Avoiding Problems with Probate

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Despite the best intentions, not all probates proceed smoothly. If you are responsible for probating and administering an estate, you might run into some of these typical problems. Inadequate will searches. The process must include all variations of names. When handling land transfers, the names must be listed exactly as they appear in the first part of the Title of … Read More

Estate Lawyers Represent only the Personal Representative

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Sometimes in cases of estate administration, the person named as administrator of the estate will retain a lawyer to assist him or her with the process, only to learn later that there is a potential conflict of interest involved. A British Columbia estate administration lawyer who has a busy practice and full roster of present and former clients may not … Read More

The Duties of an Executor, Part I

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If you are new to the probate process in British Columbia, you may be confused about your role in the process. In this blog post, we will explain some of the basics. The process of probate is to have the court validate the decedent’s will (ie the person who has passed away). While there may be some exceptions, the decedent’s … Read More

British Columbia Probate Rules

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It can be confusing to interpret the rules regarding the disposition of your property in Canada after your death. Below are some basic facts of which all British Columbia residents should be aware. On the date of your death, the government calculates the fair market value of all of your property as if it were sold, including depreciable property, capital … Read More