February 25th | 2012
Presumption of Undue Influence There are many court cases that define undue influence, and most state something to the effect that the influence must overbear the will of the person influenced so that in truth what she or he does is not his or her… Read more
February 19th | 2012
Wills Variation Claim Won By 91 Year Old Surviving Spouse Mars v Bain Estate 2011 BCSC 1714 involves a claim brought by a 91-year-old female spouse who had lived in a marriage like relationship with the deceased for the last nine years of his life…. Read more
January 26th | 2012
Disinherited Homosexual Children and the Wills Variation act I came across the decision Patterson v. Lauritsen (1984) 6 WWR 329, and was pleasantly surprised to learn that as” far back” as 1984, the BCSC varied a will to provide an equal share to a disinherited… Read more
January 19th | 2012
Son Wins Wills Variation For Marrying Spouse Lowres v Lowres 17 ETR 281, is another wills variation case from 1984 that is still very much the current and applicable law in British Columbia today. It relates to an adult child independent child contesting a will in BC… Read more
December 9th | 2011
Will Construction re Nieces and Nephews Re Holmes Estate 2007 BCSC 51, involved a childless testator who was predeceased by his wife . His will provided in part that residue of his estate be “paid and transferred over to all my nieces and nephews” He had eleven… Read more
November 6th | 2011
The August 2011 decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal in Robinson’s Estate v Robinson is a good example of the pitfalls that may inadvertently occur when a testator has wills prepared in different jurisdictions. It is becoming increasingly common for the general public to… Read more
November 1st | 2011
Adopted Daughter Awarded Equal Share Laing v Jarvis Estate 2011 BCSC 1082 is yet another Wills Variation claim in British Columbia, where the courts have awarded an equal share to a disinherited child, in this case, an adopted one. The plaintiff was 55 years of… Read more
November 1st | 2011
Summary Trial Disposition Wills Variation claims in British Columbia are generally speaking well-suited for a summary trial disposition. A summary trial is heard by a judge who reads at affidavit materials and listens to submission by counsel. This is supposed to the more traditional route… Read more
October 31st | 2011
Estate Pending Litigation It is very common in contested estates that the assets of the deceased are not properly dealt with in a timely manner as a result of the dispute. This is particularly the case when the court action relates to the actual validity… Read more
October 30th | 2011
One of the most outrageous recent cases of blatant gold digging is Wu v Zhang 2011 BCSC 1205. This a much younger gold digger, who married a much older, physically and mentally vulnerable man, shortly before his death.
October 23rd | 2011
The BC Appeals Court in Hall v Hall 2011 BCCA 354 upheld the dismissal of an adult sons Wills Variation action where the trial judge had found the plaintiff had rejected his mother and the rest of his family many years before.
October 18th | 2011
Child Under Wills Variation Act Defined and Not Expanded The recent British Columbia Court of Appeal decision in Peri vs. McCutcheon 2011 BCCA 401 clarifies that the Wills Variation act of British Columbia only provides for claims brought by biological or adopted children. The action… Read more
October 17th | 2011
Hall v Korejwo 2011 BCCA 355 is a Court of Appeal decision involving a wills variation dispute between a 60-year-old adult son of the deceased, and the 65-year-old surviving common-law spouse. The deceased was estranged from both of his children for most of his life.
September 8th | 2011
Rectification of Error in Will Refused By Ontario Court of Appeal Robinson Estate v Robinson 2011 CarswellOnt 5819 once again demonstrated the limited jurisdiction that exists in the courts to remedy a mistake and omission made in the deceased’s will, even by the drafting lawyer…. Read more
July 23rd | 2011
Rectification of Will Refused Re Ali Estate 2011 BCSC 537, involves an application to rectify a will prior to its admission into probate. The deceased died owning all the shares of a company operated with his brother.