Archive for December, 2012

The New Test for Capacity to make an Enduring Power of Attorney

BC’s new Power of Attorney Act (the “Act”), which came into effect on September 1, 2011, brought with it a number of changes relating to the “enduring power of attorney”, which is a type of power of attorney that continues to be valid after the person giving the power becomes incapable of managing his or… View this post »

Leaving Your Estate to a Pet – Is It Possible in Canada?

Animals have been prominent in newspaper headlines over the past week. A cute monkey in a coat wandered freely in a Toronto-area Ikea. In New Zealand, driving dogs passed a doggie driving test, navigating a modified car around a race track live on television. It turns out that animals are not all that different than… View this post »

Settlement of Wills Variation Claims Involving Minors

Under the Wills Variation Act of BC, a spouse or child of a deceased may apply to the Court to vary the deceased’s Will if the Will does not make adequate provision for the proper maintenance and support of the spouse or child. In some cases, adult beneficiaries and adult challenger(s) of the Will may… View this post »