Tag: probate practice

01 Sep

Feeney’s Canadian Law of Wills, 4th Edition

Doreen So Capacity, Continuing Legal Education, Estate & Trust, Executors and Trustees, General Interest, Trustees, Wills Tags: , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

I was reminded today by this insightful article by Bryan A. Garner, titled “10 Tips for Better Legal Writing”, that secondary sources are an important component of legal research.

In addition to the 5th edition of Probate Practice, Ian M. Hull and Suzana Popovic-Montag are also co-authors of the 4th edition of Feeney’s Canadian Law of Wills, along with James MacKenzie. Both of which were recently released.

The 4th edition of Feeney’s provides a straightforward commentary on the existing probate and estate administration regimes, in addition to in depth commentary on the applicable case law.  The 4th edition of Feeney’s is a resource that draws from statute and case law across all provinces of this country as well as the Commonwealth and the U.S.

As an example, the 4th edition of Feeney’s was recently cited in Vanier v. Vanier, 2016 ONSC 4620, for the following summary of the law on undue influence (at paragraph 10),

“In general, to establish undue influence, the burden of proof rests with the party alleging it.  The extent of the influence must amount to coercion; simple influence is not enough.  The testator’s free will must be overborne.  Put another way, it is not improper for any potential beneficiary to attempt to influence the decision of the testator provided the pleading does not amount to coercion and the latter continues to act as a free agent.  “Some begging is permissible.”  See Feeney’s Canadian Law of Wills, 4th at 3.10 to 3.14; Hall v. Hall (1868), L.R. 1 P. & D. 481.”

All 18 chapters of this loose-leaf are available for purchase here at the LexisNexis Online Store.

Thanks for reading.

Doreen So



26 Aug

A Different Kind of Estate Legacy – Twenty Years in the Making!

Natalia R. Angelini Estate & Trust, Estate Planning, Executors and Trustees, General Interest, Trustees, Wills Tags: , 0 Comments

The 5th edition of the leading text in estates and trusts practice, Probate Practice, has recently been released.  This edition is co-authored by Hull & Hull LLP’s co-founder, Ian M. Hull and managing partner, Suzana Popovic-Montag.


This practical guide to estate administration in Ontario has a long and celebrated history, with its first publication in 1953 by its original authors, The Honourable Ian Macdonell and Terence Sheard, Q.C.  It has been two decades since the last publication, with this new edition reflecting significant changes in the law, including several impactful court decisions on the issues of dependant support, multiple wills and holograph instruments.  The 5th edition also modernizes the text, removing references to decisions embodying outdated attitudes to family relationships.

Regrettably, Rodney Hull, Q.C. LSM, an author of the last edition, passed away in 2009.  His legacy continues with this new work.  The Honourable Maurice Cullity, Q.C., a co-author of a prior edition also shares in this proud accomplishment.

For those who are interested in purchasing The 5th edition of Probate Practice the book is available on the Carswell website.

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend,

Natalia Angelini


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