Court of Appeal Confirms New Approach to Costs in Estate Litigation

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

In a recent court of appeal decision, the court upheld the trial judge's costs award and reiterated the deference allotted to trial judges when exercising discretion to fix costs. In Prelorentzos v. Havaris, the court dismissed the appellant's appeal.  At trial, the appellant was found to be the deceased's common law ...

Court Guidelines for Physician Assisted Death

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

In a landmark ruling in February 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) struck down the Criminal Code provisions prohibiting physician assisted suicide.  The SCC held that a competent adult who (1) clearly consents to the termination of life, and (2) has “a grievous and irremediable medical condition (including an ...