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Can a written note authored by someone prior to committing suicide also serve as the person’s Last Will? This question was addressed in a recent Supreme Court decision in which the deceased’s handwritten suicide note was discovered in her vehicle after her body was found washed up on the banks of the Fraser River. The […]Read More
In a prior post, it was discussed what may arise from a decision to exclude your children from your Will and so today’s topic will cover: What may arise from your decision to exclude your spouse? Section 60 of the Wills Estates Succession Act (“WESA”) empowers a court to vary the terms of a Will […]Read More
As an experienced lawyer who has drafted countless Wills in my career, it is not uncommon for my clients to name their children as joint executors of their estate in their Will. Appointment of joint executors requires these individuals to make all decisions affecting the Estate together by consent. This requirement that all executors act […]Read More
According to section 60 of the Wills, Estates and Succession Act (WESA), if a Will-maker dies leaving a Will that does not make adequate provision for the Will-maker’s children, the Will-maker’s children may start a proceeding to vary the Will and have the Court order a more adequate, just, and equitable provision to be made […]Read More
When someone dies and leaves behind a Will, the person appointed as Executor will need to go through a legal process called probate before the Will can be relied upon to transfer assets into the name of the Executor who in turn can transfer the assets to the named beneficiary. If the Executor does not […]Read More
Sometimes, the areas of Family Law and Estate Law intersect and one relatively recent Supreme Court of British Columbia answers the question of what happens to the payor’s obligations to pay child support when the payee dies. This situation was addressed in Carpentier v. British Columbia (Director of Family Maintenance Enforcement) 2017 BCSC 250 (“Carpentier”) […]Read More
Is your ex-spouse asking for child support for a kid that’s not yours? You’re not sure if you’re supposed to?
Whether you are just starting a relationship with someone who already has a child or are ending a relationship with someone who has a child, it is important to know what you should, could, and would be responsible for. You might be held responsible for child support if you are qualified as common-law partners and […]Read More
To appeal an order made against you in family court, you will need to convince the court to stay the order so as to ensure that the status quo immediately prior to the making of the order is preserved. When considering whether to stay the order under appeal pending the outcome of the appeal, the […]Read More
So we’ve talked about what happens if you die without a will—how your estate and assets will be distributed, who would administer your estate, and so on. But what happens if you do make a will, but it does not provide adequately for your children? According to section 60 of the Wills, Estates and Succession […]Read More
Is it legal in BC for your spouse to kick you out of your shared home and assume exclusive possession of said home? The answer is technically yes but, you would have to meet very specific conditions. The court does not easily grant an order ejecting someone from their own home. To ask for exclusive […]Read More
A prenuptial agreement, also known as a marriage agreement or a cohabitation agreement, is an agreement that you enter in before you marry your spouse or before cohabitation with a significant other. This agreement covers things like property, debt, spousal and child support, and is a guideline as to how you will split your assets […]Read More
So you and your spouse have split up and you’re thinking that you should be owed more child support than is currently being paid. In BC, child support is calculated using the Federal Child Support Guidelines along with the parent’s gross income. But what happens if your spouse tries to pay less than what they […]Read More
If you find yourself in a situation where you feel the need to escape from an abusive spouse, you may be wondering what steps you’ll need to take. How can you protect yourself? Your children? There are a few possible paths you can take depending on your situation. Report to the Police If you think […]Read More
Separation from your spouse or fiancé(e) can be a very testy time in your life and you may have many questions during this time, including: who keeps the ring? In British Columbia, according to the BC Family Law Act, the gift of an engagement ring is considered a conditional gift. This means that it is […]Read More
You won’t realize your mistakes until it’s too late Making a do-it-yourself Will means you won’t have a legal professional looking over your Will, checking to see if it is up to standards and that it accurately reflects your wishes. If you make a mistake anywhere in your Will or if your Will is inaccurate, […]Read More
If you have a proceeding that’s going to trial, you may encounter a step in the process called an Examination for Discovery (XFD). While examinations for discovery are not mandatory, they can be very important in respect to your trial. So, what exactly is it? An examination for discovery is a meeting where a party […]Read More
No more “custody”? 2019 brings a change to family laws in Canada, specifically regarding parental responsibilities in the Divorce Act. The goal of this change is to improve the act so that it promotes the best interests of the child. One of these changes includes removing the term “custody” while introducing the concepts of “parenting […]Read More
In any family law proceeding, it is almost always mandatory to arrange a Judicial Case Conference (JCC). But what exactly is a Judicial Case Conference? A JCC in British Columbia is a private and informal meeting between the parties, their lawyers, and a Supreme Court judge or master. It’s an opportunity to discuss and resolve […]Read More
