Archive for the ‘Estate Litigation’ Category

How to Get Other Pockets to the Table: Adding Parties And Dependant’s Support

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Can individuals who may have an obligation to support a person making a dependant's support claim against an estate be added as parties to the support claim? That was the question before the court in Brash v. Zyma. The short answer? Yes. In 2012, Charles Douglas Brash died. At the time ...

POWERS OF ATTORNEY AND ALTER EGO TRUSTS

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

My fellow bloggers and I have written in the past about the ins and outs of legitimate probate fee avoidance arrangements available to a testator. These arrangements include an intervivos transfer of assets such as alter-ego trusts. Care and advice must be taken to ensure that the transfer of assets ...

Is it appropriate for counsel to review an expert’s draft report?

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

 A recent judgment from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Moore v Getahun, 2014 ONSC 237) has opined on the long-time practice whereby experts submit a draft report to counsel for review.  The court referenced Rule 53.03 of the Rules of Civil Procedure, which is designed to ensure that the ...