Family, Estates & Trusts 


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Unsigned Will Given Effect Despite Fluctuating Mental State of Will-Maker

In this article we will discuss important points from Gibb Estate (Re), 2021 BCSC 2461 on mental capacity, validity of wills, and the court’s duty to give effect to a deceased’s intentions whenever possible. While in the hospital after suffering a heart attack, a BC man named John Gibb requested that his lawyer prepare […]

No Posthumous Removal or Use of Reproductive Material Without Consent

Can human reproductive material removed from a deceased donor who had not given prior written consent to its removal or use be used to create embryos to allow his partner to have a child fathered by him? The definitive answer is no, per the BC Court of Appeal in L.T. v. D.T. Estate, 2020 BCCA […]

Vancouver Estate Lawyers Discuss Competing Claims to Insurance Proceeds

In some cases, the deceased’s estate has no significant assets and the real contest centres on entitlement to insurance proceeds. In a recent post, our Vancouver estate lawyers discussed the difference between a revocable and an irrevocable beneficiary designation in a life insurance policy. As alluded to in that post, an irrevocable beneficiary designation is […]
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BC Estate Litigation Determines Authenticity of Handwritten Change to Will

Can a handwritten document purporting to change a will be given legal effect via BC estate litigation? Section 58 of WESA is a broad curative provision. It provides the court with the discretion to validate a document which has not been made in compliance with the formalities of will-making and allow it to be admitted to probate, if satisfied that the document “represents the testamentary intentions of the will-maker.”

Onyx Law in CBC news

Onyx Law Group seeks justice for its clients and prides itself on its high level of service and expertise. We are privileged to be able to represent the intestate heirs in the Gosta Hjukstrom estate litigation. Read more about the case in the article entitled “Deceased’s millionaire’s family sues after DNA test reveals heir isn’t […]

Onyx Law Group Friends and Family Event, April 14, 2018

With excitement and anticipation the 9 lawyers and their support staff hosted the “6 Year Anniversary” Friends and Family Celebration of Onyx Law Group last Saturday, April 14, 2018. Approximately 120 guests were treated to all the bells and whistles overlooking the Vancouver skyline from the Scotia tower in beautiful downtown Vancouver. Hosts and founders […]
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