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 ...

You Can’t Have It All: Hybrid Trials, Limited Discovery, and Modest Estates

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Lorraine Coombs died on April 27, 2012, leaving an estate worth approximately $756,249.00.  Her Last Will and Testament left her house and the residue of her estate to one of her four daughters, Susan Coombs (“Susan”).  Two of her other daughters, Diane Fergueson (“Diane”) and Charlene Coombs (“Charlene”), each ...

Costs and Proportionality: Marcus v. Cochrane 2014 ONCA 207

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

The Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision in Marcus v. Cochrane (released March 20, 2014) provides a clear statement of the court's willingness to take a hard look at the proportionality of costs awards, and reduce costs substantially, if necessary. The appeal arose out of a claim that Louise Marcus (“Marcus”) brought ...