S 151 WESA – Court Allows Applicant to Sue as Executor

Werner v. McLean 2016 BCSC 1510 granted relief under S 151 WESA that the applicant be authorized to bring court action in the name of and sue on behalf of the personal representative of the estate as executor.   The court approval was in order to… Read more

Deceased Assets Vest In Executor

A deceased person’s assets vest in his or her executor or administrator after death. If an executor is removed or renounces the new executor/trustee then holds the assets in trust as they now vest with the new executor/trustee. Browne v Browne Estate 2015 BCSC 28,… Read more

Removal of Executor

 Re Kolic Estate 2016 BCSC 1312 contains an excellent summary on the criteria for the removal of executor.   In Kolic the court ordered the removal of executor for basically choosing sides in the litigation concerning the very will that she was to remain impartial… Read more

Executor Can Be Liable For Unaccounted Expenses

Jackson v King 2003 BCSC 328 is a good decision on a passing of accounts and held inter alia that an executor is entitled to be indemnified expect for unaccounted or excessive expenses for which the executor can be held personally liable.   The Court… Read more

Duties of Executor

  Duties of  Executor is an example of one of the many excellent publications that the Canadian bar Dial- A Lawyer library has for free public access. I have reprinted this article from the said library as it is an excellent summary of the daunting task… Read more

Executor/Trustees Fees

Zadra v Cortese 2016 BCSC 390 dealt with a passing of executor’s accounts before a registrar to determine the amount of executor/trustees fees for handling a complex estate for ten years but delegating most of the work to professionals. The value of the estate increased… Read more

Court Termination of Representation Agreements

Baker-McGrotty v Baker 2016 BCSC 699 discuss when the court will exercise its discretion to NOT terminate representation agreements after the appointment of a committee under the Patients Property Act.   26 Section 19 of the Patients Property act provides as follows: 19 On a… Read more

Joint Account Holders Are Fiduciaries

  MacKay v. MacKay Estate,2015 ONSC 7429, held that one joint account holder may serve as a fiduciary in relation to the other simply via the traditional indicia of such a relationship as set out in Frame v. Smith, [1987] 2 SCR 99 (i.e., the… Read more

WESA- Forcing the Executor to Act & Rule 25-11

Forcing Executor to Act. Rule 25-11 of WESA permits ‘a person interested in the estate’ to use a Citation to compel the named executor to apply for probate or be deemed to have renounced. This is an important tool in the arsenal of estate litigators… Read more

Signing a Trustee Release

Anyone practicing law in wills and estates, or who has inherited monies, will be familiar with being required to sign a Trustee Release before the funds are disbursed to the beneficiaries. In BC, it is simply the way business is conducted, and it saves a… Read more

Liability of Trustees

Daum v Clapci  2016 BCCA 176 recently discussed the liability of a trustee for failing to properly insure a hotel that burned  stating inter alia. The test for liability is essentially one of honesty  and reasonable man prudence in administering the estate affairs as if… Read more

Executor Cannot Use Estate Funds To Defend Personally

In a Wills variation claim ( now section 60, WESA) an executor cannot use estate funds to defend him or herself if a beneficiary, and may  use reasonable estate  funds to defend the claim but only in the capacity of executor and not beneficiary. In… Read more

Executor Removed For Delay and Disdain

Re Dirnberger Estate 2016 BCSC 439 removed an executor who had failed to settle and distribute a simple estate for more than four years and showed disdain and hostility towards his sister the other  major beneficiary. The delay and behavior constituted an inability to act due… Read more

Passing Over – Removing An Executor

Special circumstances sometimes occur where it is appropriate for the Court to Pass Over the named executor in favour of another  which effectively removes the named executor In Re Thomasson Estate, 2011 BCSC 481 the court Passed over the named executor by reason of personal conflict… Read more

S. 132 WESA – Special Administrator

S. 132 WESA ( Wills, Estates, Succession Act) allows the Court to appoint as administrator of an estate any person the court considers appropriate if, because of special circumstances ,the court considers it appropriate to do so. The appointment can be conditional or unconditional and… Read more