son used undue… Read more

Many Super Rich Will Not Leave It All to Their Children

  Not all of the world’s super rich billionaires are dedicated to being extraordinarily altruistic — many decide to spend their money indulging in fancy cars, planes, and yachts and not on their children   Warren Buffet is notorious for saying he will donate all… Read more

40 Great Things To Say While Alive

Things To Say Before You Die and are still alive. Before you’re sprawled on your deathbed, there are some things you really have to say. They’re not complicated.   40 “I wonder.” Give yourself time to think so the time you spend doing things will… Read more