Mickey Rooney’s Estate and Shedding Light on Financial Elder Abuse

Friday, April 11th, 2014

It is not surprising that Mickey Rooney's estate may become embroiled in litigation.  Mr. Rooney was married nine times; he was survived by a number of children and stepchildren, and was estranged from his current wife at the time of his death.  Such full lives often lead to complicated estates. More ...

Salvador Dali, Melting Clocks, Financial Incapacity, and the Removal of an Attorney for Property!

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

In 1994, Mary McMaster granted a general power of attorney to her two sons, Graeme and Malcolm. She was a wealthy woman and in good health for many years. Malcolm was the de facto manager of Mary’s assets who engaged in various investments schemes to the ultimate detriment of his ...

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 ...