Krystyne Rusek is a Member of the Estate Litigation Group and Will, Estates & Trusts Practice.
Krystyne specializes in estate litigation, acting for both individuals and trust companies in disputes involving estates, trusts and powers of attorney. Her practice encompasses Will challenges, dependant support claims, fiduciary accountings, estate trustee removal and replacement, trust claims and disputes, guardianship applications and power of attorney disputes. She regularly appears before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and has appeared at the Ontario Court of Appeal.
Krystyne also assists clients in resolving their disputes, whether through court proceedings or alternative dispute resolution, in a conscientious and cost-effective manner.
In 2012, Krystyne was co-counsel in a leading predatory marriage case Juzumas v. Baron, in which an elderly Lithuanian man was financially targeted by his caregiver. The caregiver was able to manipulate Mr. Juzumas into marrying her and transferring his home to her son. Acting with the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, Krystyne was successful in voiding the transfer of the house on the basis of unconscionability and undue influence. Krystyne and her co-counsel were also successful in defending the caregiver’s claim for equalization and quantum meruit.
In addition to her experience in estate litigation, Krystyne has a comprehensive background in different areas of law, including estate planning and administration, estate conveyancing, real estate and not-for-profit and charities law.