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

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

Hull to present at 19th Annual Estates and Trusts Summit

Toronto trusts and estates litigator Ian Hull will share his insights with attendees on Day One of this year’s 19 th Annual Estates and Trusts Summit, presented by the Law Society of Upper Canada. Read more

Hull named to Chambers Canada 2017 guide

Toronto estates and trusts lawyer Ian Hull has been recognized in the Chambers Canada 2017 guide for his expertise in contentious estates. Read more

Hull, Popovic-Montag to discuss mediation at CBA event

Toronto estates and trusts lawyers Ian Hull and Suzana Popovic-Montag will be among the expert faculty at this year’s ‘Will, Estate and Trust Fundamentals for Estate Practitioners’ event, presented by the Canadian Bar Association (CBA). Read more

Too young to plan?

By Ian Hull . The death of a celebrity will sometimes cause the media to focus enquiry on estate planning. We recently blogged about the circumstances surrounding Prince’s intestacy and the possible heirs of his estate. Anton Yelchin, a 27-year-old actor best known for his role in the Star Trek movies, has passed away. His death has raised a number of interesting points. Read more

Real estate and the matrimonial home

By Ian Hull . Recently, the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) released a report that Toronto home prices in the month of June jumped nearly 17 per cent compared with the same month last year. Toronto and Vancouver real estate prices are frequently a news topic, but regardless of where you live, the home often represents the largest and most important asset of a person’s estate. Read more

Effecting an insurance designation by declaration

By Ian Hull . What language will be sufficient to effect a beneficiary designation by codicil? The decision in The Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company v. Ait-Said , 2016 ONSC 4051 (CanLII) provides some guidance on this issue. Read more

Hull remembers lawyer for mentorship, benevolence

Lawyer Martin Teplitsky will be remembered not only as a mentor who shared his wisdom and understanding of human nature with others in the profession, but also as an incredible fundraiser, Toronto trusts and estates litigator Ian Hull tells The Canadian Jewish News . Read more

Inspecting property held by an estate

By Ian Hull . One of the primary duties of an estate trustee is to ascertain the assets of the estate. Sometimes, at the time of death, property of another person may be left at the deceased’s place of residence or otherwise in their possession. This property, unsurprisingly, can be assumed to be the deceased’s. However, if property entitlement is in dispute, when and how does a claimant to property go about inspecting the property? Read more

Wills basics: revocation, revival, republication

By Ian Hull . The nature of a will is that it is revocable, meaning that testators can change their mind, cause their will to no longer be in effect, and make a new will at any time. However, just as there are requirements for executing a will , there are specific rules in place that govern how a will may be revoked. Read more

The legal effect of death during litigation

By Ian Hull . The hockey legend, Gordie Howe, died this past Friday. He leaves behind four children and nine grandchildren. The details of his estate are not yet known. The day before he died, the Michigan Court of Appeal upheld a verdict in his favour where he was awarded approximately $3,000,000 in damages. The defendants in that proceeding were found liable for destruction of some of Gordie Howe’s personal memorabilia. The timing of his passing favours his estate. While unusual, parties do die during litigation. If Howe had died during an ongoing proceeding, it could have been the cause of some confusion. It is important to remember that the Rules of Civil Procedure offer guidance on this issue. Read more