Claim For Common Law Spouse Status Dismissed

Claim For Common Law Spouse Buell, Buell and Buell v Unger 2011 BCSC 351 involves an intestacy of the deceased and a contest between a purported common-law spouse and his previous wife of 21 years and their two children as to who inherits the estate…. Read more

Battered Person Syndrome

The United Nations Development Fund for Women estimates that at least one of every three women globally will be beaten, raped or otherwise abused during her lifetime. In most cases, the abuser is a member of her own family.   Today’s purpose is not to… Read more

Court Orders Property Sold

A court may order co owned property sold and stipulate the terms of the sale, especially when one owner is unreasonable. I have previously blogged about the case of Mondonese v Delac Estates at both the trial and appeal levels. The Court had found that… Read more

Spouse Not A Creditor Under Fraudulent Conveyance Act Unless Separated At Death

Fraudulent Conveyance Act and Spouses Mawdsley v Meshen 2012 BCCA 91 is a case where  the husband  contested the BC will of his wife under the Wills Variation act of British Columbia. In particular, he attempted to have various estate planning steps taken by his deceased wife… Read more

The Top Five Reasons Why Families Fight Over Inheritances

Why Families Fight Over Inheritances? In “Blood and Money: Why Families Fight Over Inheritances and What to Do About It, “author Mark Accettura draws on his experience of 30 years of research in the fields of evolutionary psychology, gerontology, psychiatry, Gen. psychology and neuropsychology into… Read more

“Unconventional Relationship” Not a Marriage Like Relationship

  “Unconventional Relationship” Held not to be Spousal as defined by marriage like in nature E.(L) v. J.(D) 2011 BCSC 671 is an example of the strict requirement for parties to live in a marriage like relationship for at least two years preceding death, in… Read more