How Long Do You Have to Bring a Will Challenge?

by: , March 26, 2024

In Ontario, most legal claims are subject to the basic two-year limitation period set out in Section 4 of the Limitations Act, 2002, SO 2002, c 24, Sch B (the “Limitations Act”).  This basic limitation period requires legal claims to be brought within two years of the day on which the claim is first discovered….read more

Replacing an Estate Trustee

by: , March 19, 2024

Overview In some cases, an estate trustee (“ET”) has been appointed, but needs to be replaced before the estate administration is complete. This can occur for a variety of reasons: the ET becomes unable or unwilling to continue acting for the estate,  the ET is removed by the Court in the course of litigation, or…read more

Can Estate Trustees Keep a Holdbacks for Legal Fees?

by: , March 12, 2024

Right to Indemnification of Legal Fees Section 23.1 of the Trustee Act, RSO 1990, c T.23 confirms that estate trustees are entitled to be indemnified for the legitimate costs of carrying out their duties. In other words, estate trustees should not have bear the costs of the estate administration. This includes an estate trustee’s legal…read more

The Scope of Cross-Examination on an Interlocutory Motion

by: , March 4, 2024

A deponent or affiant may be cross-examined on their affidavit sworn in support of or in response to a motion.  If a question on cross-examination is not answered, then it will be deemed a refusal.  The examining party may bring a refusals motion to compel answers to the refused questions should they be maintained.  Sometimes…read more