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

Should life insurance proceeds be included in the value of an estate?

By Ian Hull . When a life insurance policy’s designated beneficiary is the estate of the policy-holder, the proceeds of the insurance policy will be paid into the deceased’s estate. Usually, the value of the life insurance proceeds are included in the value of the estate when applying for a Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee. But there may be a case for not including them. Read more

November is ‘Make a Will Month’

By Ian Hull . The Ontario Bar Association (“OBA”) has once again designated November as “Make a Will Month.” Approximately 56 per cent of Canadians do not have a will. This issue first arose in a 2012 LawPRO survey and has been confirmed as an ongoing concern according to a CIBC survey in August 2015. Read more

Hull to speak at Law Commission of Ontario event

Toronto trusts and estates litigator Ian Hull will speak at the launch of the Law Commission of Ontario’s Simplified Procedures for Small Estates report this week. Read more

Hull to chair webcast on new estates tax act

Toronto trusts and estates litigator Ian Hull will chair an upcoming webcast on the new Estates Tax Act, presented by the Law Society of Upper Canada. Read more

Spousal and dependant support – the FLA vs. the SLRA

By Ian Hull . Both the Family Law Act , R.S.O. 1990, c. F.3 (“ FLA ”) and the Succession Law Reform Act , R.S.O. 1990, c. S.26 (“SLRA”) contemplate the support of spouses. The FLA is focused specifically on spouses, while the SLRA deals with support of dependants, which includes a spouse of a deceased, as well as a parent, child, or sibling, to whom the deceased was providing support or legally obligated to provide support. Should these regimes be kept separate, or is there some meshing of the two, allowing for the FLA to influence the determination of spousal support under the SLRA? Read more

Joint tenancy, survivorship, and adverse possession

By Ian Hull . A recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Post Estate (Trustee of) v. Hamilton , 2015 ONSC 5252 (available on Westlaw) considered a rather unusual set of facts with respect to joint tenancy and an interesting application of the equitable remedy of adverse possession. Read more

CBA estates event to feature mediation role play panel

Toronto estates and trusts lawyers Ian Hull and Suzana Popovic-Montag will be among the presenters at the upcoming Will, Estate and Trust Fundamentals for Estate Practitioners program, hosted by the Canadian Bar Association (CBA). Read more

SOS from Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry program

Toronto trusts and estates litigator Ian Hull says the Lawyers Feed the Hungry program in Canada’s largest city is in dire need of financial support, reports Law Times . Read more

Hull to speak at Law Society Estates and Trusts Summit

On Oct. 7, Toronto trusts and estates litigator Ian Hull will speak at the 18 th Annual Estates and Trusts Summit, hosted by the Law Society of Upper Canada. Read more

Incentive trusts: Controlling your money from the grave

By Ian Hull . A recent New York Post article discusses the estate of the late Maurice Laboz of Manhattan, who left $20 million to his two daughters, Marlena and Victoria, 21 and 17 respectively, to inherit when they turn 35. However, Mr. Laboz has also provided a number of ways in which the girls can gain access to some money in the meantime. Read more

Program to provide overview of trusts for family lawyers

Toronto trusts and estates litigator Ian Hull will be among the presenters at the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Basic to Complex Trust Issues for Family Law Lawyers program on Oct. 6. Read more

Hull to discuss SLRA at Osgoode family law program

Toronto trusts and estates litigator Ian Hull will share his expertise on dependant claims under the Succession Law Reform Act (SLRA) at an upcoming family law program hosted by Osgoode Professional Development. Read more

Graduated rate estates and changes to the Income Tax Act

By Ian Hull . The 2015 Budget and changes to tax treatment of testamentary trusts have been discussed on this blog before . Bill C-43 has since become law, and will become effective January 1, 2016. Read more

Testamentary freedom not a shield for racist behaviour

Toronto trusts and estates litigator Ian Hull says a recent Court of Appeal decision that invalidated a bequest to a white supremacist group is a good reminder that testamentary freedom cannot be used as a shield for discriminatory behaviour. Read more

Should you be thinking about long term care insurance?

By Ian Hull . Last week, Suzana’s blog post discussed longevity planning and Powers of Attorney for Personal Care (POA PC). She mentioned that, while financial and estate plans tend to focus on assets, a longevity plan or a POA PC is important in order to address other issues such as quality of life planning and health care instructions. Long-term care insurance is one instance where these plans overlap. Read more