Family, Estates & Trusts 


Category: Wills Variation

Can a Notary Probate a Will in BC?

Estate planning is an essential part of preparing for the future, and one question that often arises is whether a notary can prepare a will in British Columbia. The answer is yes, but with certain limitations. In a recent case, Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia v. Law Society of British Columbia, 2017 BCCA […]

Unequal Inheritance Between Siblings in Canada – Case Study

In Canada, the question of whether an inheritance should be distributed equally between siblings has been a subject of legal debate. In British Columbia, for example, the case of Grewal v. Litt showcased a situation where an unequal inheritance between siblings led to a legal challenge. This article discusses the implications of this case, addressing […]

How Long Do You Have to Contest a Will in BC?

There are many reasons to contest a Will. You may want to contest a Will if you have been disinherited, received much less than your siblings, or if you suspect the Will does not represent the true wishes of the deceased person. You can contest a Will in BC to seek justice and ensure your […]

How Long Does Probate Take in BC?

Immediately after a loved one’s death, you are dealing with complex emotions while planning a funeral and trying to find their Will. What comes next? How are estate assets handled, and who oversees the deceased’s estate? The estate administration process can be complex and intimidating. This article is intended to increase your understanding of probate […]

Wills and Succession Act BC: A Comprehensive Guide

How do you know if a Will is valid? Can anything be done to fix an invalid Will? What happens if a loved one dies without a Will? What are the probate rules in BC? Can you challenge a Will if you’ve been disinherited? Answers to these important legal questions are found in BC’s Wills, […]

How to Contest a Will in British Columbia

Have you been unpleasantly surprised by what a loved one’s Will says? Do you suspect that a family member’s Will does not reflect their true wishes? You can contest a Will in BC to seek justice and ensure your loved one’s true wishes are respected. Read on for important information and answers to common questions […]

Interim Distribution of an Estate

If you are a beneficiary who is waiting for the outcome of a wills variation claim, you may be facing the frustrating prospect of having your rightful share of the estate tied up in legal proceedings for months or even years. The good news is that interim distribution is possible, even while the litigation is […]

Odds of Winning Contesting a Will

Contesting a will can be a difficult and emotional process, but for some, it may be the only way to seek justice and ensure that their loved one’s final wishes are honored. In this article, we will explore the process of contesting a will, including the odds of winning, the grounds for contesting a will, […]

Wills Variation Act in British Columbia

The Wills Variation Act in British Columbia allows spouses and children to contest a will in certain circumstances, ensuring that they are provided for even if they have been unfairly left out. But what if a will-maker has disinherited a family member or treated beneficiaries unequally? Inconsistency can arise in determining the will-maker’s reasons for […]
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Is A Handwritten Will Legal in British Columbia? (Case Study)

When it comes to distributing a loved one’s assets, the legality of a handwritten will can be a source of dispute in British Columbia. But just how valid is a handwritten note left behind? The recent Skopyk Estate, 2017 BCSC case put this question to the test, as the court was tasked with determining the […]
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