A Will is a legal document that takes effect upon your death. The main purpose of a Will is to say who will get your property (land and personal possessions) when you die. It can appoint a new guardian for your children if you have any, as well as appoint a chosen executor who will […]Read More
As we’ve discussed in a previous blog post, a power of attorney is a legal document that gives a person (the “attorney”) the power to take care of another person (the “donor’s”) financial and legal matters. Let’s say you incur a traumatic brain injury as the result of a car accident, and you are rendered […]Read More
Should you find yourself in a position where a judge has ruled against you and you wish to have that decision reviewed by a higher court then you must: 1. Take Immediate Steps to File the Necessary Appeal Documents If you are seeking an appeal of a judge’s decision made at trial, you will have 30 […]Read More
When owing property in British Columbia with one or more other persons, you can own that property either by way of Joint Tenancy or Tenancy in Common with your other co-owners but what exactly does this mean? 1.What is Tenancy-In-Common? Tenancy-In-Common is a form of co-ownership whereby each person owns an undivided share in the […]Read More
A committeeship is what occurs when someone is appointed to protect the interests of a adult who is incapable of managing his or her affairs (the “Patient”) or self. The Patients Property Act of British Columbia (“the Act”) sets out a legal framework for the appointment of a committee and how the personal and financial affairs […]Read More
Resolutions Law Corporation is proud to report Andrew Rebane’s recent victory at the Court of Appeal in which the Court of Appeal refused to disturb the Trial Judge’s finding of credibility against Plaintiffs who were trying to overturn the Trial Judge’s decision dismissing a claim against Andrew’s client. The trial lasted 27 days at the […]Read More
A power of attorney is a legal document that gives a person the power to take care of another person’s financial and legal matters. The person granting this power is called the “donor” while the person to whom the power is given is called the “attorney,” A power of attorney gives the person appointed […]Read More
Even though that child living with you is not even your biological child, you may be liable to pay child support for a child of your spouse. In the case of married couples, the Divorce Act imposes a clear obligation on spouses to financially support any “children of the marriage” which include “any child for […]Read More
When determining the amount of time that parents may exercise parenting time with their children, the Courts of British Columbia will always look only to the best interests of the children. Usually, in the absence of a court order or written agreement, the biological parents of the children are joint guardians of the children and […]Read More
As discussed in a previous post, child support is an ongoing periodic payment made by you or received by you for the financial benefit of your child. To answer the question for how long child support is payable in your particular case – you must first determine if the child support is payable under the […]Read More
present unique challenges for those making Wills. Typically, will-makers provide outright gifts to beneficiaries except where the beneficiaries are under age in which case the will-maker creates a trust in the Will directing the executor/trustee to hold the gift (usually liquid investments) in trust for the under-aged beneficiary under that under-aged beneficiary reaches a certain […]Read More
Simply put, spousal support is the support you pay or receive from your spouse upon breakdown of your common law relationship or marriage with that person. For how long you will receive or pay spousal support depends upon a number of factors: Length of relationship or marriage; Age of the spouse receiving the support; Age […]Read More
Before even asking this question, it is important to ensure that you also have in place a Power of Attorney and a Representation Agreement for personal healthcare matters as these two documents will ensure that someone can make legal, financial, and personal care decisions for you in the event you are temporarily or permanently incapacitated […]Read More
Whether you are being asked to pay child support or are seeking child support, it is important to know exactly what constitutes child support. Child support is an ongoing periodic payment made by you or received by you for the financial benefit of your child. In British Columbia, child support is made up of two […]Read More
. Were you expecting an inheritance under a loved one’s Will and found out after death that you were not a named beneficiary in the deceased loved one’s Will OR received less than what you were expecting under that Will? In such cases, you can challenge the Will in one of two ways: Section 60 […]Read More
BEING MERE FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS does not mean someone will be liable to pay spousal support to a “friend”.
Spousal support A person can claim spousal support under either the Divorce Act or the Family Law Act. Under the Divorce Act, a claim for spousal support can only be successfully pursued if the parties were legally married. Mere living together does not establish a claim under the Divorce Act. Under the Family Law Act, […]Read More
WILLS MAY NO LONGER NEED TO BE SIGNED OR WITNESSED TO BE VALID IN BRITISH COLUMBIA Under the Wills Act, a Will was only valid if it was (a)in writing; (b)at its end is signed by the will-maker or by some other person in his presence and by his direction; (c)the will-maker makes or acknowledges […]Read More