Renounce, Remove, or Pass Over – What’s the Difference?

by: , April 30, 2024

Not everyone is well suited or willing to act as an estate trustee – the job can be onerous and family dynamics can make it especially challenging. As a result, the person named as an estate trustee in a will, or who has the first right to act as estate trustee under the Estates Act,…read more

Litigation en Français

by: , April 22, 2024

Under the Courts of Justice Act, the official languages of the courts of Ontario are English and French.[1] A party to a proceeding who speaks French has the right to require that it be conducted as a bilingual proceeding, meaning: – The hearings that the party specifies shall be presided over by a judge or…read more

Orders for Contempt – Who, What, Where and How?

by: , April 8, 2024

The notion of having an individual cited or declared in contempt of Court is something litigants may hear about, but the nuances of obtaining a contempt order are worth reviewing. Generally, a motion for contempt may be brought when a person has failed to comply with the terms of a Court order. In particular, Rule…read more

Duties of a Guardian and Attorney – Who is a “Supportive” Family Member of Friend?

by: , April 1, 2024

When a person is acting as a guardian (of property or of the person) or an attorney (for personal care or for property), there are many duties that they must observe and comply with as set out in the Substitute Decisions Act, 1992, S.O. 1992, c. 30 (“SDA”). Acting in accordance with these duties is…read more