Dysfunctional Families- Toxic Parents

I am fond of saying that it is extremely easy to become a parent, but very difficult to be a good one. Many children are simply not wanted, and many
Passive-Aggressive Behavior

Passive-Aggressive Behaviour

Passive-aggressive people are frequently seen in estate litigation and family law matters. People such as parents or partners who display passive-aggressive behavior have a hard time expressing their feelings verbally.

Abusive Parents

In my practice of acting for disinherited people, I frequently encounter adult children who have been raised by abusive, even toxic parents. It comes with the territory. I have frequently

Personality Disorders in Estate Litigation

One of the most common fact patterns in estate litigation involves a parent(s) with a personality disorder. We all know people like this – they are usually nasty, manipulative, verbally
The Doctrine of “Clean Hands” | Disinherited Estate Litigation

The Doctrine of “Clean Hands”

In an action for fraud and misrepresentation Wang v Wang 2020 BCCA 15 the BC Appeal court found the trial judge was incorrect in disallowing a claim by reason that
Recognizing Personality Disorder

Recognizing Personality Disorder

My experience is that many children of parents with a personality disorder end in estate litigation, and I may be important to recognize this. Generally speaking, people with personality disorders
Special Damages Must Be Particularized

Special Damages Must Be Particularized

Wilson v HMTQ 2019 BCSC 1049 involved a discussion of what special damages are and how they must be particularized. The case involved a successful application by the defendants to
Cutting Ties with the Family and Estrangement - Disinherited

Dysfunctional Families-Cutting Ties

I have frequently interviewed clients who told me innumerable variations of the theme that caused them to cut ties with their parents, only to be met with a memorandum in
The Doctrine of Clean Hands

The Doctrine of Clean Hands

A well-established principle of the law of equity is the doctrine of clean hands which states “he who comes into equity must come with clean hands.” The clean hands doctrine
Sibling Rivalry in Dysfunctional Families and Estate Litigation

Dysfunctional Families: Sibling Rivalry

In estate litigation, what euphemistically might be called “sibling rivalry” but in a dysfunctional family, often in reality borders on sibling hatred and jealousies. In some species, fortunately not humans,