All posts in the ‘Probate’ category

Managing digital assets – Preserving your social media legacy

In our 2013 article “Dealing with Digital Assets in an Estate”, we discussed the importance of identifying, cataloguing, and planning for your digital assets, an often overlooked aspect of estate planning. In broad terms, “digital assets” include all of the electronic possessions an individual may have. A recent survey conducted by McAfee revealed that the… View this post »

Court Orders a Letter to be Effective as the Last Will of the Deceased

WESA, the new estate legislation, contains a “dispensing power”, which allows a Court to order that a writing that does not meet the formal requirements of a Will is still effective as a Will.  This morning, Gordon Behan and I applied to Court for an order that a letter written by the deceased on the… View this post »

Court clarifies WESA notice requirement

Since BC’s Wills, Estates and Succession Act (WESA) and accompanying Supreme Court Probate Rules came into force on March 31, we have been working with our counterparts in the Probate Registry to clarify some of the new procedural requirements. One of the things we have puzzled over, relating to the timing of the beneficiary notice,… View this post »