Under British Columbia’s Family Law Act, the rule of thumb is that all ‘family property’ will be divided equally between spouses when they separate. There are obvious exceptions to this rule, which will be covered in a future blog, but that does beg the question was is ‘family property? The easiest way to answer that … Continued
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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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