Lawyers 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.”