Jerry Lewis and Wills Variation

Jerry Lewis and Wills Variation

In British Columbia, Jerry Lewis’s six disinherited children would have a wills variation claim under Section 60 of WESA. The news today reported: When comedian Jerry Lewis died from heart failure in August at the age of 91, as it turns out, he left the… Read more

Ian Mulgrew: As if Death Weren't Bad Enough — Fraudulent Wills

Ian Mulgrew: As if Death Weren’t Bad Enough — Fraudulent Wills

Originally published in The Vancouver Sun May 4, 2017 Written by Ian Mulgrew The B.C. inheritance-and-estate law brought in two years ago has increased the risk of forged and fraudulent wills, says a lawyer involved in the debate about its creation. Trevor Todd, who runs disinherited.com,… Read more

England Considers Allowing Texts and Voicemails to Be Wills

England Considers Allowing Texts and Voicemails to Be Wills

England is considering introducing radical reforms to it’s inheritance laws that would allow text messages and voice mails to be valid wills according to an article in today’s Telegraph. “British people will be able to use voicemail and text messages to make their wills, under… Read more

Signs Your Senior Loved One is a Victim of Elder Abuse

Signs Your Senior Loved One is a Victim of Elder Abuse

The following article on signs of elder abuse  is reprinted with the permission of Sally Perkins , an American former home care and hospice manager. Signs Your Senior Loved One is a Victim of Elder Abuse If only we lived in a world where people… Read more

Mental Incompetency and the Patient's Property Act

The Purpose of Obituaries

Obituaries are news article that report the recent death of a person that typically accounts for the person’s life, family members, glowing tributes , noteworthy achievements  and   information about an upcoming funeral service. It could be said that the main purpose of an  obituary is  to honour and… Read more

Court Rewrites Man's Will to Include Daughters

Court Rewrites Man’s Will to Include Daughters

Court Rewrites Man’s Will to Include Daughters Son was named as sole beneficiary until judge intervened Where there’s a will, there’s a way to have it overturned. A B.C. Supreme Court Judge has ordered a man to a split his late father’s estate, despite the fact… Read more

Court Overturns Man's Will on Moral Grounds

BC Court Overturns Man’s Will on Moral Grounds

The British Columbia Court over turned and varied a will where his four daughters had been left with nothing. William Werbenuk died more than two years ago with just enough money in the bank to pay for his funeral. The 86-year-old widower’s will gave all… Read more

Disinherited Daughter Fought Back

Disinherited Daughter Fought Back

Disinherited Daughter. Like Cinderella, the little girl named Margaret worked to earn her room and board. She washed and swept and did what she was told. By the time she was five years old, her mother already passed her from home to home. Now she… Read more

Mentorship Revisited

Mentorship Revisited

The beacon of hope shines on in the practice of law Three years after our article, “Mentorship: A Beacon of Hope in the Practice of Law” was published in the June 2011 issue of BarTalk, much has evolved in our mentor association and in our… Read more

Baby Could Inherit Millions if Proved to be Daughter of Slain Vancouver Man

Baby Could Inherit Millions if Proved to be Daughter of Slain Vancouver Man

A Chinese woman trying to prove her baby daughter has sole claim to the fortune of a slain West Vancouver millionaire has won her bid for a paternity test. Baby could inherit millions. A new British Columbia law says the child stands to inherit everything if… Read more

Dysfunctional Families: Shunning

Dysfunctional Families: Shunning

Of the many dysfunctional families cases that I have handled, the most insidious was that of a teenage girl who accused her grandfather of molesting her only to find out that she became  shunned by her entire family, all while continuing to live in the… Read more

British Columbia Backs Baby's Bid for Bigbucks

British Columbia Backs Baby’s Bid for Bigbucks

BC Court orders DNA test for child who may inherit Bigbucks $50M A Chinese woman trying to prove her baby daughter has sole claim to the fortune of a murdered West Vancouver millionaire has won her bid for a paternity test. A new British Columbia… Read more

Signs of Gold-Digger Syndrome

Signs of Gold-Digger Syndrome

Berger was advised to challenge her father’s will not on grounds of “undue influence” but under a section of the B.C. Wills Variation Act that says a “judicious parent” bears a responsibility to provide for biological sons and daughters even if they’re adults. Vancouver lawyer… Read more

Trevor Todd recently interviewed on CBC Radio

Counsellor Dawn Schooler and lawyer Trevor Todd speak on how to divide inheritances. Please forward to 20min 30 sec point to get started. CBC Radio – BC Almanac Podcast – Listen

Potential Inheritance Amounts to Rise

Potential Inheritance Amounts to Rise

Spouses and children of deceased people who are disinherited in BC have the ability to utilize the provisions of S 60 WESA to vary the will in their favour. This huge inter generational wealth transfer will have important economic consequences that will impact wealth distribution,… Read more