Getting Judgy

It’s easy to criticise the judiciary when a result doesn’t go your way in Court, but being a Judge may be a little harder than it first appears.

It’s necessary to weigh, often numerous, competing positions before coming to a reasoned decision. So this month we thought we’d try something a little different and put you in the hot seat as the Judge.

Have a read through the facts below. If you can believe it, this is actually based on a true case from Newfoundland. It’s been turned into a work of fiction, and all names have been changed of course, but the basic story is still there.

Comment below with how you’d handle this situation if you were the Judge and we’ll let you know the actual verdict in 48 hours time.

Disclaimer :

Although we are a law firm, this blog post does not constitute legal advice. It is for informational or entertainment purposes only and shouldn’t be seen as financial or legal advice of any kind. You should consult with a lawyer before relying on any of the information contained in this blog post. We can be contacted at (403) 981 0700 to set up a consultation with one of our lawyers who can review the specific circumstances of your matter and provide you with personalised legal advice.

The Verdict:

“It’s valid” the Judge said. “Milos’ intent was to support the larger cause of his Greek Orthodox religion, not to punish Athena. If the condition had been that Athena not marry at all, that would have been unlawful. But reasonable restrictions on marriage are valid.

What do you think about that verdict? Adding conditions to an inheritance can bring with it some challenges. If you have something similar in mind, we’d be happy to discuss the merits with you at a will intake appointment.