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Common Law Partner Rights After Death in BC

According to inheritance laws in BC, a common law spouse automatically has a right to share in the estate if their partner dies without a will. When do romantic partners become common law spouses? A couple can be in a long-term relationship but not cohabiting. They may be living together, but not in a “marriage‑like […]

BC Estate Litigation FAQ: Can a handwritten document alter an earlier will?

A handwritten document can be effective as a will or codicil to a will if the court is satisfied that the document is a deliberate or fixed and final expression of the deceased’s intention as to the disposal of property upon death. Testamentary intention means more than an expression of how a person would like […]

Estate of BC Biker Divided Between His Wife and “Secret” Common-Law Spouse

A Hells Angels prospect led a double life, leaving a “complicated legacy” after his disappearance and murder. Michael Widner maintained two separate households for almost a decade before his death in 2017. It was alleged that he earned large sums of cash from drug dealing and marijuana grow operations, which he used to fund both […]
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