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
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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
Most of us assume when making our will that the terms we write down will be carried out in accordance with our wishes and that our assets will be distributed to those people we name. This, however, is not up always the case. Under the Wills and Succession Act, [SBC 2009] Chapter 13, ( WESA), … Continued
While there are several different scenarios that can lead to a person being disinherited by a parent, the end result is always the same: hurt and confusion. No one expects to find themselves in a disinheritance situation, and it often comes as an added shock during an already difficult time. However, if you’ve been disinherited, … Continued
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