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Eldon Foote’s Domicile on May 17, 2004

Those interested in lengthy discussions of the law of domicile might enjoy the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench’s odyssey undertaken to determine where the late Eldon Foote died domiciled (available here).  The decision is over 100 pages long.  Spoiler alert – the answer is Norfolk Island, an external territory of Australia located in the south Pacific Ocean.  Other options considered but rejected were Alberta and British Columbia.  The court sets out the applicable legal principles over some 23 pages, providing a useful summary of the law of domicile in common law Canada.  The reasons then contain extended discussion of whether, at various points in his life, Mr. Foote had changed his domicile.