CLE Event to Answer 100 Questions about a Will Challenge

CLE Event

LawyerLocate member, Charles Wagner of Wagner Sidlofsky LLP, is one of more than a dozen lawyers presenting at the annual B’nai Brith seminar. This year’s program answers 100 questions about a will challenge.

B’nai Brith Canada’s 2015 Seminar

Genevieve Bertrand says this seminar will be in the format of a moot trial, drawing facts from actual cases to highlight issues of will challenges.

“In this hypothetical scenario, an illiterate elderly woman who only speaks Russian and Yiddish makes a will. Her unemployed son persuades his mother to transfer her home to him and make a new will that disinherits his sister. At the time the will was made, the mother suffered from Alzheimer’s. The lawyer who took instructions and saw to the execution of the will met with her twice and only spent 10 minutes translating the document to her. While under the care of her son, she drove her car into a pole resulting in irreversible brain damage. The moot court will highlight issues including capacity, undue influence, solicitor’s negligence and the feasibility of a will challenge while the testator is still alive.”

Clare Burns says the seminar will also educate attendees on the closing argument in the context of a will challenge.

“By hearing their closing arguments, attendees will learn how skillful trial lawyers artfully present their closing arguments by telling their respective clients’ narrative together with an analysis of the law.”

Other topics that will be covered include capacity, undue influence, solicitor’s negligence, the feasibility of a will challenge while the testator is still alive, and more.

2015 Event Details


Tuesday, June 2, 2015


Registration & Breakfast: 7:30 am
Seminar: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm


Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue

470 Glencairn Avenue Toronto, Ontario M5N 1V8


$100 plus taxes


To register for this event please contact Elyse Gruenspan
Telephone: 416-633-6224 x 109

B’nai Brith Canada’s 2015 Seminar Sponsors


This Continued Legal Education program is eligible for substantive CPD hours. Don’t forget to report your CPD hours after the event.

2015 Presenters

B’nai Brith Canada’s 2015 Seminar Presenters

Speakers from Wagner Sidlofsky LLP:

Speakers from Hull & Hull LLP:

Speakers from Whaley Estate Litigation:

Speakers from Dentons Canada LLP:

Speaker from WeirFoulds LLP:

Speaker from Scotia Private Client Group:

Speaker from Goddard Gamage Stephens LLP:

Speaker from Torkin Manes LLP:

Speaker from Sunnybrook Research Institute:

From Rosh Kollel, YU Kollel, Toronto:


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