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

Simplifying the search for a deceased’s life insurance policy

By Ian Hull . Beneficiary designations for life insurance policies can be an integral part of one’s estate plan. As designated policy proceeds typically pass outside of an estate, and are not subject to costly probate fees, policyholders often use these designations as a strategic method to transfer assets upon their death. Read more

Blade Runner: estate planning in a futuristic world

By Ian Hull . Could assets be passed one day to non-living beings, those created through artificial intelligence but possessing human-like qualities? Read more

Hull honoured with Honsberger award

It was largely from his father and former partner, the late Rodney Hull Q.C. LSM, that Toronto estates and trusts lawyer Ian Hull was taught to give back, and his community work is one of the three pillars of the Honsberger Award, which he will receive in March. Read more

Five things your clients should do before they die

By Ian Hull . You advise and document estate plans for clients. You’re meticulous about detail and always do a thorough job. Is there anything you’ve overlooked? Read more

High net worth individuals need special insurance solutions

By Ian Hull. High net worth individuals typically have more than enough money to live their desired lifestyle. But there’s an important element that even the wealthiest amongst us may be lacking – protection. According to recent research by Chubb, more than 50 per cent of high net worth individuals worry that they are underinsured, and less than 30 per cent look for insurers who are specialists in providing coverage for the affluent: https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/personal-lines/insurance-providers-need-go-understand-needs-high-net-worth-individuals-chubb-1004110295/. Read more

Charitable pledges tough to enforce

Charitable pledges are generally not enforceable, Toronto estates and trusts lawyer Ian Hull tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Time to up the ante on advice and wealth planning for women

By Ian Hull . There are a few holdovers from the Mad Men era of 50 or 60 years ago when men were the primary breadwinners and wealth managers – and women looked after the home and family. Read more

Abuse of a power of attorney: when good people do bad things

By Ian Hull . We all know that bad people can do some very bad things. So, if your estate plan includes a continuing power of attorney for property (as it likely should), and you name someone to manage your affairs in the event you can’t, you’ll undoubtedly be choosing a “good person” to be your attorney, not the bad apple nephew with a spotted past. Read more

Estate planning for prisoners and their families

For families with a loved one who is in prison, routine financial issues such as making a will, keeping a family business afloat and supporting children are fraught with complications, Toronto estates and trusts lawyer Ian Hull tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Age 65 or older? There may be a trust for you

By Ian Hull . Trusts have been around for hundreds of years, so a type that’s only been around for 17 years is still considered “new” in the trust world. Two types of living trusts (those that you establish during your lifetime) – the alter-ego trust and joint spousal trust – have been available to Canadians only since 2000. These “newer” trusts are worth a quick review because they can be beneficial in many estate situations. Read more

Making the case for reforming estates legislation

Ontario needs to follow other provinces and revamp its wills and estates legislation to reflect current needs, Toronto estates and trusts lawyer Ian Hull tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Mirror wills vs. mutual wills – different documents, purposes

By Ian Hull . Don’t let the similar sounding names fool you – while there are some similarities between “mirror wills” and “mutual wills,” there’s also a world of difference. Read more

Time to abolish Ontario's perpetuities law: Hull

Moves by other provinces to abolish or replace perpetuities laws signals that it’s time for Ontario to reform its estate legislation, Toronto estate lawyer Ian Hull tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Duty of disclosure – the unique rules for estates and trusts

By Ian Hull . We all know that lawyers have a duty to hold client information confidential – it’s one of the foundations of our legal system. But estates are a special matter. If we follow the letter of the law regarding confidentiality, a drafting lawyer would be unable to release the testator’s will following their death. Read more

Trusts and family property – when can you trust a trust?

By Ian Hull . The laws relating to trusts are complex enough before issues relating to family law are introduced. Even at the best of times, individuals establishing trusts need the advice and services of professionals to ensure that trust structures are sound and their trust goals are met. Read more