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Available Expert - Funds set to be distributed after GoFundMe campaign for Humboldt raised $15.2 million

Monday, May 7, 2018

Queen’s University legal expert David Freedman is available to comment on the legal issues and concerns surrounding the Humboldt GoFundMe campaign which was created after the April 6 accident. The fundraiser raised $15.2 million in less than two weeks.

The cash is now being transferred to a new non-profit corporation called the Humboldt Broncos Memorial Fund Inc. Some of the family of the injured are saying the money should just be spilt evenly. In the United States, it is the law that 75 per cent of any money raised is split equally among families of those who have died. The rest goes to the injured – the most seriously injured receive more.

“This isn’t the first time this sort of issue has arisen,” says Professor Freedman, an expert in estate and trust law. “The difficulty arises when money is raised informally and then there is a need to formalize the situation, hopefully without litigation. There is no comparable approach in Canada.”

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