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21
APR
2020

COVID-19 At Home Project Ideas – Wills and Estates

  Many British Columbians are currently at home due to self-isolation, mandatory quarantine or lay offs and in search of projects to pass the time. Believe it or not, there are a number of projects related to your legal affairs that you can tackle from the comfort of your own...
18
FEB
2020

Incapacity Planning

  This article discusses three commonly used incapacity planning documents: Power of Attorney, Representation Agreement and Advance Directive. Power of Attorney A Power of Attorney (“POA”) is a legal document that allows you to give legal authority to a trusted person (yo...
03
FEB
2020

Introduction to Wills Variation Claims

  Under the British Columbia Wills, Estates and Succession Act (“WESA”), a spouse or child has the right to challenge the distribution of assets set out in a deceased’s will.  This is called a “wills variation claim”, and the right to bring such a claim is...
16
DEC
2019

What Happens If a Property Owner Loses Capacity?

  A person must have “capacity” in order to enter into a legally binding contract with respect to land. Two of the most common contracts with respect to real estate include a Contract of Purchase and Sale which is used to purchase or sell real estate or a Residential Tenancy...
15
JUL
2019

Probating a Copy of a Will

  Creating proper estate planning documents is an important step in ensuring that your wishes are carried out upon your death. Equally as important, however, is ensuring that your estate planning documents are kept in a secure, safe place, so that your executor can access the...
06
MAY
2019

Help! I am an executor of an estate – what do I do with digital assets?

  Digital Assets? What are those? In the words of Wikipedia, a digital asset is anything that exists in a binary format and comes with the right to use.  Digital assets include but are not exclusive to: digital documents, audible content, motion picture, and other relevant...
01
APR
2019

What Happens If a Co-Owner of Real Estate Dies?

  It is common for two or more individuals to own real estate together as co-owners. Before purchasing real estate with another individual it is important to consider what will happen if you or one of the other co-owners passes away. In this article we will discuss what happens...
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...
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