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

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

An update for physician assisted suicide

By Ian Hull . The Canadian government, after receiving a four month extension for passage of Bill C-14 , which enables medically assisted suicide, will not meet today’s deadline set out by the Supreme Court of Canada. The bill has passed its second reading in the Senate and has obtained agreement in principle. Yet, after this vote, the Senate adjourned its hearing until June 7. As previously blogged , the bill is a result of the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Carter v. Canada (Attorney General) 2015 SCC 5 , where the Supreme Court ruled that the blanket criminal code provisions prohibiting physician assisted suicide were unconstitutional. The federal government was initially given a year’s time to put in place remedial legislation, and recently received a four month extension to this deadline. In granting the extension , the majority of the court stated that it would be unfair to those who already qualify based on Carter to delay the legislation any longer. Read more

Law firm collaboration fosters mentorship, rapid-fire solutions

A collaborative approach to law firm management can be well-suited to today’s competitive legal marketplace, as it ensures there’s always somebody who can step in and help a client, Toronto trusts and estates litigator Ian Hull tells Lawyers Weekly . Read more

Business succession planning

By Ian Hull . For business owners, part of a comprehensive estate plan should include a succession plan for your business. It is important to start planning the succession of your business early and revisit it from time to time. This should not be a single, discrete task, but an ongoing process over time. The Canada Business Network , a government organization providing resources and information to businesses, suggests that the process of retiring or exiting from your business could take up to five years. Furthermore, in case of unexpected illness or death, you do not want to be left without a plan. Read more

Certainty of intention in creating a trust

By Ian Hull . It is well recognized that in order to create a valid trust, the “ three certainties ” must all be present. An Ontario Superior Court judgment from November 2015 considered the three certainties, particularly the certainty of intention, and found that the intention was absent and thus the trust failed. Read more

‘Archaic’ estate legislation needs updating

An investigative report highlighting horror stories around estate battles underlines the need for updating Ontario’s “archaic” estate laws, says Toronto trusts and estates litigator Ian Hull. Read more