Touchstone Law Group LLP
#208 – 1664 Richter Street
Kelowna, B.C., V1Y 8N3
Office Tel: (250) 448-2637
Toll Free: 1 (855) 889-2637
Direct Fax: (778) 484-7101
info@touchstonelawgroup.com
19
FEB
2018

Introduction to Probate Fees

In most circumstances, a grant of probate (or administration) from the Supreme Court of British Columbia will be required to distribute your estate. The Probate Fee Act of British Columbia requires the payment of a “probate fee” if the value of the estate exceeds $25,000. In this...
13
DEC
2017

Do-It-Yourself Will Kits

Occasionally, we see wills that have been created with Do-It-Yourself Will Kits found online or at various retail stores.  While these “DIY wills” may seem like a good idea to quickly and cheaply draft a will, they often create more problems than they solve. Firstly, DIY wills...
16
NOV
2017

Multiple Wills

While most people have one will to address how they would like their assets to be distributed upon their death, it is also possible to create multiple wills that do not revoke one another.  In certain circumstances, the multiple wills strategy can be an effective tool for dealing...
16
OCT
2017

Choosing your Attorney, Executor and Representative

Choosing who to appoint as your attorney, executor and representative in your estate planning documents is one of the most important decisions you must make during the process of creating your estate plan. The most important thing is to choose someone you trust with the powers...
20
MAR
2017

Prior Consent to Physician Assisted Death

Since the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Carter v. Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 5 (“Carter”),  many of our clients are interested in discussing the impact of that decision on their future health care planning.  Many of our clients want to know whether they could...
06
MAR
2017

Appointment of Guardians

Several of our clients first start thinking about estate planning after the birth of their first child (or second or third child).  One of their biggest concerns is who will look after their children in the event that they pass away? Or, who will look after their children should...
07
FEB
2017

Appointment of Guardians

Several of our clients first start thinking about estate planning after the birth of their first child (or second or third child).  One of their biggest concerns is who will look after their children in the event that they pass away? Or, who will look after their children should...
16
JAN
2017

New Year Review

I don’t know about you, but by the 3rd week of January the turkey effect (and chocolate effect) has finally started to wear off and I become motived and energized to start preparing for the new year.  What do I want to accomplish this year? What can I accomplish this year?  What...
20
JAN
2015

Health Care Decision Making – Representation Agreements

This is the final article of our 3 part health care series addressing the options available to you if you lose capacity to make your own health care decisions. It is very important to be aware that your Power of Attorney does not have the authority to make health care decisions...
24
MAR
2014

Can I leave my Estate to Anyone?

We are often asked who a person can leave their estate to in their Wills and whether they can leave it to anyone they choose. The short answer is yes, but, with certain conditions! An overriding principle in wills and estate legislation is testamentary freedom – meaning a...
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