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Proof of Lost Wills and Legislative Regulatory and Case Comment Update

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40 minutes
Lou-Anne Farrell
Dagmara Wozniak
Middlesex Law Association
40 minutes
$79.00 plus tax
The Thirteenth Annual Wills, Estates & Trusts Seminar
Includes Handouts

The first session discusses Proof of Lost Wills. 

Rule 75.02 The validity and contents of a will that has been lost or destroyed may be proved on an application

(a) by affidavit evidence without appearance, where all persons who have a financial interest in the estate consent to the proof; or
(b) in the manner provided by the court in an order giving directions made under rule 75.06.

The session on Legislative Regulatory and Case Comment Update provides a Caselaw Update: Milne Estate (Re) & Rivard v. Morris

  • Update on ODSP changes
  • Post–Implementation of Estate Information Returns


Lou-Anne Farrell

Lou-Anne Farrell was called to the Ontario Bar in 1988 after graduating from the University of Western Ontario law school with distinction. After several years as an associate and then as a partner at Lerners and at Advocates LLP, she joined FPLaw as counsel in January of 2016.

Ms. Farrell practices in the area of estate litigation, including will challenges, spousal and dependent’s claims, removal of executors and contested estate audits, as well as Power of Attorney litigation, Capacity litigation, including the appointment of guardians, and Breach of Trust claims. She also acts as a mediator in estate-related disputes.

Ms. Farrell is a former Chair of the Trusts and Estates Section of the Ontario Bar Association and has written and spoken frequently on issues related to Estate Litigation. She is a former Alternate Chair of the Ontario Review Board, the tribunal which conducts annual reviews of persons found not criminally responsible for criminal offences by reason of a mental disorder. She has also been on the boards of several community organizations in London. She is presently President of the Board of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwestern Ontario and an Honourary Director of the Children’s Health Foundation.

Dagmara Wozniak

Dagmara leads a busy civil litigation practice with a particular focus on Estate Litigation and Personal Injury. Since being called to the bar in 2009, she has appeared in all levels of the court in Ontario. She offers legal services in Polish and English.

In the estate litigation field, she has successfully represented clients in a wide array of disputes, including proprietary and contractual claims against or on behalf of estates, disputes concerning the validity and interpretation of wills, capacity litigation, claims concerning the administration of estates, breach of trust claims against trustees and fiduciaries (acting under a Power of Attorney), spousal and dependants’ claims, contested passing of accounts and contested Guardianship applications.

As a personal injury lawyer, Dagmara assists injured individuals and their families in all aspects of their injury claim. She brings expertise and compassion to each claim.

Dagmara is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of Law. As a native Londoner, Dagmara has strong ties to the London community and is active in a number of local organization and community groups. She is the former Chair of the Alzheimer Society of London and Middlesex, past President of the Middlesex Law Association, and an active participant and contributor to charitable events. She regularly speaks and writes on issues related Estate Litigation.

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