We don’t like worrying about the future. We don’t want to think about what happens to our house or money after we’re gone. But what about our loved ones? Our loved ones will have enough to worry about.  If the worst happens, we can make life easier for them by planning ahead. We have practiced estate law for years. […]Continue reading

I was recently  involved in a case where the court awarded costs for “unbundled legal services” to a self-represented litigant.  The case is Jordan v. Stewart.  The decision on the issue of costs is set out in supplementary reasons. After succeeding at trial, the court allowed the acting in person mother her costs of $90,000.00. […]Continue reading

Same sex couples from abroad who have married in Ontario face a one year residency requirement before seeking a divorce in the Province.  Under Canada’s Divorce Act, an applicant must meet a residency requirement of one year in the Province in which before the remedy is requested. The issue has been challenged in the Courts.

In Gagne v. Gagne, the Court of Appeal set aside the trial judge’s decision and made its own child and spousal support order after finding that the trial judge had failed to determine the support payor’s income.  As a result there was no basis in his decision for the amounts ordered. The Court of Appeal […]Continue reading