Ian Hull

Ian Hull
Hull & Hull LLP
Founding Partner
Estates & Wills & Trusts, Mediation

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 In The News
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

Supreme Court of Canada clarifies unjust enrichment test

A ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada offers clarity on the test for unjust enrichment,  <...>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

Substantial indemnity costs ordered against estate trustees

By Ian Hull . This case  was a dispute between three siblings over a $30,000 painting. The three siblings were beneficiaries and estate trustees of their late father’s estate. Two of the siblings commenced an application in their capacity as estate trustee as against their brother and sought advice from the court regarding the painting which they alleged was an asset of the estate. They also alleged breach of fiduciary duty and sought costs of the application on a substantial indemnity basis. Read more

Travel much? Currency exchange is getting easier

By Ian Hull . We’ve seen it first hand in many estates situations: families with property and assets in different countries. In the estate administration process, this can present a host of problems if proper planning hasn’t been done. Read more

Can you win the lottery and remain anonymous?

By Ian Hull . When it comes to money matters, privacy is a big issue. We see it all the time in the estates area – a great deal of time and planning can go into ensuring that estate details remain confidential. Read more

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