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O'Sullivan Estate Lawyers LLP
You've gone through the process of executing your Will(s), Continuing Power of Attorney for Property and Power of Attorney for Personal Care... now what?
Lawson Lundell LLP
A friend called the other day distressed at the conduct of her elder and only sibling.
Miller Thomson LLP
Pursuant to the Supreme Court Civil Rules, B.C. Reg. 168/2009, costs during litigation in British Columbia are typically awarded to the successful party at trial.
Clark Wilson LLP
Many families choose a discretionary trust when planning their estates for the operative term: discretion. However, along with this discretion comes a high degree of uncertainty.
Clark Wilson LLP
On July 18, 2022, new legislation and rules came into force governing appeals before the Court of Appeal for British Columbia. In the recent decision of Yang v. Shi, 2022 BCCA 317 (Chambers)...
Torkin Manes LLP
Judicial intolerance for spouses who provide incomplete financial disclosure in divorce cases appears to be on the rise, amid an increasing backlog of cases that is putting significant demand...
O'Sullivan Estate Lawyers LLP
It is difficult to pick up a magazine or newspaper these days without reading an article or two which touches on the topic of wealth and income inequality and...
Devry Smith Frank LLP
When a couple divorces, it is common for extended family to provide support for their loved ones. Some families get involved and assist with finances while others provide emotional support for the separated spouse.
McLennan Ross LLP
In Elkassem Estate (Re),[1] at issue was a will executed in 2017 by an individual who passed away in 2020. This will, similar to a will previously executed in 2007, divided the deceased's...
MLT Aikins LLP
Estate Freezing is a popular mechanism used in estate and succession planning for an owner-manager of a privately-held corporation. An "Estate Freeze" is a reorganization aimed at fixing the value of the shares...
Devry Smith Frank LLP
A Will serves the function of expressing the testator's last wishes. However, for public policy considerations, not all requests should be granted.
Fasken
On May 3, 2022, the Court of Appeal of Quebec handed down its decision in Succession de Plante,[1] reiterating the fundamental nature of the notary's professional secrecy and the protection...
O'Sullivan Estate Lawyers LLP
One of the advantages of a letter of wishes is the flexibility it gives you.
Lindsay Kenney LLP
In light of the recent case law from the British Columbia Supreme Court, there has been a trend regarding challenging a Will based on the concept of capacity (whether the Will-Maker understood what they were doing)...
Lindsay Kenney LLP
Spousal support is meant to help the receiving spouse get back on their feet, and compensate them for their unpaid labour during the relationship...
Devry Smith Frank LLP
When parents do not separate on good terms, they often have concerns about the other parent's priorities – particularly when very young children or infants are involved.
Pallett Valo LLP
A testator's freedom to appoint their estate trustee is foundational. Courts are bound to the presumption that a testator's choice of trustee is appropriate, absent compelling evidence...
Cox & Palmer
This appeal concerns a mother's application to relocate the children from their father's home in Kelowna, British Columbia, to her home in Telkwa, British Columbia.
Cox & Palmer
In May 2022, Justice Beaton dismissed Mr. Ranson's appeal requesting to overturn Justice Marche's decision about spousal support. Mr. Ranson asserted that Justice Marche's determination...
O'Sullivan Estate Lawyers LLP
It is trite, but perhaps worth repeating that for many people, one of their primary estate planning goals is to take care of their spouse after their death.
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