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03
JAN
2017

What Happens to Your Social Media Accounts When You Die?

Every day, we save, post and share documents and photos electronically through various electronic accounts: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+, Outlook, Dropbox just to name a few.  Many people also participate in the electronic marketplace on websites...
22
NOV
2016

Don’t Forget About Your Pets in Will

Have you considered naming your pet as a beneficiary in your will?  One of the most controversial and high-profile cases of putting a pet in a will was in 2007, when U.S. billionaire Leona Helmsley left her dog, a white Maltese named Trouble, a $12-million (U.S.) trust fund. Her...
26
SEP
2016

When Should You Make a Will?

A will is a legal instrument which sets out how your estate (including both your assets and liabilities) will be distributed upon your death.  If you pass away without a validly executed will, your estate will be distributed in accordance with the default “intestacy” rules set...
09
JUN
2015

What does my Will have to look like, and can I just write it myself?

In our very first blog post titled “Can I just write where I want my stuff to go on a napkin” on January 18th, 2013 we discussed the form and execution requirements of valid wills. Since that post, the Wills, Estates and Succession Act, SBC 2009, c 13 (“WESA”) came into force in...
31
MAR
2015

WESA One Year Later – Changes in the Wills legislation and the impacts on your Will

The Wills, Estates and Succession Act SBC 2009, c. 13 (“WESA”) came into force one year ago (March 31, 2014) and drastically overhauled B.C.’s wills & estates legislative framework.  One of the questions we get asked most often is whether a Will signed...
29
DEC
2014

No Executor or no Will, who administers the estate?

What happens if there is no named executor in a Will? How does the estate get administered if there is no one named to do it? If a Will has properly been drafted, the probate judge will almost always appoint the executor named in the Will. However, situations and unforeseen...
03
NOV
2014

What does an Advance Directive do?

In our last article, we spoke about the temporary substitute decision maker that is appointed under the Health Care Consent and Care Facility Admission Act.  This article focuses on Advance Directives, which became a legal document in BC as of September 1, 2011, when the Health...
28
OCT
2014

What happens when I can’t make my own health care decisions?

You have your Will and your Power of Attorney – what else do you need for your estate plan? Your attorney, pursuant to your power of attorney can do anything you need them to do right?  Unfortunately, the one thing a power of attorney can’t do for you is make health...
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...
17
MAR
2014

What does a Will Do for You?

The B.C. Government has recently announced that March 31 to April 6, 2014 is “Make-a-Will Week” (http://www.ag.gov.bc.ca/make-a-will/) in B.C. in order to encourage the public to write their will or bring an existing out of date Will up to date. According to a 2010...