Ian Hull

Ian Hull
FIRM:
Hull & Hull LLP
POSITION:
Founding Partner
AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Estates & Wills & Trusts, Mediation
PHONE:

Co-founder of the Toronto firm Hull & Hull LLP with his father Rodney, Ian Hull practises in the areas of estates, trusts, capacity and fiduciary litigation. He also maintains a mediation practice through Hull Estate Mediation Inc.

Mr. Hull was called to the Ontario Bar in 1990 after receiving an LL.B from the University of Windsor and an Honours B.A. from the University of Western Ontario. A certified specialist in estates and trusts law and civil litigation, Mr. Hull is also a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

A lecturer at the Ontario Bar Admission Course and a guest lecturer for the Canadian Bar Association and the Law Society of Ontario, Mr. Hull is also the author of numerous articles and books on estate law.

Ian Hull Posts

Sleeper trains: nostalgia for something we may never have done

By Ian Hull When was the last time you slept (lying down) on a train? Or a better question: have you ever slept lying down on a train? Read more

Four things I don’t understand — and four shocking answers

By Ian Hull Answers to every question are now online. But often, a question pops into our head only to vanish quickly from our thoughts when the triggering moment disappears. And we forget to look up the answer later. Read more

Laugh at death (on us)

By Ian Hull . During the past Halloween season, I couldn’t help laughing as I drove by a home in the country that had a very realistic looking, life-sized grim reaper on the front porch. The juxtaposition of decorative corn stalks and an inviting veranda with this figure of death looming over the doorway showed that someone inside had a very funny (but dark) sense of humour. Read more

Grocery store self-checkout: where will it lead?

By Ian Hull. The move to retail automation amazes me – its impact is so unpredictable. The most recent kerfuffle relates to claims by one retailer's cashiers that they’ve been made to pressure customers into using self-checkout stations rather than traditional cashiers. Cashiers claim (probably correctly) that stores are encouraging self-checkout to reduce the number of cashiers needed in store. You can read about it here. Read more

Is a crypto-will a new frontier for estate planning?

By Ian Hull . The popularity of cryptocurrencies has heightened the world’s attention on the versatility of blockchain technology. An interesting development is the application of a blockchain solution for estate planning of crypto assets. Read more

Is there a duty to account when requested by a beneficiary?

By Ian Hull. In this recent decision , the Ontario Superior Court of Justice confirmed that an attorney for property and/or estate trustee has a duty to pass accounts in accordance with the Rules of Civil Procedure. Read more

Do you lie to your doctor?

By Ian Hull . Your annual physical is approaching, and you’re still averaging three to four alcoholic drinks per night – despite the fact that you told your doctor last year that you were going to cut back. Read more

Live longer – unusual tips for keeping the grim reaper at bay

By Ian Hull . We’re all too familiar with the conventional advice for living longer – and the same ol’, same ol’ is being trotted out again by scientists. A new study says that sticking to the following five things can prolong your life expectancy by more than a decade. The five things? Read more

Afraid of dying? Take your mushroom

By Ian Hull . Estate law is centred on asset planning for an end-of-life experience. So not surprisingly, we’ve seen just about every end-of-life situation you can imagine. I can tell you first-hand, many of these situations are painful, fearful, and depressing. Read more

Do you have gems or junk in your house?

By Ian Hull . How much are your non-financial assets worth? If you’re planning your estate, it’s an important consideration, especially if you plan to make specific bequests. Read more

Does your elderly parent need help?

By Ian Hull . It’s a situation shared by many – you have a single elderly parent living alone. They’ve always been able to handle their day-to-day needs, with the occasional helping hand from family members. But something doesn’t seem right. Read more

Why staying well can be a living hell

By Ian Hull . Have you followed the wellness industry lately? The New York Times recently published a lengthy feature on Gwyneth Paltrow and her wellness company Goop. In it, the author describes a number of the “therapies” she learned about in the course of interviewing Paltrow and writing the article. Read more

Are you ready to be a 21st century retiree?

By Ian Hull . We’re almost 19 years into the new century, so it seems a little late to be talking about the “new” 21 st century version of retirement. Or does it? Read more

A hippie commune for seniors?

By Ian Hull . Is it possible for today’s seniors to return to their hippie past? For some, plans are in the works. Read more

A different approach to work-life balance

By Ian Hull . A recent Globe and Mail article on vacation time caught my eye. In it, Elizabeth Renzetti notes an ADP Canada study that found that: Read more