Copy of Will Probated

Under certain circumstances a copy of a will rather than the original, may be admitted to probate as the last valid will of the deceased. The competing claimants will typically  argue that there is a presumption of revocation when the original will cannot be produced…. Read more

Laches

Laches was discussed and rejected by the court in Grewal v Khakh 2016 BCSC 2055, where the court quoted the Supreme Court of Canada : 52           In  M. (K.) v. M. (H.), , [1992] 3 S.C.R. 6, [1992] S.C.J. No. 85 (S.C.C.) at para. 98, where… Read more

Assets Passing Outside of the Estate

Assets Passing – Probably most people in North America die holding assets that pass from their name to others or their estate that pass both ” inside” and “outside” of the estate.   A deceased’s will only distributes assets that were personally owned by the deceased… Read more

Interim Distribution Ordered

An interim distribution of $250,000  of his maximum estate entitlement of $460,000 was ordered to a 76 year old former spouse of the deceased who needed funds in Davis v Burns Estate 2016 BCSC 1982.   The application was made  under section 155 of the… Read more

Fraudulent Misrepresentation

Jasmur Holdings Ltd v Taynton Developments Inc. 2016 BCSC 1902 reviewed inter alia the tort of fraudulent misrepresentation. 116.       The tort of fraudulent misrepresentation has four elements. They were recently summarized by the Supreme Court of Canada in Combined Air Mechanical Services Inc. v. Flesch,… Read more

Removed Executor Gets No fees

Watson v Strong 2016 BCSC 1897 dealt with a passing of accounts claim for executor’s fees by a removed executor  that was rejected by the court. The court instead awarded %4.5 fees on an interim basis to the executor who replaced the removed executor, with… Read more

ReOpening a Case For New Evidence

B(K) v B(J) 2016 BCSC 1904 involved an application for reopening a case that had been decided and attempt to introduce new evidence as to the increased valuations of two properties.   The over riding test is  it in the interests of justice to do… Read more

Examinations for Discovery Ordered

Estate of Patricia Connor deceased,2016 BCSC 1934 dealt with the court ordering examinations for discovery and production of various documents in an action between half siblings of the deceased and a purported spouse of the deceased as inter alia the parties knew little to nothing… Read more

Legal Fees Agreements

The test as to whether a legal fees agreement was “fair and reasonable” was recently reviewed in Hammerberg Lawyers LLP v Ikeda 2016 BCSC 621. The agreement in question was a contingency fee agreement. The lawyers worked on a difficult case for a long time… Read more

Adding Defendants

Stewart v. Stewart  2016 BCSC 1576 was a contested application for adding defendants to a court action commenced by one of four children to wind up a trust.   The application to add the remaining three children as defendants was opposed on the basis that… Read more

Leave to Appeal

The legal test for leave to appeal was restated in Ho Estate v. Ho 2016 BCCA 253 , upheld at 2016 BCCA 378, where the decision of one appeal judge was upheld by a panel when he refused leave to appeal on the basis that… Read more

Mandatory Injunctions – Harm Must Probably Occur

McLean v. Law Society of British Columbia 2016 BCCA 368 reviewed the law on injunctions and held that the court should only grant a mandatory injunctions when the harm complained of would probably occur.   [17]        Both declarations and injunctions, speaking as they do… Read more

Gift or Loan?

It is often difficult for the court to determine if advancements of funds from one party to another done orally and without witnesses is a gift or loan. Rosas v. Toca 2016 BCSC 1754 dealt with such a situation. The plaintiff won over $4 million in… Read more

Judgement Does Not Sever Joint Tenancy

The registration of a judgement against one owner of a jointly owned property does not sever joint tenancy. If the only asset owned by the judgement debtor is the joint tenancy property, then registration of the judgment against the interest of the debtor will not… 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