Reasons Why an Estate Plan Can Go Awry

January 8, 2009 by  
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This week on Hull on Estate and Succession Planning, Ian M. Hull LL.B. and Suzana Popovic-Montag LL.B. discuss the reasons why an estate plan can go awry and how to address these issues. The reasons include the concept of an acrimonious extended family member, intransigent family members, making sure you have properly drafted documents and […]

Denying a Benefit = Protecting the Client

August 24, 2007 by  
Category: Estate Law

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While researching yesterday’s blog on the Brooke Astor estate, I stumbled upon a number of legal blogs on the Astor guardianship dispute. Several of these including this one noted that the lawyer for Astor had come under scrutiny during the guardianship dispute. The issue was whether the lawyer himself played a role in unduly influencing […]

When is Estate Litigation Newsworthy?

August 23, 2007 by  
Category: Estate Law

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The recent death of socialite Brooke Astor at the age of 105 has created a media circus in New York City. Variously described as a “civic leader”, “philanthropist” and “high society fixture,” Astor was often quoted as coining the phrase “money is like manure, it should be spread around.” And Astor had a lot to […]

Luck of the Irish?

August 22, 2007 by  
Category: Estate Law

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Every so often, a case comes before the Court which seems to clearly captivate the presiding judge, has historical resonance, and just makes for interesting reading. Re Connolly Estate (2007) 31 E.T.R. (3d) 81, a decision of the Prince Edward Island Trial Division, is such a case. Here, Justice D.H. Jenkins considered the interpretation of […]

Musings on Executor's Compensation

July 9, 2007 by  
Category: Estate Law

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While it may understandably seem that the issue of executor’s compensation has been considered ad nauseum by the estates bar, every case seems to present something unique in its fact situation that will give the Court pause to consider the appropriate quantum. Take, for instance, the recent (April 23, 2007) case of O’Sullivan v. O’Sullivan […]