Tag: Brian Schnurr

06 Jun

Ode to Brian at the OBA Trusts & Estates Section Year End Dinner

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In Paul Trudelle’s blog of May 31, 2007, Paul commented on the tribute to Brian Schnurr at the Ontario Bar Association Trusts & Estates Section Year End Dinner held on May 30, 2007.  At the Dinner, Brian received the OBA’s Award of Excellence for Trusts & Estates.

Aside from speeches regaling and praising Brian’s accomplishments there was also a surprise tribute written by Rodney Hull Q.C. LSM (with apologies to Gilbert and Sullivan) which was sung by Duncan Miller:


He is the very model of a Chancery practitioner
And knows the subtle difference ‘twixt respondent and petitioner
As well he knows that naught with wills is elementary
Except it’s clear that intention must be testamentary
He draws his wills in language incomprehensible
And fobs them off on clients as meaningful and sensible
Although his fees are oft described in terms such as rapacious
They are always paid on time with thanks from clients most gracious
He knows as well to draft his wills with very great acuity
He also knows to stay away from gifts in perpetuity
Unless of course the wish is to benefit some charity
In which case he must specify intent with greater clarity
With words he often tends to convolute
To change a gift from contingent to absolute
At home of little else they talk but the rule in Browne and Moody
To do otherwise it would be a breach of his clear duty
Interpretation of his wills he leaves for the courts to unravel
Which provides an ample and extensive fund for his extensive travel

Duncan did a very charming job of bringing the verse to life and capping a wonderful evening.



31 May

Brian Schnurr: Award of Excellence in Trusts and Estates

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The Ontario Bar Association’s Trust and Estates Section Year End Dinner was held on Wednesday May 30, 2007. During the well-attended event, the Award for Excellence in Trusts and Estates was presented to Brian Schnurr.

Mr. Schnurr exemplifies the highest standards of an estate practitioner, and many spoke of his dedication to the law, and his remarkable career.

I wrote to the selection committee in support of Mr. Schnurr’s nomination. The following is an excerpt:

I write to support the nomination of Brian Schnurr as the recipient of the Award of Excellence in Trusts and Estates, as nominated by Rodney Hull.

Prior to joining the Estates Bar, and though I did not practice in the area, I was aware of Mr. Schnurr’s reputation as a leader in the field of Estate litigation.

Upon joining the Estates Bar, I have come to know Mr. Schnurr professionally, and have had a number of files where Mr. Schnurr was involved as counsel. I have come to know that his reputation for excellence is well deserved. He practices according to the highest standards: his breadth of knowledge is vast: and his professionalism is remarkable.

In addition to knowing him in a professional context, I have learned that he is a selfless individual, dedicating significant hours to professional development.

Mr. Schnurr is clearly a leader in the area of Trusts and Estates, and represents the qualities of excellence that we should all strive to achieve.

The award to Brian Schnurr is well deserved. Congratulations.

Paul Trudelle

27 Apr

OBA Trusts and Estates Section Year End Dinner

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The Ontario Bar Association (OBA), Trusts and Estates Section, year end dinner is taking place on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 in the Imperial Room at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto. The Reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Corina Weigl, the Chair of the Section, will bring the past year to a close as well as proceed with the election of the OBA, Trusts and Estates Section Executive for the 2007/2008 year. The Section will also pay tribute to this year’s recipient of the Award for Excellence in Trusts and Estates, Brian Schnurr.

The Award for Excellence was created to recognize exceptional contributions and achievements by members of the OBA to the area of trusts and estates.

The criteria for the award is demonstrated leadership in the trusts and estates bar through knowledge, experience, skill, commitment, passion and strength of character, plus all or some of the following:

• academic excellence through teaching at the Bar Admission Course, lecturing at a law school, participating in Continuing Legal Education and/or academic writing;

• participation in the OBA Trusts and Estates Section Executive or the Law Society of Upper Canada on wills, trusts and estate matters; and

• contribution to the development of wills, trusts and estate law.

Brian’s distinguished and esteemed career has included his unwavering commitment to, as well as the achievement of, excellence in these areas.

In addition to the Award for Excellence, the Widdifield Award and the Hoffstein Book Prize will be presented.

For more information, please contact Peter Guennel, OBA Sections Co-ordinator, at (416) 869 1047, ext 340, or by email at award@oba.org or by visiting online.




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