Tag: Rodney Hull

05 May

Q + A with Rodney Hull – Hull on Estates Episode 161

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This week on Hull on Estates Jonathan Morse interviews Rodney Hull about his career as a lawyer. He discusses how he got started in estate litigation, how Hull and Hull was founded, how the practice of estate litigation has changed and the effect of electronic means of communicating on the practice of law.

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09 Dec

Guardianship in Canada – Hull on Estate and Succession Planning

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This week on Hull on Estate and Succession Planning, Suzana Popovic-Montag speaks with Rodney Hull about how the law has changed in Canada as it pertains to the appointment of guardians. Rodney suggests that today’s laws (post-1994) are clearer than they were in the past.

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03 Dec

The Benefits of the Family Meeting – Hull on Estate and Succession Planning #141

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Listen to The Benefits of the Family Meeting

This week on Hull on Estate and Succession Planning, Suzana Popovic-Montag speaks with Rodney Hull about the benefits of holding a family meeting to discuss estate matters while the testator is still alive. They both extend their condolences to the family of Ted Rogers, who passed away today.

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02 Dec

Rose v. Rose – Hull on Estates #139

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Listen to Rose v. Rose

This week on Hull on Estates, Rodney Hull and Jonathan Morse discuss the case of Rose v. Rose [which can be found at 24ETR(3D)217 or 81OR(3D)349]. The case is valuable and instructive as it  raises questions about rectification, rescission and removal of the trustees.

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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.

Enjoy,

Craig

24 Apr

Law Society of Upper Canada Honouring Rodney Hull Q.C.

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On April 26, 2007, The Law Society of Upper Canada will be honouring and presenting our own Rodney Hull with the Law Society Medal.

The Law Society Medal was struck in 1985 as an honour to be awarded by the Law Society of Upper Canada, the governing body of the lawyers of Ontario, to members who have made significant contributions to the profession.

The tribute is given for outstanding service within the profession whether in the area of practice or in the academic sphere or in some other professional capacity where the service is in accordance with the highest ideals of the legal profession, whether by devotion to professional duties over a long term or for a single outstanding act of service.

This honour is yet further recognition of Rodney’s distinguished career, which has included service to his profession on so many fronts.

He has been a lecturer at the Ontario Bar Admission Course and at Law Society of Upper Canada, Canadian Bar Association and Canadian Tax Foundation programs. He has also made extensive contributions to academic and professional journals in Canada. He is also the author of two standard reference texts.

Rodney was called to the Bar in 1957 and appointed a Q.C. in 1969. Aside from being a certified specialist in Civil Litigation, he is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and an Academician, The International Academy of Estates and Trust Law.

Rodney was also awarded the Ontario Bar Association Award of Excellence for Estates and Trusts in 2005.

Congratulations Rodney, the firm is very proud of you and your many outstanding accomplishments.

Craig

15 Jan

Leaders in the Legal Profession

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Wolfe Goodman, Q.C., one of the foremost minds in Canadian Estates and Trusts law, recently passed away. Mr. Goodman’s accomplishments and impact were briefly described in the most recent issue of the OBA’s Briefly Speaking.

I did not know Mr. Goodman personally, but the loss of someone like him is nevertheless cause for reflection on the vital role senior lawyers play in the profession. I was blessed early on in my career to work for Melville O’Donohue, Q.C., a lawyer of some fifty years worth of experience. The practice habits I picked up from Mr. O’Donohue were invaluable and, I can only hope, long-lasting.

I suspect that literally thousands of lawyers would say similar things about Mr. Goodman.

An example closer to home is Rodney Hull, Q.C., Hull & Hull’s co-founder and likely the most accomplished estate litigator in the Province of Ontario during the last half-century. I can often get a better answer to a question after two minutes with Rodney than 5 hours of research in the library would get me.

Knowledge, judgment and experience are the probably the most valuable assets a lawyer can possess, and the most difficult to obtain, which makes lawyers like Mr. Goodman priceless and irreplaceable to the profession, and, by extension, the public as well.

Thanks for reading.

Sean Graham

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