Archive for February, 2014

Text Message Wills?

As we indicated previously, when WESA comes into force on March 31, 2014, the courts will have discretion to accept for probate a document or record that does not meet the formal requirements for the execution of wills.  BC courts have not had this discretion in the past.  Pursuant to section 58 of WESA, the… View this post »

Charitable Trusts & The Disbursement Quota Requirements

One of the difficulties that can arise in managing a charitable trust relates to the disbursement quota requirements that apply to registered charities. In general, these rules require a charitable trust to spend a minimum amount annually (currently 3.5% of the charity’s investment assets) on charitable activities, including gifts to other qualified donees. If the… View this post »

BC Supreme Court releases decision in Bentley v. Maplewood Seniors Care Society

In an earlier post, we talked about the case of Margaret Bentley, an 82 year old woman with advanced Alzheimer’s disease, whose family had initiated litigation to prevent her care home from force-feeding her. Earlier this week, the Supreme Court of British Columbia released its 44-page decision in the case. In summary, the BC Supreme Court… View this post »