Will Varied to Double Award to Daughter

Kelly v Bell 2012 BCSC 841 is a  wills variance case ( WESA S 60)  where the court determined that the deceased did not intend to provide  %88 to one child and only %12 to another simply due to a dramatic increase in the value of… Read more

Will Invalid for Lack of “Knowledge and Approval” When Executed

Will Invalid Calderaro v Meyer 2011 ONSC 5395 is an Ontario case where a will invalid as the deceased did not have knowledge and approval of the wills contents when it was executed. The testator died in 2009. Prior to that he lived in a… Read more

The Four Elements of a Will

ELEMENTS OF A WILL  There are basically four elements of a will: 1) Intended to Have Disposing Effect A Will must express the testator’s real donative intention. It will not be a valid Will if the testator merely writes a statement importing information about his… Read more

Son Disinherited For Valid and Rational Reasons

Holvenstot v Holvestot Estate 2012 BCSC 923 is an excellent example of the wills variation claim brought by a disinherited son of the deceased. The claim  was dismissed for some of the valid and rational reasons that the deceased stated as reasons for not having a moral… Read more

Tataryn – The Leading Wills Variation Case in BC

In Tataryn v. Tataryn Estate, [1994] 2 S.C.R. 807 [Tataryn] the Supreme Court of Canada clarified the law of wills variations and held that a will may be varied under the WVA where there are legal or moral obligations to provide maintenance and support for… Read more

Pre-Nuptial Agreement Held to Be Bar to Wife’s Wills Variation Claim

Pre-Nuptial Agreement Martinson v Anniko 2009 BCSC 14 is illustrative of where a marriage agreement  is ultimately  “fair”, it will be held to bar a spouse’s Wills Variation claim brought after the death of a spouse.  The Court was also critical of the steps taken… Read more

Abandoned “Love Child” Fights Back

Austin v Les 2006 BCSC 2100 is a wills variation case where disinherited.com was the plaintiff’s counsel representing a 62-year-old daughter of the deceased person who was essentially given away to be raised by others. Marg Austin was born at a time when it was… Read more

Charity No Longer Exists, So Wills Bequest Lapses Into Residue

Wills Bequest Lapses Into Residue Our previous blog related to the wills interpretation issues related to the Eberwein Estate 2012 BCSC 250. One of the issues involved in the interpretation of this will related to a charitable gift to an organization called Aid to Animals In… Read more

A Summary of the Principles Relating to the Interpretation and Construct of Wills

Interpretation and Construction of Wills The Estate of Gertrud Eberwein 2012 BCSC 250 is an excellent example of a wealthy person dying with a poorly drafted will that needs interpretation and construction by the court. The deceased died in 2010 at age 85 years. She… Read more

Construction of Wills – Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren Restricted to Legal Descendants

Construction of Wills Re Lang 2011 BCSC 972 involved a court application for an interpretation of the commonly used words “grandchildren” and “great grandchildren” that were used in the testator’s will. The testator divided the residue of her estate to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. At… Read more

Court Will Not Order Production of Drafting Lawyer’s Will File in Wills Variation Claims

Production of Drafting Lawyer’s Will File It is very common in estate litigation for the party attacking a will to want production of the drafting lawyer’s will file relating to the taking of instructions, preparation of, and execution of the deceased’s last will. As a… Read more

Undue Influence General Principles

Undue Influence General Principles, When clients approach disinherited.com with respect to suspicions that undue influence was exerted upon the deceased, I am mindful of two conflicting principles: 1. in my in my experience, “where there is smoke there is fire”, so their suspicions are probably… Read more

BC Will Contested For Interpretation of Its Meaning

Re Brookes estate 2011 BCSC 1606 involves a hand written half page  BC will, in  which the testator   appointed his brother as executor and provided: ” I leave my property  ( address stated) to my brother executor with power of attorney. Also my accounts at Royal Bank… Read more

Presumption of Undue Influence Can Apply to Parent/Adult Children Relationships

Presumption of Undue Influence There are many court cases that define undue influence, and most state something to the effect that the influence must overbear the will of the person influenced so that in truth what she or he does is not his or her… Read more

Wills Variation Claim Won By 91 Year Old Spouse

Wills Variation Claim Won By 91 Year Old Surviving Spouse Mars v Bain Estate 2011 BCSC 1714 involves a claim brought by a 91-year-old female spouse who had lived in a marriage like relationship with the deceased for the last nine years of his life…. Read more