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

How does solicitor/client privilege apply on testator’s death?

By Ian Hull . What happens to communications between a solicitor and a testator once the testator passes away? Can privilege be waived in order to determine the intentions of a testator? Read more

Hull, Popovic-Montag to share estate planning meeting tips at TLA event

Toronto estates and trusts lawyers Ian Hull and Suzana Popovic-Montag will share their methodology for conducting streamlined estate planning meetings at an upcoming practical program, presented by the Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA). Read more

Plan early for transfer of family cottage

While the family cottage is generally a place filled with happy memories, the significant sentimental and financial value that some attach to the property may lead to contentious estate battles upon the death of its owner, Toronto estates and trusts lawyers Ian Hull and Suzana Popovic-Montag write in The Huffington Post. Read more

The common law slayer rule

By Ian Hull . The common law slayer rule makes the law in Canada clear that committing murder will prevent a person from inheriting the estate of the victim. For clarity, the accused must be found guilty and exhaust all of their rights to appeal before the courts will void a testamentary gift or beneficiary designation. Read more

Hull to explore connection between estates, family law

Toronto trusts and estates litigator Ian Hull will share his insights on the connection between estate matters and family law at a pair of events this April. Read more

Focus on independent practices key to retention

Although keeping lawyers on board is the preferred route, law firms have to be realistic about the fact that not much can be done to stop individuals who exhibit an “entrepreneurial spirit” from pursuing other opportunities, Toronto trusts and estates litigator Ian Hull tells The Lawyers Weekly . Read more

Rulings provide contrasting views on court's role in probate

Although a pair of recent Ontario Court of Appeal decisions address the issue of a court’s jurisdiction and role in matters of probate, the rulings send a mixed message on the issue, Toronto estates and trusts lawyers Ian Hull and Suzana Popovic-Montag write in The Lawyer’s Daily. Read more

What to do if you receive a Not Clear Certificate

By Ian Hull . What happens if an individual dies intestate , and upon application for a Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee Without a Will, a Not Clear Certificate is returned to the applying party? Read more

Responsiveness, communication vital to client satisfaction

By nature , estate litigation can be an emotional roller-coaster, and having a lawyer walk clients through the process goes a long way to calming their nerves, says Toronto trusts and estates litigator Ian Hull. Read more

Fraudulent concealment

By Ian Hull . Pursuant to s. 4 of the Limitations Act , generally , a claim should be started by an individual within two years of the claim being discovered. Section 5 of the Limitations Act, defines discovery as “the day on which a reasonable person with the abilities and in the circumstance of the person with the claim first ought to have known of the matters referred to.” Read more

Durante minore aetate – acting as executor for a minor

By Ian Hull . When dealing with the administration of an estate, there is the possibility that a bequest will be left to a minor, resulting in the need for it to be held in trust until the minor reaches the age of majority. It is also possible to have a situation where the executor named in a will is a minor at the date of death of the testator, pursuant to s. 26 of the Estates Act . This will result in a Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee being issued to the guardian of the named executor, until he or she turns 18. The guardian acting as executor is called durante minore aetate, which translates to “during the minority.” Read more

Discriminatory wills and disinheritance

By Ian Hull . How far can one’s discriminatory beliefs endure in regard to estate planning? Read more

Planning for access to digital accounts

By Ian Hull . As society is becoming more and more digitized, there is an increased need for individuals to consider their online accounts in their estate planning. Today, computers and cellphones can store a wealth of important information about an individual through applications such as Facebook, Twitter and online banking websites. Furthermore, there are many other online platforms such as online gaming websites that individuals can win money or put real money into. Read more

Discriminatory wills worthy of judicial intervention

Although testamentary freedom is the general rule in modern succession law, as a matter of public policy, courts should not condone wills where the testator's motives are racially discriminatory, Toronto estates and trusts lawyers Ian Hull and Suzana Popovic-Montag write in the Fall 2016 Advocates’ Journal . Read more