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Rebecca Studin

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Rebecca Studin was called to the Bar in 2009. Before joining de VRIES LITIGATION LLP, Rebecca practised estates and commercial litigation at a full-service international law firm in Toronto. Rebecca’s estates experience includes will interpretation applications, will rectification applications, solicitor’s negligence actions, and other estates and trusts matters. Rebecca obtained her law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School after earning her honours bachelor of arts degree from Glendon College, York University. Following her call to the Bar, Rebecca was selected as a Fox Scholar and spent a year training as a barrister at the Middle Temple, Inns of Court, in London, UK.

Mental Illness and Medical Assistance in Dying: Changes to the Law Coming Soon

This blog was written by Christopher Cook, student-at-law. Medical assistance in dying (“MAiD”) is yet in its infancy in Canada. It was only in 2015 that the Supreme Court of Canada struck down as unconstitutional the Criminal Code’s prohibition on physician-assisted suicide. The following year, the Parliament of Canada amended…

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Selling Shakespeare’s Portrait

In Meuse v. Taylor, 2022 ONSC 1436, the Court considered the grounds for removing an estate trustee. Facts The events giving rise to the Application involved a purported portrait of William Shakespeare painted during his lifetime. If authenticated by an interested buyer, the portrait had a potential value of USD…

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Don’t Trust a Stranger

This blog was written by Christopher Cook, student-at-law The law recognizes three ways in which a stranger to the trust (i.e., someone who is not an appointed trustee) may be liable for breach of trust. First, one may be liable as a “trustee de son tort.” This is the case…

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Estates, Mutual Funds Dealers and Conflicts of Interest

The recent decision of Marrone (Re) by the Capital Markets Tribunal (“CMT”), an independent division of the Ontario Securities Commission, provides an interesting example of the intersection between the professional conduct rules governing mutual fund dealers and estates law as it relates to conflicts of interest. The facts in Marrone…

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Undue Influence Voids a Capable Testator’s Will

In Krivokapic v. Josephe Boss, the Quebec Court of Appeal affirmed the invalidity of a capable testator’s Will that was procured through undue influence. Facts The testator, Valentin Boss, was an accomplished professor and author during his career. The testator was married for 22 years, and had one daughter, Sylvia…

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Alcohol and Drug Use Alone Do Not Negate Testamentary Capacity

In a previous post, I blogged about the case of McGrath v. Joy, where the Court held that a handwritten suicide note was invalid as the deceased lacked testamentary capacity when he wrote it due to drug and alcohol consumption. The application judge’s decision was recently overturned by Court of…

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The Sale Must Close

In a Will challenge proceeding, the Court in Lugarich v. Fabris, 2021 ONSC 7294, considered the interlocutory issue of whether to authorize the estate trustee appointed pursuant to the challenged Will to complete the sale of a residential property, or whether an estate trustee during litigation should be appointed to…

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No Signature, No Problem

In Bishop Estate v. Sheardown, 2021 BCSC 1571, the Supreme Court of British Columbia gave effect to a Will the testator had failed to execute before her death. Facts: Marilyn Bishop died in British Columbia in the summer of 2020 at the age of 76. She had a prior Will…

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Estate Trustees and Irreconcilable Conflicts

In the recent decision of Lagrandeur Estate (Re), the Court considered when an estate trustee can be ‘passed over’ due to a conflict of interest. Facts Keisha Lagrandeur (“Keisha”) died on December 6, 2019, aged 41. Keisha had two boys aged 19 and 17 with her married spouse Gaetan Lagrandeur…

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Supreme Court of Canada Unseals Sherman Estate Probate Files

On June 11, 2021, the Supreme Court of Canada released its highly anticipated decision in Sherman Estate v. Donovan. Background The facts of the case have been widely publicized. Barry and Honey Sherman, a prominent couple, were found dead in their home in December 2017. Their deaths, treated as homicides,…

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