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Can a Will Be Changed Without the Executor Knowing?

Disclaimer: The contents of this blog are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. While you don’t necessarily have to inform your executor of any potential changes to your will, it is not recommended. Wills are fundamental tools in estate planning that allow you to maintain control over your legacy. A […]

Can a Will be Changed After Death in British Columbia?

Do you want to ensure that your loved ones are adequately provided for when you die? Preparing a will creates peace of mind, knowing that your affairs are in order and that your family members will be taken care of. If you die without a will, you have no control over who administers your estate […]

What Assets Are Not Subject To Probate In BC?

The issue of probate can be confusing. When you are preparing your Will or thinking about your getting your estate plan in place, you will almost certainly have questions surrounding BC probate. Will a probate application be needed? How much are BC probate fees? Are there steps you can take to reduce probate fees or […]

Judge Rectifies Error from an “Accidental Slip” in BC Will

Can a BC Will be “corrected” if it contains an accidental slip or omission? In Jamt Estate (Re), 2021 BCSC 788 it was not noticed until after the will-maker’s death that the Will may have misstated the middle name of the sole beneficiary. Who should inherit the deceased’s estate: the deceased’s nephew (“Per Martin Jamt”) […]

Charitable Gift in BC Will Leads to Estate Litigation

Many people leave gifts to charitable organizations in their Wills. BC sisters in Galloway Estate v. British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 2021 BCSC 413 did just that. Each sister left her estate to the benefit of the other during her lifetime, with the residue to be divided into shares and […]
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