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 Posts

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

How a walk in the park can improve your mental health

By Ian Hull . Anxiety, depression and other mental health issues can occur for any number of reasons, but they often emerge when a loved one has died. While grief is a natural occurrence that’s distinct from depression, it’s not unusual for the grief over the death of a friend or family member to trigger a major depressive episode. And these conditions can worsen if the death results in family conflict, whether over the estate or other family issues. Read more

No right of equalization when a common-law spouse dies

Toronto estates and trusts lawyer Ian Hull is hoping a decision in a suit of unjust enrichment he filed before the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) will bring much-needed clarity to the right of equalization for common-law spouses. Read more

Hockey fights are way down. Estate fights? Not so much

By Ian Hull . Have you watched an NHL game recently? If you have, you may have noticed a significant change in one high-profile aspect of the game: fighting. It’s declined rapidly. Just 10 years ago, fighting occurred in about 40 per cent of games. That number today is 17 per cent. TSN has a good analysis of why it’s happened. Read more

Follow these tips to bulletproof your will

With careful consideration during the drafting process, there are ways to make a will bulletproof, Toronto estates and trusts lawyer Ian Hull tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

What you should do when ‘unexpected’ financial news is good

By Ian Hull . The financial industry is relentless in encouraging Canadians to “plan for the unexpected” – and highlighting how anything can happen. You could lose your job, become disabled, lose your home to a fire, lose a loved one – the list of possible bad news seems endless. Read more

Make it your year for ‘best picture’ critical thinking

By Ian Hull . Do you ever wonder how your emotions impact your decision-making? Or more specifically, how many sub-optimal decisions you make based on emotion? Read more

The benefits and risks of naming a second POA

Appointing more than one person to be an attorney for property has its benefits, not the least of which is convenience, but it’s not always necessary and can have a downside as well, Toronto estates and trusts lawyer Ian Hull tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Cross-border estates planning grows as world shrinks

More Canadians than ever need cross-border estates advice as the world continues to shrink due to travel and technological developments, Toronto estates and trusts lawyer Ian Hull tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

It’s hard to read the label when you’re inside the bottle

By Ian Hull . One quality often overlooked in this frantic information era of texts, tweets, and instagrams is clarity. Our communications and responses are faster than ever, and you’ve likely seen first-hand how clarity can suffer. In a perfect world, we’d have a friend by our side objectively reviewing each communication and setting us straight when our message wasn’t clear. Read more

Preparing for mediation of estate disputes

Mediation has come to play such a significant role in estates disputes that lawyers need to undertake extensive preparation in order to represent their clients’ best interests, Toronto estates and trusts lawyer Ian Hull tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Five threats to a healthy estate

By Ian Hull . We need to be vigilant on a number of fronts every day – from health to financial security, to our relationships with others. But there’s another front – the estate front – that requires some vigilance as well. While the threats to your estate can be mostly hidden when you are alive and healthy, they can quickly become a reality at the time of your death. Read more