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Beneficiaries as a witness to a will: The impact and effect of Section 43 of the WESA

30 juillet 2020 | Alexander Swabuk

In order for a will to be valid, a will must meet certain formal requirements. These requirements, often referred to as “testamentary formalities,” are relatively standard throughout the common-law world and relatively well-known. In particular, a valid will in British...

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Contesting a Will – overview

23 juillet 2020 | Christopher Crisman-Cox

This posting provides an overview of some common grounds on which to challenge a Will. Each of the topics mentioned in this post is worthy of a separate, more in-depth article, and we will keep updating this article with the...

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Commiteeship under the PPA: Criteria for selection

16 juillet 2020 | Alexander Swabuk

In British Columbia, the Patients Property Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 349 (the “PPA”) sets out the legislative framework and authority for an individual to apply for the right to manage an incapable person’s personal and financial affairs. Section 6 of...

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Committee applications: Duties and costs

9 juillet 2020 | Alexander Swabuk, Kelsey Sherriff

There is a presumption at law that every adult is capable of making decisions. As a society, we take this presumption seriously in ensuring our rights are not unnecessarily taken from us and that we have autonomy concerning our own...

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Executor compensation – part 2: How does an executor properly take compensation?

2 juillet 2020 | Christopher Crisman-Cox

In Part 1 of this series on executor compensation, we looked at what is an appropriate amount for an executor to receive in compensation for their work for the Estate. In this post, we look at the proper method for...

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Executor compensation – part 1: How much?

25 juin 2020 | Christopher Crisman-Cox

Generally speaking, an executor of an Estate will be entitled to some amount of compensation for their time and effort. Unfortunately, the specific amount of compensation has the potential to become a contentious issue. The beneficiaries may feel that the...

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Spousal claims against estates: The utility and impact of domestic contracts

18 juin 2020 | Alexander Swabuk

Although marriage is often regarded as a rite of passage that carries with it intense societal significance, a recent survey reported by Statistics Canada has revealed that 41% of all married couples in Canada will either separate or divorce before...

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Challenging a Will based on undue influence

11 juin 2020 | Christopher Crisman-Cox

A Will is not valid if it is the result of « undue influence », but what exactly does that mean? Before going to court to challenge a Will on this basis, it is important to look closely at what exactly qualifies...

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COVID-19 and the suspension of limitation periods in British Columbia: Possible implications for the distribution of an estate and ongoing estate litigation

4 juin 2020 | Alexander Swabuk

On March 19, 2020, the Supreme Court of British Columbia suspended regular operations to protect the health and safety of court users and to help contain the spread of COVID-19. All civil and family matters scheduled for hearing between March...

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What is probate?

28 mai 2020 | Christopher Crisman-Cox

Many people are confused by the term “probate”. They likely know it is connected to Wills in some way, but they do not know exactly what it is, and why it is required. In essence, “probate” refers to the process...

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