Executor Liability

Funerals and Control of Human Remains

Court disputes over control of a deceased’s human remains on occasion occur, particularly over the form if any of a funeral’s religious service. This occurred in Kartsonas v Kartsonas 2010

Executors Denied Fees and Ordered to Repay Unauthorized Expenses

In Re Zaradic Estate 2021 BCSC 1037 the executors were awarded nil remuneration and ordered to pay back unauthorized expenses of approximately $10,000 to the estate. The writer was counsel

Deceitful Executor Deprived of Fees

Kyle estate v Kyle 2017 BCSC 752 was ordered to pay approximately $400,000 to the beneficiaries as a result of deceitfully transferring monies from a joint account into his personal
Fraudulent Executor Ordered to Pay Costs

Fraudulent Executor Ordered to Pay Costs

Kyle estate 2017 BCSC 752 held that an executor who misappropriated trust funds was denied the legal costs of defending the pursuit of those assets and either double costs or
Executor Indemnification for Costs Incurred

Executor Indemnification for Costs Incurred

Generally speaking executors who act within the scope of his or her duties are entitled to full indemnification for costs properly and reasonably incurred while acting within the scope of
Wills Drafting- The Myth of the “Simple Will” _ Disinherited

Wills Drafting: The Myth of the “Simple Will”

It must be stressed that any document that has consequences as permanent and far-reaching as a Will can never be “simple.” Even a straightforward Will can be fraught with drafting
Spousal or Child Support After Death

Spousal or Child Support After Death

Bouchard v Bouchard 2018 BCSC 1728 dismissed an application for lump sum child maintenance for monies held in the estate of the deceased to died intestate, but reviewed the law
Wills Drafting 101 | Disinherited Vancouver Estate Litigation

Wills Drafting 101

The cardinal rule of wills drafting is that there is no such thing as a “simple will.” There is a tendency amongst some wills practitioners to underestimate the difficulty of
Duties and Liabilities of an Executor / Trustee | Disinherited Estate Litigation

Duties and Liabilities of Executors / Trustees

The duties and potential liabilities for executor/trustees can be onerous and personally risky if not properly carried out. It is extremely important that the testator’s choice of his or her
25 Tips for Drafting a Will | Disinherited Estate Litigation Vancouver

25 Will Drafting Tips

1. Take your time. Be cautious. Seriously consider charging your actual time on a Wills file. If your client objects, then educate the client about the amount of time needed