Simultaneous Deaths and Survivorship | Disinherited Estate Litigation

Simultaneous Deaths and Survivorship

The law relating to simultaneous deaths and survivorship is set out in section 5 WESA. If two or more persons die at the same time or in circumstances that make it uncertain which of them survive the other or others, unless a contrary intention appears… Read more

Wills Variation Explained | Disinherited

Wills Variation Explained

JR v JDM 2016 BCSC 2265 explained the criteria in assessing a wills variation claim. [81] The key provision of the WVA is s. 2 ( now Section 60 WESA) . That section provides that if, in the Court’s opinion, a will fails to make… Read more

S.151 WESA: Leave to Commence a Court Action on Behalf of Executor

S.151 WESA: Leave to Commence a Court Action on Behalf of the Executor

Re Gordon Estate 2018 BCSC 487 is a decision that granted leave under section 151 of WESA for the residual beneficiary, the University of British Columbia, to commence an action in the name and on behalf of the executor of the estate of the deceased…. Read more

S.46 WESA: Priorities of Distribution When Gifts Fail | Disinherited

S.46 WESA: Priorities of Distribution When Gifts Fail

Terezakis Estate 2018 BCSC 805 discusses section 46 of WESA relating to an interpretation of the residue of a will that dealt with its interpretation with respect to two of five children who had predeceased the will maker. The two children who had predeceased the… Read more

Admissible Extrinsic Evidence in S. 58 WESA Applications | Disinherited

Admissible Extrinsic Evidence In S. 58 WESA Applications

Admissible extrinsic evidence in S 58 WESA applications to “ cure” defective wills was discussed in Re Mace Estate 2018 BCSC 1284. In short, the ordinary rules of admissibility apply. Ordinarily, evidence must be relevant to a live issue and not be subject to exclusion… Read more

Wills Variation (S 60 WESA) and the Second Spouse

Will Variation (S 60 WESA) and the Second Spouse

In Unger v Unger Estate 2017 BCSC 1946 the court considered the legal and moral claims of a long time second spouse against the estate of her late husband who did not provide for her in his will. The plaintiff Mr. Unger aged 80 was… Read more

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

Understanding Testamentary Documents

A testamentary document is like a will because the will is the most common form of that type of document. A will is a document that has its vigor and effect upon a death. In other words, a will is an invalid document until a… Read more

How to Keep Wills Variation Out of BC Court

This video is about how to keep wills variation out of court which is basically what most testators want to do at the end of the day. The video and article is a very in-depth review of what the requirements are with respect to executing… Read more

The Basics of the Wills Variation Act

This video is about the basics of the Wills Variation Act in British Columbia, Canada. The Wills Variation Act only applies to this province so people from elsewhere must realize that we can only contest wills in this province where the assets are in this… Read more

Mr. Attorney – Don’t Change the Wills Variation Act

The Wills Variation Act was written in approximately 2007 after the government of British Columbia the year prior announced that they intended to make slipping changes to wills and succession legislation in British Columbia. The overriding change was to change the Wills Variation Act provision… Read more

Wills Variation: 84 Year Old Second Spouse With Dementia

Wills Variation: 84 Year Old Second Spouse With Dementia

Philp v.  Philp Estate 2017 BCSC 625 in a wills variation claim awarded an 84 year old second spouse with dementia $300,ooo from an estate of $660,000 after a 35 year marriage. The widower was a retired doctor who had contributed substantial sums of his… Read more

"Adopted Out" Child Cannot Contest Biological Parent's Estate Under Wills Variation

“Adopted Out” Child Cannot Contest Biological Parent’s Estate Under Wills Variation

Boer v Mikaloff Estate 2017 BCSC 21 confirmed that an “adopted out” child cannot contest the will of the biological parent’s estate under S.60 WESA (the wills variation provision) when it answered the following posed question negatively: Does a child who is adopted by other… Read more

Executor Added After Expiration of Wills Variation Limitation

Executor Added After Expiration of Wills Variation Limitation

 Under the provisions of section 60 WESA, an action under the wills variation provisions must be commenced within 180 days of the grant of probate or the action is statute barred. In the 1987 decision Cowan v Cowan 17 BCLR ( 2d) 114, the plaintiff… 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