Having a wills and estates lawyer by your side when drafting a will ensures that your assets are protected. Without a will, you have no control over the division of your family assets or the guardianship of your children—so why take the risk with something so important? While the law may allow an informal document … Continued
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An experienced estate lawyer can have a huge impact on an estate dispute. Tensions can often run high, and when they do, having an estate lawyer can mean the difference between a successful resolution and a costly one. About Estate Disputes Proper will and estate planning can often avoid conflicts from occurring, which is why … Continued
If you have been a homeowner for a number of years, you are probably quite familiar with having to pay your property taxes and/or utilities every year. But everyone can benefit from a refresher. Property Taxes Property taxes are a primary source of income for cities and municipalities to help fund services like police, fire … Continued
In BC, a person making a Will appoints one or more persons to be an executor of a Will-maker’s estate. The executor of a Will is the person who is to carry out the instructions and wishes of the Will-maker as they set out in the Will. In general, the executor gathers in all the … Continued
YES! In Shopyk Estate, 2017 BCSC 2335, the validity of handwritten notes was brought to question during the estate litigation. A Deceased made a Will in 1995 which gave different shares to each of his two siblings and three nieces and nephews as residual beneficiaries. The Deceased became ill and prior to his death, told … Continued
In our experience in handling estate litigation claims in Coquitlam, we’ve come across our share of succession story conundrums. Here’s a unique one: Can you change your Will after it’s signed by “whiting out” or crossing out the name of a beneficiary? Under the right circumstances, the answer is: Yes. This is a question the … Continued
Prior to her death, but after the estrangement with her daughters had ended, Mary visited her in-laws. Mary told her in-laws that “When I go, the girls will be in for a real shock, ha, ha, they don’t know that the house will be sold by the lawyer, and he will look after everything”. Her … Continued
Introduction There is an old adage that goes “you can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family.” Friendship is an association by choice, while family is an association through birth. The law treats them differently. And in a passing observation, the law regulates the association through the happy accident of birth much more … Continued
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