Our lawyers bring a sensitivity and understanding to the areas of estate planning and litigation. They are solution oriented, and work with clients to meet their particular goals, including minimizing probate fees and the potential of a wills variation claim. JFB lawyers work with clients to create unique and personalized plans and to put the appropriate tools in place, including powers of attorney, representation agreements, advance directives (formerly living wills), wills, and trusts. They are also experienced in Probate applications and in obtaining Letters of Administration when someone passes without a will.
Our litigation team assists clients in both challenging and defending estates, committeeship applications, and situations involving misuse of powers of attorney. They are experienced in assisting parties who have been treated unfairly under a will, and in defending claims against estates.
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In this interesting case, the former spouse of the deceased sued his estate for breach of a family law separation agreement made between the parties while the deceased was alive.The female claimant and the deceased had been married for 9 years before separating. The deceased was significantly older than the claimant. The claimant had a […]
We’ve previously written about section 58 of the Wills, Estates and Succession Act, which gives the Court discretion to cure deficiencies in a will or will-like document that would otherwise make it invalid. Until recently, section 58 had been used to give testamentary effect to defective wills or will-like documents. However, in Jacobsen Estate, Re, […]
The BC Court of Appeal recently heard an appeal from a BC Supreme Court decision granting the daughter of a deceased a declaration that her brother held two properties in-trust for the benefit of the deceased’s estate.Pavlovich v. Danilovic, 2020 BCCA 239 concerned a deceased father and his two children, Ljuba and Alexander. The wife […]
In many cases, more than one person may have a claim to vary a deceased person’s will. In that situation, it is important that all claims be heard together so that the Court can assess all claims at once.The first person to file a lawsuit seeking to vary a deceased person’s will is required to […]
In Levesque Estate (Re), 2019 BCSC 927, the BC Supreme Court considered an application by executors to determine whether an alteration to a will was legally effective.Upon opening the sealed envelope containing Beverly Levesque’s last will, her daughter discovered that a beneficiary’s name had been obscured using whiteout. In holding the document under a light, […]
Effective September 28, 2020, all civil jury trials will be suspended for one year. The Ministry of the Attorney General announced this measure in response to the ongoing threat posed by COVID-19.Civil jury trials had previously been suspended due to COVID-19. This announcement extends that suspension to October 4, 2021.As a result, any civil lawsuit, […]
If you and your spouse separate, you can make a new will before you have finalized your divorce and other related matters such as property division and support. However, if you were to pass away, your family law claim must be resolved before any family assets that are supposed to pass through your estate are […]
An existing will is still valid after separation or divorce. However, section 56(2) of the Wills, Estates and Succession Act, S.B.C. 2009, ch.13 provides that any appointment, power of appointment, or gift to a spouse of a will-maker who has ceased to be a spouse at the time of the will-maker’s death is revoked. If […]
The death of a beneficiary named in your will can impact the way in which your estate is distributed. The nature of the impact will depend on the terms of your will. Estates are often distributed by way of their “residue” as opposed to the distribution of specific assets. The residue of your estate is […]
By Stuart Cappus To be valid, a will must be in writing, signed by the will-maker in the presence of two witnesses who are present at the same time, and signed by those two witnesses in the presence of the will-maker. Historically in BC, a will could not be admitted to probate unless these formal […]