Justin de Vries Archive

Email: jdevries@devrieslitigation.com

Site: http://www.devrieslitigation.com

About: Justin has been consistently named as one of the Best Lawyers in Canada/Trusts & Estates. He is an accomplished litigator who has appeared before all levels of the Ontario Court & the Federal Court of Canada. Justin's areas of expertise include: estate, trust, and capacity litigation, as well as probate applications and estate administration. He regularly speaks on estate, trust and capacity issues.


The Sorry State of Civil Trials in Ontario

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

The length and cost of civil trials is an ongoing and significant problem in Ontario. Chief Justice Strathy of the Court of Appeal has warned: “Our justice system has become so cumbersome and expensive that it is inaccessible to many of our own citizens.” Access to justice is an issue ...

An Unregistered Transfer of Property Can Be Valid

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

A recent decision in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice held that a deed of transfer of land can still be valid even if the deed wasn’t registered until after the transferor died. In the case, Sproul Estate v. Sproul, the testatrix, Ann Sproul, had purchased a house in 1989 with ...

Testamentary Freedom and Public Policy: Spence v. BMO Trust Co.

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Today’s post is written by guest blogger Adam Parachin, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Western Ontario. In a post last summer I commented on a controversial case, McCorkill v Streed 2014 NBQB 148 (CanLII), in which Justice Grant of the New Brunswick Court of Queen's Bench took the highly ...