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World Cup Over: Spanish, Employers Rejoice

Posted in News & Events
While returning to the office after a meeting Wednesday afternoon, I couldn’t help but notice how many people were watching the Spanish defeat the Germans on the giant movie projectors set up in Toronto’s underground labyrinth (for non-Torontonians: the major downtown subway stops, shopping centers and towers are connected by an underground network of tunnels and food … Continue Reading

“Dead Weight” or “Dead Air” – not sure which play on words is more apt in this case…

Posted in News & Events
The Sunday Times recently reported that two women were arrested for trying to push a dead relative strapped to a wheelchair onto a flight leaving out of Liverpool John Lennon Airport.  The charge – suspicion of failing to give notification of a death. Police were apparently called when staff at the check-in desk became suspicious about … Continue Reading

New Rules of Court for Ontario

Posted in Continuing Legal Education, Estate & Trust, Litigation, New Years Resolutions, News & Events
  As all litigators in the province of Ontario likely know by now, January 1, 2010 ushers in not only a new decade but New Rules of Civil Procedure. The New Rules apply to all matters, regardless of when they were commenced. The amendments to the Rules effected by Ont. Reg. 438/08 are the most extensive … Continue Reading

Changes to British Columbia’s Wills, Estates and Succession Legislation

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British Columbia’s new Wills, Estates and Succession Act received Royal Assent on October 29, 2009. This new Act is a comprehensive statute designed to modernize and streamline the making of Wills and the administering of estates in British Columbia.  Changes will include: Introducing a simplified procedure for administering small estates; Using the term “will-maker” instead of … Continue Reading

Lexpert Zenith Awards

Posted in News & Events
Last week Lexpert held the inaugural event for its Zenith Awards Celebrating Leading Women Lawyers. In a room sparkling with cool acrylic chairs and brilliant crystal chandeliers, brighter still shone the accomplishments of the 23 extraordinary women who were honoured for their outstanding achievement in the legal profession. Click here to see the list of … Continue Reading

Verdict in Astor Estate Criminal Case

Posted in News & Events
The 85 year old son of New York socialite, Brooke Astor was convicted yesterday of grand larceny and scheming to fraud. For a background to the proceedings, click here and here. After a 5 month trial and 12 days of jury deliberations, Anthony D. Marshall was found guilty of 14 charges, including giving himself a … Continue Reading

Dying With Dignity

Posted in News & Events
In a captivating article authored by Kent Sepkowitz, an infectious-disease specialist at a Cancer Center in New York City, he recounts the practical difficulties when someone dies at home – doing it yourself can be thorny and chaotic without the administrative help of Hospitals. Specifically, when someone dies at home, a licensed professional must determine … Continue Reading

On the Big Screen: Challenging Dr. Barnes’ Wishes

Posted in Estate & Trust, In the News, Litigation, News & Events
The Toronto International Film Festival brought stars to town and brought an estate issue into focus. The Art of the Steal  received accolades as a “thrilling whodunit” about the world-renowned Barnes art collection, valued in the “billions and billions.” Dr. Albert Barnes assembled art in the twenties and housed it in the suburb of Merion, Pennsylvania. … Continue Reading

Chai Tikvah Foundation

Posted in Litigation, News & Events
On Tuesday, I spoke to a wonderful group at the Chai Tikvah Foundation on the topic of estate planning and providing for a disabled beneficiary. “Chai Tikvah” means “life” and “hope”.  The Chai Tikvah Foundation provides housing, support and education to psychiatrically challenged adults in Jewish residential settings to enable them to lead more productive … Continue Reading

Lord Beaverbrook’s Legacy

Posted in News & Events
A lengthy battle over ownership of 85 valuable works of art has ended recently, with a Canadian art gallery being allowed to keep the majority of the works. As reported in the Toronto Star and the National Post, an appeal from a 2007 arbitrator’s decision (former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Peter Cory) was dismissed. … Continue Reading

Leaving a Legacy

Posted in News & Events
A good friend of mine recently reminded me that death is not just about dividing up the spoils (a common theme in estate litigation), but also about remembering the lasting contributions made by a person during their lifetime. I was reminded of this in reading about the recent deaths of two well-known figures, Donald Marshall and … Continue Reading

What’s the Password?

Posted in Litigation, News & Events
Probably “123456”. No? Try “password”, or some variation of it. Our heads are becoming jammed with passwords. Almost every website service we visit requires a password.  A few diverse posts that I have come across have looked at password usage.  In one study, which lists the 500 most popular passwords, reported here, the top 4 most common passwords … Continue Reading

Obituary TV

Posted in Litigation, News & Events
On February 26, 2009, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (“CRTC”) approved an application for a French-language specialty programming service that would be dedicated to the broadcast of obituary notices, notices of hospitalization and messages of thanks and prayers. The channel, called “Je me souviens”, will also air documentaries on the life of popular or important … Continue Reading

The Death of a Barrister

Posted in Estate & Trust, Hull on Estates, Hull on Estates, Litigation, News & Events, Trustees
The British lawyer and author, John Mortimer, died on January 16, 2009. During his 85 years he produced more than 50 novels, biographies and memoirs. Of course he was best known for the creation of Rumpole of the Bailey. Mr. Mortimer had an active professional life, and by many accounts, an active private life as well. He was first … Continue Reading

Looking Forward to 2009

Posted in Estate Planning, News & Events
I hope everyone is having great holiday season. With the close of 2008, we turn and look to the promise of 2009. In looking ahead to 2009 many may wonder if they have properly protected and provided for those they intend to protect should something unexpected happen to them. Questions may also arise regarding whether a … Continue Reading

Trust Law and Zebra Mussels

Posted in Estate & Trust, Litigation, New Media Observations, News & Events
In the wee hours of Saturday night, on my umpteenth flight back from Asia this year, I couldn’t help but ponder two things.  First, the recent collapse of the U.S./global financial system and greater economy compares poorly to what I have witnessed in Asia for years now.  But we still have the relative advantage of trust law to … Continue Reading

Charles Dubin – The passing of a Legal Legend

Posted in News & Events
It was with considerable sadness that the legal community marked the passing of Charles Dubin last week. In its obituary, The Toronto Star called him "a legal giant" and a "national icon" and it was not alone. Charles Dubin was widely acknowledged as possessing a keen legal mind. He was also a superlative lawyer and an outstanding judge. He … Continue Reading
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