He said, she said, hearsay

by: , July 31, 2023

The basic rule of evidence is that all relevant evidence is admissible. However, there are exceptions to this basic rule. One of the main exceptions is the rule against hearsay. But what exactly is hearsay? Today’s blog post will be a very basic overview of a complicated, tricky legal concept. What is hearsay? In R….read more

(In)Capacity to instruct counsel

by: , July 25, 2023

July 25, 2023 In the world of estate litigation, an issue that frequently arises is the capacity of an elderly individual to create a will or execute a power of attorney. As is widely known, there are different levels of capacity required for an individual to carry out different tasks; the highest level of capacity…read more

Keeping Things Informal

by: , July 17, 2023

An estate trustee has an ongoing duty to keep track of funds coming into and flowing out of an estate, and to keep beneficiaries reasonably apprised. Unfortunately, in estate litigation, we are often confronted with cases wherein estate trustees fail to advise the beneficiaries of the financial activity in an estate. As such, it is…read more

Court Approval of a Settlement – A Refresher

by: , July 11, 2023

There are many reasons parties may settle a lawsuit: a settlement mitigates the risks of losing in court, and puts an end to the emotional and financial drain of litigation. If all the parties to the litigation are capable adults, there is no barrier to reaching (and implementing) a settlement: once the settlement agreement is…read more

Who Gets Appointed as Estate Trustee During Litigation

by: , July 3, 2023

An Estate Trustee During Litigation (“ETDL”) is an individual appointed by the Court to administer an estate (other than distributing the residue of the estate) while the estate is in litigation. The Court has authority to appoint an ETDL under s. 28 of the Estates Act or rule 75.06(3)(f) of the Rules of Civil Procedure….read more