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Suzana Popovic-Montag

Managing Partner, Hull & Hull LLP

Suzana Popovic-Montag is the Managing Partner of Hull & Hull LLP, who practices exclusively in the area of estates, trusts, capacity and fiduciary litigation. Suzana has an LL.B. from the University of Western Ontario and an Honours B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University. She received mediation training at Harvard Law School and was called to the Bar in 1997. Suzana is a frequent blogger, podcaster and speaker at various OBA, Osgoode Hall and Law Society of Upper Canada programs. She is also a regular contributor to the OBA Trusts and Estates section publication, Deadbeat, and is the author of numerous academic articles on estates and trusts issues. Her articles are referred to in many of Canada’s leading estate texts. Suzana is continuously the recipient of many awards, including LawDay, Best Lawyers International, Lexpert and The Best Lawyers in Canada.
Potential Problems With Powers Of

Potential Problems With Powers Of Attorney

If family members are unhappy with your choice of attorney or the choices being made by your attorney, they may challenge the validity of the power of attorney document or make it difficult for your attorney to do their job.
06/13/2017 04:32 EDT
What You Need To Know About Predatory

What You Need To Know About Predatory Marriages

Predatory marriages are unfortunately a growing phenomenon in Ontario. A predatory marriage occurs when a man or a woman enters into a relationship with an elderly individual exclusively for the purpose of gaining access to their estate.
05/30/2017 04:21 EDT
Avoiding Estate

Avoiding Estate Litigation

Most families will experience some level of drama or conflict after the death of a family member. However, for some families, the death of a parent, sibling, or other close family member, can spark a dispute that results in expensive, protracted litigation and causes the breakdown of family relationships.
04/20/2017 12:57 EDT
When To Consider The Option Of Alternate Dispute

When To Consider The Option Of Alternate Dispute Resolution

Alternate dispute resolution ("ADR") has been on the rise as one of the primary ways to bring a dispute to resolution. Rather than spending significant time and money to litigate a case, the recent trend sees the increased use of ADR processes, such as mediation or arbitration, in the negotiation of a settlement outside of the courtroom.
04/04/2017 10:11 EDT
Common Law

Common Law Spouses

It is increasingly common for couples to choose to live together without first getting married. This decision may be seen
03/23/2017 02:39 EDT
Transferring The Family

Transferring The Family Cottage

The family cottage should invoke memories of warm weather, sunshine, and happiness. Unfortunately, for some, estate battles or family fights surrounding the cottage can tarnish these positive memories upon the death of the owner of the property.
03/14/2017 11:14 EDT
Aspects Of Estate

Aspects Of Estate Law

It can be interesting to see how certain aspects of estate law can work in conjunction with other sectors, and a basic understanding of the related issues is often important when assisting clients in developing or implementing an estate plan.
02/09/2017 08:06 EST
What Is A

What Is A Fiduciary?

Fiduciary can refer to a person acting in a position of trust or a particular kind of obligation. Both fiduciary relationships and fiduciary obligations are based in trust. When someone acts as a fiduciary, he or she has an obligation to act in utmost good faith for the benefit of the person or people with whose interests he or she is entrusted.
02/06/2017 04:10 EST
Estate Accounting

Estate Accounting Issues

As greater numbers of individuals become authorized to act as attorneys for property, it is important that both the grantors and the attorneys understand what is expected and what may be legally required of the fiduciary.
12/22/2016 02:29 EST
What You Need To Know About

What You Need To Know About Disinheritance

Disinheritance is defined in Black's Law Dictionary as "the act by which the owner of an estate deprives a person of the right to inherit the same, who would otherwise be his heir." As such, it can be extremely unsettling for a child to find out that they have been disinherited from their parent's estate.
12/13/2016 02:34 EST
The Rise Of Elder Law In Our Aging

The Rise Of Elder Law In Our Aging Society

Our population is now the oldest it ever has been, with more people currently aged 65 and older than there are children under the age of 15. As with any significant demographic shift, this trend has significant implications for society at large, impacting health care, finance policy, infrastructure, family relationships, and legal issues.
11/28/2016 01:05 EST
What You Should Know About The Safe Keeping Of

What You Should Know About The Safe Keeping Of Wills

A primary consideration in the estate planning process should be the safe keeping of original planning documents (such as a will or a power of attorney). In Ontario, in order to obtain a grant of probate, the named estate trustee typically needs to provide the court with the original will, pursuant to the Estates Act.
11/04/2016 02:09 EDT
A Lawyer's Take On Estate Planning In Your Second

A Lawyer's Take On Estate Planning In Your Second Marriage

It is not uncommon for people to have more than one spouse or common-law partner in the course of their lives. Dealing with the estate of a spouse or the division of assets after a breakdown of marriage illustrates how building a common life as a married couple creates legal entitlements and obligations.
10/07/2016 02:12 EDT
The Advantages And Disadvantages Of

The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Probate

The word probate, while still very frequently used by lawyers, may confuse people who do not have a legal background. Part of the confusion stems from the fact that the word probate is an old-fashioned term that can refer either to a legal process or to a particular kind of court order.
09/06/2016 03:24 EDT
There Has Never Been A Better Time To Embrace Charitable

There Has Never Been A Better Time To Embrace Charitable Giving

Amendments to the Income Tax Act have been made that incentivize planned charitable giving. Prior to 2016, gifts to registered charitable organizations made by will received tax credits that could only be used in the year of the testator's death or carried back to the preceding year.
08/22/2016 02:52 EDT
When Criminal And Estate Law

When Criminal And Estate Law Intersect

Occasionally, criminal law and estate law intersect. That intersection was particularly shocking in the high-profile cases of Helmuth Buxbaum and Peter Demeter. Both were convicted of arranging the murder of their wives and both tried to collect on life insurance policies in their respective wife's name.
08/04/2016 05:25 EDT
A Digital Estate Plan Defines Your Virtual Life After

A Digital Estate Plan Defines Your Virtual Life After Death

Online social media, if unaddressed by an estate plan, can be the cause of litigation. A person's social media may include writings, pictures or other mementos. These items may hold sentimental value to that person's family members and friends in a way that may not have been contemplated by the deceased.
07/22/2016 03:19 EDT