Category Archives: Law

Wills, Estates, Trusts, Planning

Using joint ownership as an estate planning tool: getting it wrong

As a current TV ad points out, even kids know it’s wrong to take back something once you give it away.  Legally, though, it’s not that clear, especially when it comes to wills and joint ownership.  This is why a … Continue reading

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No, I think you meant to say this…

As we have discussed, there are fewer topics in the field of wills and trusts litigation that incite more outrage than the idea that the court can vary your will after your death. But the corollary from that concept is … Continue reading

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You want me to be your executor????

So your bff is going for a cruise up the Amazon, and has finally decided to make a will. She wants to honour you by appointing you executor. Party time? Or time to run for the hills? I say unless … Continue reading

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Bequeathing the rights to your posthumous hologram self

This may not be the most practical of our posts. Not everybody reading this will become totally famous, die and have their friends reincarnate them as a hologram. But keep dreaming. You never know. I was one of the bewildered … Continue reading

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Leggo my logo!

A very important part of business succession planning, which is often over-looked or ignored, is the issue of who owns the intellectual property that the business is built on.  You may not think your company owns any intellectual property of … Continue reading

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Thwarted Philanthropy (Part 2)

This is the second in a series of posts where Darren Stewart discusses the law with regard to making specific bequests in your will to charitable recipients and how such bequests can be challenged by your children. Later, Maria Holman … Continue reading

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Thwarted Philanthropy

In this series of posts, Darren Stewart will discuss the law with regard to making specific bequests in your will to charitable recipients and how such bequests can be challenged by your children. Later, Maria Holman will discuss some estate … Continue reading

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Preparing for a Cloudy day: Death, Passwords and other Assets

Not long ago a colleague forwarded a link to me for an article written by an Australian lawyer  The article is titled “Who Gets my Passwords When I Die” and it got me thinking about all the information I own that … Continue reading

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When Laws Collide, Part 2

In my previous post on this case, Easingwood v. Cockroft, 2011 BCSC 1154 I promised to outline the  judge’s analysis of the facts. To recap, here are the parties: Reg Easingwood (the deceased, died Sept 2009) Kay Easingwood, married Reg in … Continue reading

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Business Succession Planning Statistics

When people start a business they are usually full of optimism and positive energy for the future. They really don’t want to focus on anything negative. But the reality is, bad things happen to good people, and failing to plan … Continue reading

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