What I’m Reading: Interesting Estate Litigation Articles for December 2020

The following is a roundup of noteworthy articles published this month on estate litigation and related issues:

  1. The suspension of limitation periods in B.C. as a result of Covid-19 ends on March 25, 2021. Stan Rule discussed some of the implications for estate litigation: http://rulelaw.blogspot.com/2020/12/suspension-of-limitation-periods-in.html
  2. WEL Partners (Toronto) published a series of posts on elder law this month, identifying potential scams and available resources. A post on a concerning case of elder abuse reported in the media can be found here: https://welpartners.com/blog/2020/12/elder-law-series-woman-with-power-of-attorney-takes-thousands-from-97-year-old-with-dementia/. A post with various resources for victims of elder abuse (or their concerned family members) can be found here: https://welpartners.com/blog/2020/12/elder-law-series-stay-safe-resources-should-you-or-your-loved-ones-become-a-victim-of-elder-abuse/
  3. Ian Hull and Daniel Enright of Hull & Hull LLP (in Ontario) discussed the Slayer Rule – a general rule of public policy that forbids a criminal from profiting from his or her own wrongdoing: https://hullandhull.com/2020/12/murder-insurance-money-and-the-slayer-rule/
  4. Ian Hull and Daniel Enright also wrote about an interesting case in which new homeowners found $600,000 in cash hidden in their house, presumably left there by the previous (and now deceased) owner. The personal representative of the estate of the deceased prior owner sought the return of the monies to the estate. The judge refused to grant summary judgment, concluding that more evidence was required to determine the matter. This means that the unusual case may return to the courts in the future. The post can be found here: https://hullandhull.com/2020/11/finders-and-keepers-and-the-hidden-half-million-dollars/

Happy reading, and Happy New Year.

What I’m Reading: Interesting Estate Litigation Articles for November 2020

The following is a roundup of noteworthy articles published this month on estate litigation and related issues:

1. Trevor Todd at disinherited.com observes that one of the top reasons for disinheritance of a child is alleged estrangement, and he considers various B.C. cases on this issue: https://disinherited.com/uncategorized/wills-variation-overcoming-estrangement/

2. Janis Ko at Onyx Law provides a case comment which also deals with the issue of alleged estrangement of a child leading to disinheritance: https://onyxlaw.ca/spite-not-a-valid-and-rational-reason-to-disinherit-a-child/

3. The court will sometimes uphold the disinheritance of an estranged child, as Janis Ko at Onyx Law observes in a case comment found here: https://onyxlaw.ca/bc-court-finds-father-had-good-reason-to-disinherit-two-sons/

4. Stan Rule provides a useful and detailed discussion of some of the issues to be considered when granting a power of attorney: http://rulelaw.blogspot.com/2020/11/powers-of-attorney-consider-allowing.html

5. In advance of U.S election, Paul Trudelle at Hull & Hull LLP (in Ontario) considered the issue of whether an attorney under a power of attorney can vote on behalf of the grantor: https://hullandhull.com/2020/11/voting-and-powers-of-attorney/

6. Polly Storey at Clark Wilson provides a detailed update on medical assistance in dying (“MAID”) in Canada: https://www.cwilson.com/medical-assistance-in-dying-a-step-forward-in-ottawa/

7. Finally, Suzana Popovic-Montag and Tori Joseph at Hull & Hull LLP (Ontario) also provide an update on MAID, and go on to discuss the difficulty of accessing these services during the Covid-19 pandemic: https://hullandhull.com/2020/11/maid-accessibility/

Happy Reading!