Estate Planning for Albertans Who Own Property in BC

On , In Wills & Estates

As soon as the warm spring weather arrives, so do the scores of Albertans, seeking sun, golf, boating, great food and wine. It’s a well-understood phenomenon in the Okanagan that many Albertans choose to invest in a vacation property in BC. However, the implications of estate planning for Albertans who own property in BC are…


Your Final Will & Testament May Not be Final

On , In Wills & Estates

A general principle of law is that a person making a Will (a “Will-Maker”) has the testamentary freedom to dispose of his or her property as he or she wishes. However, like many legal  principles, there are exceptions. An important exception to a will-maker’s freedom to leave what he or she owns to whomever he…


Estate Law – Who can vary a Will in B.C.?

On , In Wills & Estates

A general principle of law is that a person making a Will (a “Will-Maker”) has the testamentary freedom to dispose of his or her property as he or she wishes. However, like many legal  principles, there are exceptions. An important exception to a Will-Maker’s freedom to leave what he or she owns to whomever he…


Make Your Last Wishes Come True – Part Two

On , In Wills & Estates

Last week I wrote about a few things you can do to help protect your estate from unnecessary litigation after you pass away, including having a legally valid will. This week, I have a few more tips for you to ensure that your last wishes are heard. 5. Have a Will That is Hard to […]


Make Your Last Wishes Come True – Part One

On , In Wills & Estates

No one wants to leave behind long, bitter and expensive litigation when they die. While having a will is a good place to start, there is more you can do to decrease the likelihood that your family will take to the courtroom after you depart. This two-part article contains a few tips to protect your […]


How do you disinherit someone in BC?

On , In Wills & Estates

I have written before about British Columbia’s Wills Variation Act and the requirement in our province to make “adequate provision” in our wills for our spouse and children. This time, I will talk about the justification that the Court needs in order to respect your wishes to disinherit your spouse or children. British Columbia recognizes […]


It’s mine and I’ll leave it to whomever I please!

On , In Wills & Estates

You can’t take it with you, but you can leave behind instructions in a will. The question is, will your instructions be followed? If you have decided to disinherit your children, or to cut your spouse out of the will, perhaps not. In British Columbia, we have an act called the Wills Variation Act, which […]