Canada - September 20 2011
Just when we think our estate freeze shares are safe from Family Law Act claims because the appellate court overturned the trial decision in MacNamee v MacNamee, and found that the gift of the shares was a valid gift, the same Court of Appeal has released a very short decision which could have far-reaching effects on the validity of trusts, especially after the Antel.
Canada - March 3 2011
The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released a 7-0 decision in Kerr v. Baranow,  S.C.J. No. 10 and its companion case, Vanasse v. Seguin, dealing with claims by common-law spouses on the basis of unjust enrichment.