Court-ordered timelines must be respected, even in a pandemic: A discussion of Lima v Ventura (Estate of), 2020 ONSC 3278

COVID-19 has changed many aspects of the legal process in Ontario. However, procedural timelines set out in court orders remain in effect and any attempt to vary them still requires a strong evidentiary record. In the recent decision of Lima v Ventura (Estate of), 2020 ONSC 3278, an applicant attempted to extend a court-ordered deadline for his purchase of the deceased’s home. However, the applicant’s failure to present “persuasive evidence” in support of the request led to a resounding denial by the court and a clear reminder that court-ordered timelines are to be respected.

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Kathryn McCulloch

About Kathryn McCulloch

Kathryn's clients range from Fortune 500 and multi-national corporations to start-up companies and individuals. With a strategic focus on reaching early resolution to claims, Kathryn looks to achieve timely resolution of disputes through alternative dispute resolution tools, including formal and informal mediation. Kathryn’s key areas of practice and knowledge include aviation, drone (RPAS) regulation, banking, estates, commercial leasing and oppression actions.

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