40 Great Things To Say While Alive

Things To Say Before You Die and are still alive. Before you’re sprawled on your deathbed, there are some things you really have to say. They’re not complicated.   40 “I wonder.” Give yourself time to think so the time you spend doing things will… Read more

Famous Failures Who Made It

Famous Failures Who Made It   – If you have never failed, you have never tried anything new! Albert Einstein– Albert was not able to speak until he was almost 4 years old and his teacher said he would never amount to much. Michael Jordan-after… Read more

Americans Donate Billions to Charity

Americans are generally speaking generous towards charities, donating around 7 plus billion dollars per year. Here are a few of the top   donors: 1. Warren Buffett Total: $3.084 billion 2. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan Total: $499 million 3. John and Laura Arnold Total: $423… Read more

Six Famous Estate Fights

  Famous Estate Fights- Mistakes & Lessons   Brooke Astor Mistake: Naming wrong person as agent under power of attorney. Story: In October 2009 socialite Brooke Astor’s son Anthony Marshall was convicted of fraud and grand larceny relating to his handling of his late mother’s estate…. Read more

Blended Family Wills and Estates Issues

Blended family situations with respect to estate disputes are common as the families have not in fact often “blended”. As such members of the family often resort to the provisions of the BC wills variation act, now after April 1, 2014, incorporated into the provisions… Read more

You Are Richer Than You Think

Richer Than You Think? Jun 22nd 2013 |From the print edition From The Economist Last year 12m people in the world had $1m or more in investible assets. That is 1m more “high-net-worth individuals” than in 2011. After falling in two of the previous five… Read more

Highest U.S Court Bans Patents On Isolated Human Genes

Patents on isolated gene therapy will be an increasing source of public  demand, legislative control, and  litigation. Reprinted from the New York Times June 13, 20113, such a ruling would be persuasive but not binding on a Canadian court.These types of cases will become increasingly frequent… Read more

Kobe and Mom Settle Over Memorabilia

Settlement reached between Kobe Bryant, parents in auction dispute. Kobe Bryant’s mother sought to auction off a number of his high school jerseys. (GoldinAuctions.com) A settlement has been reached by Kobe Bryant and his parents over a deal struck between Bryant’s mother and a New… Read more

No Constitutional Right To “Know One’s Sperm Donor

  The Supreme Court of Canada ruled there is no constitutional right to know one’s past by obtaining information on your own past from your sperm donor.   Pratten v Attorney General of BC and College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC, the Supreme Court of… Read more

Why Families Fight Over Inheritances

The reasons why families fight over inheritances is much more complicated than simply greed. The book Blood and Money  by P. Mark Accettura is required reading for anyone involved in the business of estate disputes, or anyone going through one or about to do so.The… Read more

Japanese Adoptions of Adult Males

Had I not read the following in the Economist I would not believe the practice of Japanese males adopting single male heirs when faced with  having only female heirs.   It would not surprise most North Americans to learn that 98% of adoptions there involve youngsters…. Read more

Billionaire Pickens Sues Son For “Cyber Bullying”

Billionaire T. Boone Pickens Sues His Son, Alleging ‘Cyber bullying’. Billionaire T. Boone Pickens has sued his son for publishing that he was an abusive father. One of America’s richest families has become the subject of a dark tell-all blog written by one of their… Read more

Fertility Law Is an Up and Coming New Area of Legal Practice

Continuing Legal Education announced this up coming course for lawyers: The desire to have a child and a family is one of the things that defines most of us as humans. The physical inability to have a child can be devastating. Unfortunately, statistics show that… Read more

Keeping Your Will Out of Court

1. INTRODUCTION Probably the best way that a lawyer or Notary can keep his or her Will out of court is to always bear in mind the end use of the product. The primary goal of a client in executing a Will is to ensure… Read more

Lawyers Limited From Benefiting From Client's Will

Lawyers Limited From Benefiting From Client’s Will

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… Read more