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Lawyers Limited From Benefiting From Client’s Will

Law societyLawyers in BC are now limited in various aspects of receiving any benefits from a will his or her office prepared.

As of January 1, 2013 the Law Society Rules of BC now provide:

“Chapter 3 – Relationship to Clients | The Law Society of British Columbia

TESTAMENTARY INSTRUMENTS AND GIFTS

3.4-37 A lawyer must not include in a client’s will a clause directing the executor to retain the lawyer’s services in the administration of the client’s estate.

3.4-38 Unless the client is a family member of the lawyer or the lawyer’s partner or associate, a lawyer must not prepare or cause to be prepared an instrument giving the lawyer or an associate a gift or benefit from the client, including a testamentary gift.

3.4 39 A lawyer must not accept a gift that is more than nominal from a client unless the client has received independent legal advice.”

Trevor Todd

Trevor Todd is one of the province’s most esteemed estate litigation lawyers. He has spent more than 40 years helping the disinherited contest wills and transfers – and win. From his Kerrisdale office, which looks more like an eclectic art gallery than a lawyer’s office, Trevor empowers claimants and restores dignity to families across BC. He is a mentor to young entrepreneurs and an art buff who supports starving artists the world over. He has an eye for talent and a heart for giving back.

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