What can I do if my mother gave away family property before death?
Vancouver estate lawyers look at intention to see if the transfer of property was a gift or is held on a resulting trust for the estate. If it is held on a resulting trust, her estate really owns it and it must be returned.
What if my father did not know / approve the contents of his will?
Vancouver estate lawyers can require surrender of the grant and formal proof of the will. If a will-maker did not know and approve the contents of a will, the will is invalid, in which case a previous will may come into effect.
What are the formalities of making a will in BC?
Vancouver estate lawyers look to WESA for the formalities of executing a will including writing, 2 witnesses and signing in each other’s presence. Estate litigation lawyers also use WESA to formalize an improper will and even a document that would not otherwise be a will.
What is a wills variation claim?
Vancouver estate lawyers help husbands, wives, sons and daughters bring a wills variation claim if a partner’s or parent’s will does not make “adequate provision for their proper maintenance and support”. In making that determination, the courts look at current legal and moral norms.