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Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 2:47 PM

INTERESTS IN LAND - Proprietary estoppel claims

Appeal by Cowper-Smith from a judgment of the British Columbia Court of Appeal which overturned the trial judge’s conclusion that he was entitled to purchase his sister’s interest in their mother’s house on the basis of proprietary estoppel. ... [read more]

Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 9:22 AM

Mediation of estate disputes is one of the best ways to encourage settlement Mediation

Mediation in estate disputes has been mandatory in parts of Ontario since 2002. In 2016, the Rules of Civil Procedure were amended to provide judges with authority on their own initiative to order mediation in jurisdictions that do not have mandatory mediation. ... [read more]

Friday, December 08, 2017 @ 11:52 AM

BLG partner elected to American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

Peter A Wong, a partner in the tax group of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s Vancouver office, has been elected as an international fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 3:21 PM

New partner for Dentons’ Toronto office

Nicole Woodward has joined Dentons Canada LLP as a partner in the tax group and as a member of the firm’s trusts, estates and wealth preservation group. ... [read more]

Monday, December 04, 2017 @ 10:48 AM

Ambiguity about end-of-life wishes can lead to conflict among decision-makers Living will

When drawing up a health care directive, clients often want to include a general clause leaving it up to their appointed decision-maker to determine whether care should be withdrawn. While generality does serve a purpose, as it is impossible to foresee every possible scenario, three cases illustrate how clarity is often preferable. ... [read more]

Friday, December 01, 2017 @ 11:56 AM

McLeod Law adds wills and estates associate

Beverly Mendoza is the newest associate at McLeod Law LLP, even though she’s not new to the Calgary firm. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 @ 10:38 AM

Ontario court allows parent charity to change its governance structure

A recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision highlights the importance of following corporate procedure, as well as judicial reluctance to interfere in board decisions made in accordance with a charitable corporation’s internal documents. ... [read more]

Monday, November 27, 2017 @ 9:35 AM

Pro Bono Ontario offers free legal advice over phone Pro Bono Ontario Hotline

After being in a soft-launch mode for 10 weeks, Pro Bono Ontario has officially launched its Free Legal Advice Hotline. ... [read more]

Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 8:44 AM

Judges urge changes to speed up discovery process, adopt technology Fred_Myers_and_Andrew_Peck

Judges on both sides of the Canada-United States border want to see more efficient discovery processes and more use of predictive coding/technology assisted review (TAR). ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 11:06 AM

Make a Will Month provides an annual checkup for lawyers and the public Estate planning

According to a 2012 survey conducted by lawyers’ insurance company LawPRO, 56 per cent of Canadian adults do not have a signed will and 71 per cent do not have a signed power of attorney. The Ontario Bar Association hopes to tackle this issue during its public outreach campaign in November. ... [read more]