Dreger Estate, Re, (1982) 38 A.R. 44 (NWTSC)

Judgede Weerdt, J.
CourtSupreme Court of Northwest Territories (Canada)
Case DateApril 07, 1982
JurisdictionNorthwest Territories
Citations(1982), 38 A.R. 44 (NWTSC)

Dreger Estate, Re (1982), 38 A.R. 44 (NWTSC)

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Re Dreger Estate

(No. 1053)

Indexed As: Dreger Estate, Re

Northwest Territories Supreme Court

de Weerdt, J.

April 7, 1982

Summary:

The applicant applied for probate of an unexecuted copy of a will in the absence of the original executed will. The Northwest Territories Supreme Court allowed the application.

Wills - Topic 2342

Revocation - By act of testator - Lost will - Presumption of revocation where will is lost - The applicant applied for probate of an unexecuted copy of a will - The original executed copy was lost - The testator kept a copy of the will among his personal papers until his death and at no time indicated any intention to change his will after it was executed - The Northwest Territories Supreme Court allowed the application and held that the presumption of revocation of the will was rebutted - See paragraph 12.

Cases Noticed:

Sigurdson v. Sigurdson, [1935] 4 D.L.R. 529 (S.C.C.), refd to. [para. 3].

Re Ferguson-Smith; Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society v. Innes-Kerr (1955), 15 W.W.R.(N.S.) 237 (Alta. C.A.) refd to. [para. 3].

MacBurnie v. Patriquin (1976), 14 N.S.R.(2d) 682; 11 A.P.R. 682 (C.A.), refd to. [para. 3].

Sugden v. Lord St. Leonards (1876), 1 P.D. 154 (C.A.), refd to. [para. 4].

Lefebvre v. Major, [1930] S.C.R. 252, refd to. [para. 4].

Re Behie's Estate (1978), 24 N.S.R.(2d) 1; 35 A.P.R. 1 (C.A.); affm. 23 N.S.R.(2d) 361; 32 A.P.R. 301, refd to. [para. 4].

Re Barker Estate (1933), 6 M.P.R. 327 (N.B.C.A.), refd to. [para. 4].

In Re Moore's Will (1940), 15 M.P.R. 357 (N.B.C.A.), refd to. [para. 4].

Re Goudge's Estate (1979), 26 N.B.R.(2d) 258 (Prob. Ct.); 755 A.P.R. 258, refd to. [para. 4].

Re Constabaris Estate (1965), 54 D.L.R.(2d) 666 (B.C.S.C.), refd to. [para. 12].

Unwin v. Unwin (1914), 20 B.C.R. 77; 6 W.W.R. 1186 (B.C.S.C.), refd to. [para. 12].

Authors and Works Noticed:

Williams on Wills (4th Ed.), p. 87 [para. 3].

Counsel:

Jean C. Morris, for the applicant.

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  • Bunce Estate, Re, (1998) 231 A.R. 240 (SurCt)
    • Canada
    • October 15, 1998
    ...931 (Ont. C.A.), refd to. [para. 6]. Robinson Estate, Re, [1930] 2 W.W.R. 673 (Alta. Dist. Ct.), refd to. [para. 7]. Dreger Estate, Re (1982), 38 A.R. 44 (N.W.T.S.C.), refd to. [para. Statutes Noticed: Rules of Court (Alta.), Surrogate Court Rules, rule 24 [para. 3]. Authors and Works Notic......
  • Polischuk Estate v. Perry et al., 2014 BCSC 1089
    • Canada
    • British Columbia Supreme Court of British Columbia (Canada)
    • June 17, 2014
    ...carbon copies indicating a copy of the signature of the testator, have been probated: See ( Re Dreger, 1982 CarswellNWT 6, 13 E.T.R. 212, 38 A.R. 44 (N.T.S.C.), Cunningham v. Pioneer Ranch, 1985 CarsewellAlta 635, 61 A.R. 96 (Alta Q.B.) [74] As well, in the nineteenth century decision of Su......
  • Green Estate, Re, (2001) 300 A.R. 54 (QB)
    • Canada
    • Alberta Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta (Canada)
    • September 20, 2001
    ...60 (C.A.), leave to appeal refused (1986), 69 N.R. 79; 48 Sask.R. 160 (S.C.C.), refd to. [para. 54, footnote 26]. Dreger Estate, Re (1982), 38 A.R. 44; 13 E.T.R. 212 (N.W.T.S.C.), refd to. [para. 57, footnote Behie Estate, Re (1977), 24 N.S.R.(2d) 1; 35 A.P.R. 1 (C.A.), affing. (1977), 23 N......
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  • Bunce Estate, Re, (1998) 231 A.R. 240 (SurCt)
    • Canada
    • October 15, 1998
    ...931 (Ont. C.A.), refd to. [para. 6]. Robinson Estate, Re, [1930] 2 W.W.R. 673 (Alta. Dist. Ct.), refd to. [para. 7]. Dreger Estate, Re (1982), 38 A.R. 44 (N.W.T.S.C.), refd to. [para. Statutes Noticed: Rules of Court (Alta.), Surrogate Court Rules, rule 24 [para. 3]. Authors and Works Notic......
  • Polischuk Estate v. Perry et al., 2014 BCSC 1089
    • Canada
    • British Columbia Supreme Court of British Columbia (Canada)
    • June 17, 2014
    ...carbon copies indicating a copy of the signature of the testator, have been probated: See ( Re Dreger, 1982 CarswellNWT 6, 13 E.T.R. 212, 38 A.R. 44 (N.T.S.C.), Cunningham v. Pioneer Ranch, 1985 CarsewellAlta 635, 61 A.R. 96 (Alta Q.B.) [74] As well, in the nineteenth century decision of Su......
  • Green Estate, Re, (2001) 300 A.R. 54 (QB)
    • Canada
    • Alberta Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta (Canada)
    • September 20, 2001
    ...60 (C.A.), leave to appeal refused (1986), 69 N.R. 79; 48 Sask.R. 160 (S.C.C.), refd to. [para. 54, footnote 26]. Dreger Estate, Re (1982), 38 A.R. 44; 13 E.T.R. 212 (N.W.T.S.C.), refd to. [para. 57, footnote Behie Estate, Re (1977), 24 N.S.R.(2d) 1; 35 A.P.R. 1 (C.A.), affing. (1977), 23 N......

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