Making a Will is relatively easy and provides powerful peace of mind. Yet many BC residents don’t have a Will in place. Recent statistics suggest that only 50% of adults in British Columbia have a valid, up-to-date Will. What happens in British Columbia if someone dies without a Will? The legal implications of “dying intestate” […]
A classic example of an estranged child being left out of a will is the case of LeVierge v. Whieldon. In this dispute, a daughter contested her exclusion from her mother’s will, arguing that their estrangement was not a valid reason for her disinheritance.The BC court did not accept the daughter’s characterization of her relationship […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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