Tag Archives: wills and estates

You may have a Spouse even if you think you don’t

When my clients ask me about what problems might arise with the way they want to distribute their estates, I tell them that it’s often not blood relatives but in-laws that create the problems. A recent judgment of the British Columbia … Continue reading

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Where there is (not quite) a Will

Since the Wills Estate and Succession Act (the “WESA”) came into effect in March of 2014, we have waiting to see what the courts would do with the new provision, Section 58, allowing judges to decide whether a document that … Continue reading

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BC Court of Appeal Upholds “living will” Decision

I wrote about this sad case about a year ago, after the Supreme Court of BC denied the request of Mrs. Bentley’s family to have the care home where she lives stop feeding her and allow her to die. This time, … Continue reading

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How does the new Wills Estates and Succession Act affect your estate planning? 

Effective March 31, 2014, British Columbians have a new set of laws that govern both the making of Wills and the management of an estate after a person dies.  The Wills Estates and Succession Act (the “WESA”) and the new … Continue reading

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“All I need is a simple will”

How much does a will cost? Under the heading “Frequently Asked Questions”, this is probably number one in my practise. As a lawyer, I am most likely going to answer “that depends”, but today I am going to try to … Continue reading

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Probate, Explained

As an estate and wills lawyer, I am often asked to explain, what is Probate? PROBATE, from the Latin probatio, means “the proof of a will”. It is the process by which a will is proven to be valid or invalid. … Continue reading

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Financial Elder Abuse and Bullying

As an estate lawyer, I see a lot of really strange things. I see children arguing in front of the their parents (still living) about who deserves what out of the estate. I see other children struggling with how to … Continue reading

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