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Can my Dad’s Girlfriend Contest his Will in BC?

Losing a loved one is one of the most challenging experiences anyone can go through. Unfortunately, after a person passes away, their assets and belongings must be distributed among their surviving relatives according to their will. In cases where the deceased did not leave a will, the rules of intestate succession dictate how the estate […]

Common Law Partner Rights After Death in BC

The loss of a loved one is a difficult and emotional experience, and it can be made even more challenging if you’re unsure of your legal rights as a common law partner. In British Columbia, inheritance laws provide some protection for common law spouses who have been left behind after their partner’s death. But when […]

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 […]

Will Not Updated Post-Separation, But Former Spouse Still Inherits Ex’s Estate

When married or common-law partners cease to be spouses, s. 56(2) of the Wills, Estates and Succession Act, S.B.C. 2009, c. 13 (“WESA”) automatically revokes testamentary gifts to one’s former spouse. The effect of s. 56(2) is that an ex-spouse is disinherited. But in some situations, that is not what is intended. In Jacobson Estate […]
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