Trust Created in Holograph Will Fails

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

A recent Court of Appeal decision from Alberta dealt with the interpretation of a holograph will.  The Court of Appeal upheld a lower court’s decision that the testator intended to create a trust but the trust failed since the objects of the trust were uncertain resulting in an intestacy.  The ...

What the Heck is the Deemed Undertaking Rule?

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

One of the best ways for a litigator to learn is to sit in open court watching other litigators suffer through embarrassing court room experiences.  In one of my early days appearing on the Estates List, I had one such experience, and the litigator’s lesson that day centred on the ...

Bozo Eruption of Secret Tapes: A Litigator’s View

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

We have been hearing a lot lately about secret audio/video footage – from late night wild rants at the Steak Queen to a pro-life liberal MP chided by a conservative sympathiser into calling Justin Trudeau’s recent stance on abortion a “bozo eruption”. If you google the words “secret taping”, a list ...