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Category: Contested wills

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Delusions and Capacity

 This Blog was written by Emily Racine, Estate and Trust Consultant with Scotia Wealth Management We all know how important it is to have a valid will. Part of that validity stems from ensuring that the testator was capable and of sound mind when he or she signed the will. …

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A Taxing Decision for Estate Planners

This Blog was written by Mélina Konzak, Estate and Trust Consultant, Scotiatrust  Like most new case law delivered right before the holiday season, the decision rendered by the Superior Court judgment of The Estate of Caron v. Malenfant appeared at first to be swept under the rug. However being the controversial…

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Revocation of Wills

In the recent case of Sokalski Estate (Re), 2019 ABQB 285, the deceased left two wills one in 2011 and the other 2017, without expressly revoking the earlier one. The estate applied to the Court for a determination regarding which document or documents form the deceased Mr. Sokalski’s last will….

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Criminals Cannot Profit From Their Crimes – Or Can They?

Criminals cannot profit from their crimes – unless they are not criminally responsible.

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Challenge Accepted: Court Challenges to Wills and Claims Against Estates

This blog was written by Isabelle Cadotte – Estate and Trust Consultant with Scotia Wealth Management As lawyers, we routinely field questions from testators about how to avoid challenges to their wills, especially where they’ve decided to leave a family member less than what they might have expected. On the…

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Costs and the Estate’s Losses

Some losses suffered by the estate due to litigation cannot be recovered.

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Can You be Removed as a Trustee Without a Replacement?

The recent case of Novak v. McDougall, (2019 SKQB 261), confirms that when you have accepted an appointment to be trustee, you may not be able to have yourself removed from that appointment without a suitable replacement. The applicant in this case, a beneficiary of a “Henson” trust (basically defined…

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Meeting the Will Challenge Threshold

Today’s blog was written by Christina Papadopoulos, an articling student with de VRIES LITIGATION LLP. What is the minimum level of evidence to be met before a court allows a will challenge to proceed? The recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision in Naismith v. Clarke, 2019 ONSC 5280 (“Naismith”)…

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Inadequate Execution of a Will led to Court Dispute

In Bayford v. Boese 2019 ONSC 5663 the deceased Mr. Boese was the sole owner of a farm in Eastern Ontario he inherited from his parents. He never married and had no children. For two decades prior to his death, Mr. Boese was assisted in the operation of the farm…

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One Will, Two Versions

Bayford v. Boese is an interesting case which serves as a reminder of the statutory requirements for due execution of a will. It also provides a thorough analysis of how judges dissect a witness’ evidence and generally determine who to ultimately believe at trial. Bruce Boese (the “Deceased”) was the…

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