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

Absenteeism and estate administration

By Ian Hull . In a blog posted earlier last week concerning the Declaration of Death Act, part of the blog discussed certain peculiarities in declaring someone dead. In certain instances, where it is not certain that the individual is deceased, the Absentee Act, RSO 1990, c A. 3 (the “Act”) allows the court to make a declaration that an individual is an absentee. In the case of Re Taylor (1925), 27 O.W.N. 497, [1925] O.J. No. 541, Riddell J., notes at paragraph 5 that the Act was spurred as a result of, “…[t]he disappearance recently in Toronto of a man of considerable wealth brought to the attention of the Legislature the necessity of administering the estates of those who should disappear”. In addition, at paragraph 6, Riddell J. states that, “[t]he object of the Act plainly is that the estate of any one who should absent himself, in such a way that his whereabouts are unknown and that there is no knowledge as to whether he is alive or dead, should be administered and not left to waste.” Clearly, the purpose and objective of the Act has hints of public policy. Read more

Guardianship and the Children's Law Reform Act

By Ian Hull The Children's Law Reform Act (the "CLRA"), is the governing statute in Ontario for guardianship applications for children. Specifically, guardianship of a child is dealt with under sections 47 to 58 of the CLRA. In bringing such an application, there are a number of key considerations to take into account. Read Toronto Estate Law Blog Read more

Family succession planning: getting prepared

Ian Hull and Suzana Popovic-Montag, will be speaking tomorrow at the Conference for Advanced Life Underwriting (CALU) in Ottawa. Read more

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Kicking sand at each other over the estate

Toronto estate and trust litigator Ian Hull, talks to Ian Harvey, in a story for Canadian Capital magazine about how to avoid a knockout blow to your estate. “There’s a lot of money and people can afford to take a risk escalating things,” says Hull. It becomes more about “one kicking sand at the other when they were six and never letting it go.” Read Story in Canadian Capital Read more

VIDEO: Keeping the cottage in the family

Toronto estate litigation lawyer Ian Hull talks to BNN's Money Talk about how to keep the cottage in the family. Hull says passing the vacation property to the next generation brings out the "best and the worst" in estate planning. Watch Ian Hull on BNN Read more

When does elder abuse become criminal?

As Canada's population ages, elder abuse has come out of the shadows and into the mainstream of public consciousness. It is now both regularly featured as a topic of conversation in the government and the media, with proposed changes to the law being hotly debated, raising awareness of the topic in its wake. Read Toronto Estate Law Blog Read more

The six-minute estates lawyer

Toronto estates and trust lawyers Ian Hull and Suzana Popovic-Montag , partners at Hull & Hull LLP, will present papers today at the Law Society of Upper Canada's continuing professional development program, The Six-Minute Estates Lawyer 2012. The program is an overview of important cases and recent developments in estate law. Read more

Calculating estate administration tax

By Ian Hull With the April 30, 2012 deadline looming for individuals to file their personal tax returns, tax is on a lot of people's minds right now. With tax already on the mind, I thought it might be a good opportunity to re-visit another kind of tax that one day we all have to face, Estate Administration Tax ("EAT"), more commonly referred to as probate fees. Read Toronto Estate Law Blog Read more

What bad behaviour can cost you

By Ian Hull When most people hear that someone has been "disinherited" they usually think of someone who has been written out of someone else's will. While this certainly is probably the classic definition of disinheritance, it is not the only way that a person can be excluded from a person's estate. Read Post on Toronto Estate Law Blog Read more

Prioritizing work a fact of life for lawyers

By Ian Hull Lawyers lead busy lives, that much is undoubtedly true. In having to juggle multiple files and professional responsibilities (not to mention commitments to both friends and family) one of the first things that a lawyer must learn to do is prioritize tasks, getting to the most urgent matters immediately, and leaving less urgent tasks to be completed at a later date. Read More in Hull & Hull Blog Read more