Common Law Relationships and Property Rights

In today’s modern society, more and more couples are choosing to live together before getting married. Many couples are choosing not to get married at all, but instead are happy living together permanently without feeling the need to “tie the knot”. Perhaps you are part of one of these couples, or perhaps you know someone

Can Racism or Discrimination Invoke The Public Policy Discretion to Set-Aside a Will?

In the appellate decision, Spence v BMO Trust Company, 2016 ONCA 196, the Ontario Court of Appeal considered whether the lower court erred in interfering with the testamentary freedom of a Testator by exercising its discretionary public policy powers. In this case, the Testator, Rector Emmanuel Spence, executed a Will which disinherited his daughter Verolin, and grandson