Touchstone Law Group LLP
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Estate Planning For A Blended Family

  The typical construct of a modern family is increasingly becoming, more often than not, blended families. If you are one of the many with a blended family and considering creating or updating your succession or estate plan, it is important to discuss your family dynamic with...

The Probate and Estate Administration Process: How to Prepare Your Listing of Estate Assets and Liabilities

  Probate is the legal process in which a deceased’s will is reviewed by a court of law to determine whether it is valid and authentic. It is also related to the general administration of a deceased’s estate. Estate Administration refers to the legal process of administering and...

Does the Will Govern all a Person’s Assets?

  We are often asked how it works with a person’s assets after their death.  Are all the assets dealt with by the Will and administered by their executor?  In other words, do all their assets fall into their estate? The short and simple (and favourite) answer is – not...

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...

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...

What is a Life Estate?

When helping clients create their customized estate plan, we are often dealing with the scenario of a blended family.  A blended family is a family where the couple’s children (or some of the children) were born from a previous relationship. A blended family can face some tough...

Do you have to act as Executor?

An executor is a person named in a will who is responsible carrying out the terms of the will.  Generally speaking, this means taking control of a deceased’s persons assets when they pass away, and distributing their estate according to the terms in their will.  Hopefully if you...

Can I just write where I want my stuff to go on a napkin?

Your will does not have to be anything fancy. Napkin Wills can be held up as valid so long as the formalities of the Wills Act (BC) are met, including those formalities respecting the execution of the will. For instance, you need two witnesses and neither of them can be a...