Suzana Popovic-Montag

Suzana Popovic-Montag
Hull & Hull LLP
Managing Partner
Estates & Wills & Trusts, Mediation

The Toronto-based managing partner of Hull & Hull LLP, Suzana Popovic-Montag practises in the areas of estates, trusts, capactiy and fiduciary litigation while also maintaining a specialized mediation through Hull Estate Mediation Inc.

Ms. Popovic-Montag was called to the Ontario Bar in 1997 after receiving an LL.B. from the University of Western Ontario and an Honours B.A. from Wilfred Laurier University. She has received mediation training at Harvard Law School. 

Past chair of the Trusts and Estates Section Executive of the Ontario Bar Association, Ms. Popovic-Montag has also been involved in many OBA subcommittees including chairing the Brown Bag Lunches. She is also the publicity liaison for the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners Toronto Executive.

In addition, she is a member of the Toronto Lawyers Association, the Estate Planning Council (Mississauga), the Halton County Law Association and the Advocates' Society.

A blogger, podcaster and speaker at OBA, Osgoode Hall and LSUC programs, Ms. Popovic-Montag is a regular contributor to a number of legal publications.

 

Suzana Popovic-Montag In The News
We can’t cut our smartphone habit — but we can cut the cost

By Suzana Popovic-Montag . Talk to someone who lives in Europe or travels there for extended periods. Ask them what they pay for their phone plan. You’ll be shocked and disheartened. The costs are a fraction of what they are in Canada.  Read more

Hull & Hull's SCC win establishes important precedent

Hull & Hull LLP’s recent Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) win in a case concerning unjust enrichment has many practitioners “fussed” about how the ruling affects “what everyone understood to be a clear protection in terms of an irrevocable beneficiary,” Toronto trusts and estates lawyer Suzana Popovic-Montag tells Canadian Lawyer . Read more

A cure for ageist thinking? It may not be needed

By Suzana Popovic-Montag . It’s taken decades, but we’re slowly coming to terms with a few of the “isms” in our culture – racism and sexism being two obvious ones. We can add discrimination based on disability and sexual preference as two others. Read more

Alexa – take a hike

By Suzana Popovic-Montag . Amazon Echo and Google Home – here’s my prediction about these smart speakers. In 25 years, we’ll look at film clips or ads that featured the “cool things” that these devices did – and we’ll laugh. We’ll laugh the same way we laugh today about news clips from the 1990s that described the wonder of the new “internet.” Read more

Five things that will disappear in our lifetime

By Suzana Popovic-Montag . It never stops. Another year on the calendar turns, and we receive another jolting reminder of the years passing. It’s not just loved ones that we lose over time – our way of life is also constantly under threat. Read more

Fertilizer for your brain: how to grow your resilience

By Suzana Popovic-Montag . Let me give you the bad news first: some people are naturally more resilient than others – and life can be tough if your resilience falls in the low end of the range. Read more

Want to be creative with your will? Get a lawyer

By Suzana Popovic-Montag . If you’re a regular reader of obituaries, you’ve undoubtedly seen some creative writing touches in remembering a departed family member. While traditional obituaries are still the norm, humour seems to be creeping into more of these tributes – especially those written by the deceased person in advance and published upon their death. You’ll find some great examples  here . Read more

Is there life after death? (spoiler alert – we have the answer)

By Suzana Popovic-Montag . I don’t know about you, but I was a little disappointed when I discovered that one of the greatest thinkers of our time – Stephen Hawking – dismissed the notion of a life after death. Read more

Fraud against seniors – can it happen in your family?

By Suzana Popovic-Montag . By now, many of you have had a phone call from the “Canada Revenue Agency” informing you that you owe money, or that a lawsuit or collection process has begun. It’s a scam that’s obvious to most of us – and we hang up and don’t give it a second thought. Read more

Keep meticulous accounts as estate trustee to avoid liability

Administering an estate is a big role with a large amount of responsibility and fiduciary obligations attached to it, Toronto estates and trusts lawyer  Suzana Popovic-Montag  tells  AdvocateD aily.com .  Read more

Warning signs – will your family fight over your estate?

By Suzana Popovic-Montag . No one can predict the future with 100 per cent certainty – but we all have the ability to “read some signs” to make educated guesses about what’s likely to happen. Read more

The great estate – five ways to make it happen

By Suzana Popovic-Montag . As estate litigators, we’ve seen a lot of bad estates and bad estate situations. The good news is because we know the bad, we can advise clients on how to avoid it and make their estate a great one. No uncertainty, no delays, no conflicts, no nasty tax surprises. Read more

Dying for a cruise? What about dying on a cruise

By Suzana Popovic-Montag . Our estate litigation practice by its nature concerns end of life issues. And while no one expects the “end of life” to happen on a vacation, we’ve been involved in many estate files where that’s been the case. We’d like to think that vacation time is sacred, but the grim reaper begs to differ. Read more

Search for missing beneficiary should be proportionate to bequest

When a beneficiary of an estate is missing, an estate trustee must convince the court that they have done a reasonable search before seeking relief, Toronto estates and trusts lawyer Suzana Popovic-Montag tells Law Times. Read more

Providing eldercare? Have an estate discussion

By Suzana Popovic-Montag . We’ve seen it too many times in our estate litigation practice. An adult child moves in with an elderly parent and looks after them in the years leading up to the parent’s death. The parent wants to acknowledge the help the child has given and the sacrifice they’ve made so, before they die, they amend their will to include an additional gift or percentage share of their estate to the caregiver child. Read more

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