WESA: Witnesses and Gifts
The Wills Estates and Succession Act (“WESA”) is the governing legislation with respect to the litigation determining the validity of gifts made in Wills for persons domiciled in British Columbia. One interesting issue that can arise is a beneficiary to a will (meaning someone who receives a gift in the will) is also one of the witnesses to the will. …Read more →
WESA: What if a Will overpromises and the Estate under delivers?
Estate litigation is often comprised of multiple parties focusing on how the proceeds in an Estate are to be distributed. However, a circumstance that can arise is when a testator “over-promises” in their will and when they pass, their Estate has insufficient funds to deliver on all the gifts. The Wills, Estates and Succession Act has a specific section that …Read more →
What Makes A Will Valid In Vancouver
Estate litigation lawyers know that one of the major reasons so many families end up tangled in Estate disputes is because there is a lack of clarity as to what the requirements are for a valid will. The Wills Estates and Succession Act (“WESA”) specifically sets out the requirements to make a valid will under British Columbia law. Section 37 …Read more →