Winter Estate, Re, (2001) 197 N.S.R.(2d) 385 (SC)

JudgeHood, J.
CourtSupreme Court of Nova Scotia (Canada)
Case DateMay 25, 2001
JurisdictionNova Scotia
Citations(2001), 197 N.S.R.(2d) 385 (SC);2001 NSSC 121

Winter Estate, Re (2001), 197 N.S.R.(2d) 385 (SC);

 616 A.P.R. 385

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Temp. Cite: [2001] N.S.R.(2d) TBEd. NO.001

In The Matter Of The Estate of Hilda Winter;

And In The Matter Of an Application pursuant to s. 31(2) of the Probate Act for an Order Removing Ivo Winter as Executor of the Estate of Hilda Winter and Appointing an Administrator.

(Probate No. 50348; 2001 NSSC 121)

Indexed As: Winter Estate, Re

Nova Scotia Supreme Court

Hood, J.

May 25, 2001.

Summary:

A mother died leaving an estate of $5,000,000 equally to her four children. One of the children was appointed executor of her estate. Another child applied under s. 31(2) of the Probate Act for an order remov­ing the executor and appointing an adminis­trator.

The Nova Scotia Supreme Court dismissed the application.

Executors and Administrators - Topic 384

Appointment, qualification and tenure - Removal and suspension - Conflict of interest - A mother died leaving four children as equal beneficiaries of her $5,000,000 estate - One son (Ivo) was appointed executor - A brother applied under the Probate Act to have Ivo removed as executor, alleging conflict of interest and hostility between the executor and the other beneficiaries - The Nova Scotia Supreme Court dismissed the application - Conflict of interest was not established and hostility between an executor and bene­ficiaries, by itself, was not sufficient to warrant removal - There was no evidence that the estate was not being properly administered or that the welfare of the beneficiaries was at risk.

Executors and Administrators - Topic 385

Appointment, qualification and tenure - Removal and suspension - Hostility between executor and beneficiaries - [See Executors and Administrators - Topic 384 ].

Cases Noticed:

MacCulloch (Bankrupt), Re (1991), 102 N.S.R.(2d) 147; 279 A.P.R. 147 (Prob. Ct.), refd to. [para. 14].

Martin, Re, [1978] 4 W.W.R. 515 (Sask. Surr. Ct.), refd to. [para. 18].

Meatyard, Re, [1903] P. 125, refd to. [para. 18].

Hunter v. Hunter, [1932] N.Z.L.R. 911 (C.A.), refd to. [para. 19].

Letterstedt v. Broers (1884), 9 App. Cas. 371, refd to. [para. 21].

Conroy v. Stokes, [1952] 4 D.L.R. 124, refd to. [para. 22].

Falk v. Dick, [1994] M.J. No. 748 (Q.B.), refd to. [para. 23].

Weil, Re, [1961] O.R. 888; 30 D.L.R.(2d) 91 (C.A.), refd to. [para. 24].

Stadelmier v. Hoffman (1986), 25 E.T.R. 174 (Ont. Surr. Ct.), refd to. [para. 27].

Owen, Re (1989), 33 E.T.R. 213 (B.C.S.C.), refd to. [para. 27].

Shaw (Walter W.) Co., Re, [1922] 3 W.W.R. 119 (Sask. K.B.), refd to. [para. 27].

Overstein v. Feldman, [1978] 2 E.T.R. 133 (Ont. H.C.J.), refd to. [para. 27].

Bowerman, Re (1978), 20 O.R.(2d) 374; 87 D.L.R.(3d) 597 (Surr. Ct.), refd to. [para. 29].

Statutes Noticed:

Probate Act, R.S.N.S. 1989, c. 359, sect. 31 [para. 13].

Authors and Works Noticed:

Jenkins and Scott, Duties of Estate Trustees, Guardians and Attorneys (2000), pp. 101 [para. 20]; 104 [para. 27].

Macdonell, Sheard and Hull, Probate Prac­tice (3rd Ed. 1981), generally [para. 15].

Macdonell, Sheard and Hull, Probate Prac­tice (4th Ed. 1996), p. 164 [para. 16].

Waters, D.W.M., The Law of Trusts in Canada (1974), p. 591 [para. 21].

Counsel:

David P.S. Farrar, for the Estate of Hilda Winter;

Thomas M. Macdonald, for Itta Winter;

Kevin A. MacDonald, for Igor Winter;

Peter M.S. Bryson, Q.C., for Ivo Winter, respondent.

This application was heard on April 25-30, 2001, at Halifax, N.S., before Hood, J., of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, who delivered the following judgment orally on May 25, 2001, with written release of the judgment on October 15, 2001.

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