Seymour Hoffman’s will

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Seymour Hoffman passed away in early February this year.  He was a famous movie star who had not updated his will since October 2004. The October 2004 will left the bulk of his estate to his then partner he was living with Marianne O’Donnell.  At the time he also had a ...

The ‘ex turpi causa non oritur action’ doctrine

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

In Jaworenko Estate (Re) the deceased died from a head injury caused by a motor vehicle accident in which the respondent was driving.  The deceased and respondent were in a relationship.  They were having an argument.   The deceased got out of the car and when the respondent pulled away the ...

Bentley v. Maplewood Seniors Care Society

Monday, February 24th, 2014

A recent case in BC examines capacity and prior capable wishes regarding nourishment and liquids. Margaret Bentley is 82 and has advanced Alzheimer’s.  She is in a care facility and is spoon fed all of her meals. This case centres on whether Ms. Bentley has the capacity to consent to ...