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22 May

A Good Rule of Thumb

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What he doth, he doth by rule of thumb, and not by art.

             Sir William Hope.  Page 157 of The Compleat Fencing-Master, 1692

And therein lies the earliest known citation of the phrase ‘rule of thumb’, defined by Wikipedia as a ‘principle with broad application that is not intended to be strictly accurate for every situation’.

There are, interestingly, numerous conflicting accounts regarding the origin of the phrase:

  • Although it has been said to derive from the belief that English law in the late 1700s allowed a man to beat his wife with a switch as long as it was no thicker than his thumb, the ‘rule of thumb’ has actually never been the law in England and this theory has been fully discredited as nothing more than rumour and hoax.  Even The Bias-Free Word Finder, regarded as the bible of politically correct language, considers this origin implausible.
  • In the days before thermometers, brewmasters were said to have often gauged the temperature of a batch of wort by dipping a thumb in the brew.
  • The Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins indicates that the phrase stems from the ancient use of the last phalange of the thumb of an average adult male as a measuring device for roughly one inch.

Now put that ruler away and get back to work.

David M. Smith

 

25 Mar

Madore-Ogilvie vs. Ogilvie Estate – Hull on Estates #103

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Listen to Madore-Ogilvie vs. Ogilvie Estate.

This week on Hull on Estates, Rick and Sean discuss the case of Madore-Ogilvie vs. Ogilvie Estate which was recently featured in the CCH periodical Will Power.

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19 Feb

Accounting Procedure Available Under the Substitute Decisions Act – Hull on Estates #98

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Listen to Accounting Procedure Available Under the Substitution Decisions Act.

This week on Hull on Estates, Rick and David discuss procedure under the Substitution Decisions Act and review executor and attorney obligations as well as specific procedures permitting someone to compel an accounting.

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30 Jan

Tips and Traps in Drafting – Hull on Estates #95

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Listen to Tips and Trips in Drafting.

This week on Hull on Estates, Suzana and Ian discuss tips and traps in the drafting of wills.

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06 Nov

Deferring Tax on Capital Gains – Hull on Estates and Succession Planning Podcast #85

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Listen to Deferring Tax on Capital Gains

This week on Hull on Estates and Succession Planning, Ian and Suzana continue their discussion about rolling assets into Trusts and issues surrounding deferring tax on Capital Gains.

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30 Oct

Rolling Assets Into Trust – Hull on Estate and Sucession Planning Podcast #84

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Listen to Episode 84 – Rolling Assets Into Trust
This week on Hull on Estate and Succession Planning, Ian and Suzana further last week’s discussion on trusts and tax planning wills by illustrating the benefits of rolling over assets and being conscious of tainted trusts.

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