What I’m Reading: Interesting Estate Litigation Articles for May 2021

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

  1. Sydney Osmar at Hull & Hull LLP (in Ontario) discusses a recent Ontario case estate which applied the public policy doctrine that a person who has committed murder cannot benefit from his or her crime (including from the estate of the person they have murdered): https://hullandhull.com/2021/05/the-criminal-forfeiture-rule-and-the-doctrine-of-acceleration/.  Stan Rule at Sabey Rule LLP (Kelowna) also commented upon this case: http://rulelaw.blogspot.com/2021/05/the-bank-of-nova-scotia-trust-company-v.html
  2. Debra Curcio Lister and Jordon Magico at Miller Thomson discuss the importance of obtaining competent legal advice, with reference to recent decisions of the courts in Alberta: https://www.millerthomson.com/en/blog/mt-estate-litigation-blog/why-competent-legal-advice-is-fundamental/
  3. Lauren Liang and Polly Storey at Clark Wilson discuss rectification of a will when it does not appear to accomplish the intentions of the deceased’s person: https://www.cwilson.com/rectifying-wills-under-s-59-jamt-estate/
  4. Kira Domratchev at Hull & Hull LLP (in Ontario) writes about the doctrine of righteousness, the circumstances in which a concern arises where a person who is instrumental in drafting a will also is to receive a benefit under that will: https://hullandhull.com/2021/05/the-doctrine-of-righteousness-and-its-place-in-estate-litigation/
  5. Janis Ko at Onyx Law wrote about entitlement to costs in contested committeeship proceedings under the Patients Property Act, in the context of a recent decision of the B.C. Supreme Court: https://onyxlaw.ca/punitive-special-costs-in-bc-committeeship-proceedings/

Happy reading!