Archive for September, 2012

Right to Die and Capacity Issues

In early summer our B.C. Supreme Court struck down the law prohibiting physician-assisted suicide. It is the Federal Government’s responsibility to respond to constitutional challenges to the Criminal Code and in this case the Federal Government instructed it’s lawyers at the Department of Justice to defend the legislation at the the B.C. Supreme Court level and… View this post »

Executor sentenced to 3 years in jail for misappropriating estate

In R. v. Singleton (Supreme Court of British Columbia), an executor (who was also a lawyer) was required to pay restitution and sentenced to 3 years imprisonment for theft and fraud in relation to his misappropriation of nearly half a million dollars from an estate. The total value of the George Estate was $1,061,648 from… View this post »

WESA – Wills , Estates and Succession Act, B.C.

When will the new Wills and Estates legislation actually  be operative in British Columbia? Many readers of this and other  estate related blogs know that there will be substantial changes to the entire Wills and Estates regime in British Columbia known as “WESA”- short form for the Wills , Estates and Succession Act. The proposed… View this post »