Who Are Your “Nieces & Nephews”?

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

Foreign Will Mistakenly Revoked Canadian Will of Deceased Creating Intestacy

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

Adopted Daughter Awarded Equal Share In Wills Variation Claim

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

Wills Variation Claims Are Generally Well Suited For Summary Trial Disposition

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

Administration of an Estate Pending Litigation

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

Gold Digger “Wife” Gets $150,000 from $3.5 MillionVulernable Victim

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.

BC Appeals Court Upholds Dismissal of Estranged Son’s Wills Variation Claim

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.

Court Declines to Expand Definition of Child

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

Court of Appeal Rules in Wills Variation Dispute Between Common Law Spouse and Disabled Adult Son

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.

Rectification of Error in Will Refused

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

Rectification of Will Refused – Court Has Very Limited Jurisdiction to Add Words to A Will

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.

“Unconventional Relationship” Not a Marriage Like Relationship

  “Unconventional Relationship” Held not to be Spousal as defined by marriage like in nature E.(L) v. J.(D) 2011 BCSC 671 is an example of the strict requirement for parties to live in a marriage like relationship for at least two years preceding death, in… Read more

21 Year Common Law Partner Awarded 70% of Deceased Wife’s $1.25 Million Estate

Ross v Bloomfield 2010 BCSC 594 is a wills variation action brought by a surviving husband after his common law partner of 21 years died. The deceased left a will dated April 2003 in which she left her common law partner $6000, while the residue… Read more

Executor Removed For Conflict of Interest

Executor Removed For Conflict of Interest Re Thomasson Estate 2011 BCSC 481 is a classic conflict of interest situation that required the court to passover one executor ,where another co executor questioned a certain transfer of property that involved the executor.

Daughter Awarded $5.5 Million in Wills Variation Claim

Daughter Awarded $5.5 Million The Wilson v Lougheed Estate case, 2010 BCSC 1868 is one of a few cases only in BC that deal with a large wills variation award in favour of a disinherited child, that involved a very large estate The plaintiff was a… Read more