Archive for July, 2015

Vested versus Contingent Interests

Courts have guidelines for interpreting ambiguous provisions in contracts, Wills, and other documents.  With respect to Wills, where the will-maker’s Will contains clauses that can either be interpreted as: giving an interest that is vested (owned by the beneficiary at the will-maker’s death); or giving an interest that is contingent (ownership is conditional on another event after the… View this post »

Does the Court Have Power to Cure a Defective Will?

The Wills, Estates and Succession Act (“WESA”) implements a variety of changes. One of the most significant changes is to empower the Court to order that a record, document, writing, or marking on a Will or document is fully effective as a Will even though the formal requirements for the format and execution of the… View this post »