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Category: Family Law


Inheritance Laws for Separated but Not Divorced Couples in British Columbia

When going through a separation, spouses must divide property accumulated during their marriage. It can be challenging to sort through property rights and determine who is entitled to what. It gets even more challenging when inheritance issues arise after separation but before divorce. Our knowledgeable family law lawyers and estate law lawyers can provide you with valuable […]
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Can Siblings Sue Over Inheritance in British Columbia?

After your parent passes, the last thing you want to face is inheritance disputes among family members. But such disputes are quite common. A brother or sister feels they didn’t get their rightful inheritance from their parent’s estate. Siblings feel cheated because most or all of their parent’s estate was left to someone else, such […]

When Does Inheritance Become Marital Property?

British Columbia’s law entails dividing family property or marital property and joint debts equally between spouses, known as net family property, unless such division would be unjust. According to the Family Law Act, inheritance funds received from third parties are typically categorized as excluded from marital property, which means they are generally not subject to […]

How Does Inheritance Get Split in Divorce?

While divorces can be emotionally and physically very stressful, it is essential to understand the legal nuances of an inheritance amidst a divorce to guarantee a fair and just allocation of assets and to effectively safeguard your rights. The general rule in British Columbia is that family property and joint debt, that is the net […]
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Divorce in BC: Everything You Need To Know About Family Law

Divorce in BC can be a stressful and emotionally challenging process. Whether you’re thinking about divorce or already in the middle of proceedings, you may be facing difficult decisions that will have a significant impact on your future. Issues related to finances, child custody, and relocation can add to the complexity of the situation. If […]

How to Prove Inheritance Theft in British Columbia

When a loved one passes away, it is an extremely devastating time for any family. After taking the necessary time to heal, and honor their life, friends and family must turn their attention to administering the deceased’s estate. The last thing on your mind would be whether someone else, be it a family member or […]

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 […]

Recovery of Stolen Inheritance in British Columbia

Disclaimer: The contents of this blog are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Before a person passes away, they often prepare a will or trust that dictates how their assets are to be distributed after their death, be it to their family members and/or friends, known as the will’s or […]

Joint Family Ventures

In a recent Alberta case involving a wife’s claim to farm property, the court allowed a wife’s unjust enrichment claim, finding that the common-law spouses had been involved in a “joint family venture” and that the husband was enriched by the wife’s provision of domestic services, child rearing, and farm help during the couple’s 14 […]
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Trusts and Estate Planning

You’ve worked hard and built assets over your lifetime. Now you are starting to think about your financial legacy. What is the best way to protect assets, provide support for family members, and ensure your wishes are followed? People have a Will but often don’t consider trusts. Many people hesitate when it comes to trusts, […]
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