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Friday, February 15, 2019 @ 8:43 AM

EXECUTORS AND ADMINISTRATORS - Actions by

Application by the administrator of Johnson’s estate for directions on the payment of legal fees following the settlement of the estate’s fatal accidents claim. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 14, 2019 @ 8:34 AM

Multijurisdictional and separate situs estate planning: Wills global_houses_sm

Our clients are increasingly mobile and often have connections to multiple jurisdictions. ... [read more]

Friday, February 08, 2019 @ 9:19 AM

Alive and well: Construction Lien Act deemed trust after bankruptcy broken_dollar_sm

A five-judge panel of the Court of Appeal for Ontario has upset long-standing conventional wisdom among bankruptcy and insolvency practitioners in Ontario about the fate of provincially created statutory trusts in bankruptcy. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 07, 2019 @ 12:37 PM

Aird & Berlis names three new partners

Aird & Berlis LLP announced that Meghan Cowan, Marni Pernica and Vedran Simkic have become partners of the firm. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 07, 2019 @ 12:35 PM

Blaney McMurtry promotes four associates to partner

Blaney McMurtry LLP announced that four associates have become partners of the firm. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 07, 2019 @ 9:51 AM

Chief Justice Wagner improves public communication, brings new ideas, change to top court, CJC and NJI TLD Exclusive

Richard Wagner, Canada’s reform-minded top judge, has already overseen changes at the three major legal institutions he leads — the Supreme Court of Canada, the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC), and the National Judicial Institute (NJI) — and there are more changes to come, he advises in a wide-ranging exclusive interview. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 05, 2019 @ 8:33 AM

CIVIL PROCEDURE - Electronic discovery and production - Cost allocation

Motion by the plaintiff HL Medjuck for an order appointing a referee to determine the privileged status of the contents of hard drives in the defendants' possession. ... [read more]

Friday, February 01, 2019 @ 9:26 AM

Multijurisdictional and separate situs estate planning global_houses_sm

Our clients are increasingly mobile and often have connections to multiple jurisdictions. This mobility often entails property ownership in a foreign jurisdiction — clients retain property in their country of origin after they become resident in another jurisdiction or Canadian residents purchase vacation homes in other locations or inherit property abroad. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 31, 2019 @ 1:12 PM

Cox & Palmer names seven new partners at four offices

Cox & Palmer announced that Geoff Breen (Halifax), Cindy Cameron (Summerside, P.E.I.), Matt Dorreen (Halifax), Steve Forbes (Charlottetown), Richard Norman (Halifax), Nick Ouellette (Saint John) and Mohammad Ali Raza (Halifax) have been named partners. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 31, 2019 @ 12:40 PM

Successful Milne decision appeal a comfort to estate law practitioners wills_looking_sm

The Divisional Court released its decision on the Milne appeal on Jan. 24, 2019, (Milne Estate (Re) 2019 ONSC 579). The court asserted that the premise upon which the application judge’s decision was based — namely that “a will is a form of trust” — is not correct as a matter of law. The court observed that a will may contain a trust, but that this is not a requirement for a valid will. Instead, a will is simply an instrument which, subject to certain formalities of execution, provides for the disposition of a person’s property on death. ... [read more]