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Ontario Court of Appeal decision clarifies ‘rule of convenience’ in estate dispute

Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 9:46 AM | By Amanda Jerome

In an estate dispute over farmland and interest on legacies the Ontario Court of Appeal has clarified the use of the “rule of convenience” in a decision counsel says stresses the importance of estate trustees to act promptly in administrating an estate.  

In Rivard v. Morris 2018 ONCA 181, the court heard that Alexander Rivard had accumulated appreciable farmland during his lifetime. He’d given his son, Steven Rivard, the respondent, a significant piece of land in a will executed on Aug. 1, 2013. In that...