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- Who Caused the Estrangement that led Father to Disinherit Daughter?
In cases where a parent disinherits an adult child, the BC courts will examine the relationship between the parent and child and consider a number of factors, including the reason for the disinheritance. While an application to vary a will is not intended as a tool to award compensation for past mis … Read more »
- Overprovision for Daughter Tantamount to Disinheriting Other Children in BC Will
Two of three children sought variation of their late mother’s will in McBride v. Voth, 2010 BCSC 443, arguing that their mother failed to make adequate provision for them. Unlike most BC wills variation claims, there was no history of maltreatment by the will-maker or by any of her children, or of a … Read more »
- BC Wills Variation: Considering the Reasons for Disinheriting Family Members
Can a BC will-maker disinherit a family member? Can parents treat their adult children unequally in their will, leaving a nominal gift to one child and the lion’s share of their estate to another? The answer is not always straightforward. When it comes to consideration of a will-maker’s reasons for … Read more »
- Can a Suicide Note be a Valid Will?
In certain circumstances a handwritten document can be effective as a valid will, as our Vancouver estate lawyers have discussed. Similarly, under the right conditions, a handwritten document that does not meet formal requirements can effectively change a will. What about a handwritten suicide note? … Read more »
- Special Costs Granted from the Estate in Protracted BC Committeeship Proceedings
In BC, a committee can be appointed on application to the Supreme Court to make personal, legal, or financial decisions for an adult who is found to be mentally incapable. We recently discussed the issue of who pays the legal costs of a committeeship application. The general rule is that a successfu … Read more »