Experienced Team Of Lawyers Helping Clients In And Around Vancouver Facing Trust And Estate-Related Legal Matters
While thorough and well-considered estate planning for every individual in British Columbia can ensure to some extent that your property is distributed in line with your sincere wishes after your death, unfortunately, even the best plans can sometimes fail and disputes regarding an estate can arise even prior to a death.
Legal issues regarding trusts and estates can often result in contentious and resource-consuming litigation and can cause deep rifts in families. At the Vancouver law firm of McLarty Wolf, we strive to help every client resolve any disputed estates in the most amicable and efficient way possible to limit the effects on your family while preserving or establishing your rights.
Handling a wide range of issues regarding disputed estates
When trusts, wills, and estates are at issue, many different types of legal disputes may arise. Some of the estate litigation cases we handle involve the following issues:
- Disinheritance and wills variation under the Wills, Estates, and Succession Act
- Contested and disputed wills
- Disputed inheritances
- Inheritances under the Wills, Estates, and Succession Act
- Guardianships and committees of estate
- Patients Property Act
- Certificates of Incapability
- Adult Guardianship Act
- Elder abuse
- Claims against executors and trustees
- Contested trusts
Each of these legal issues requires knowledge and understanding of the relevant laws, which may be complex and ever-changing. For this reason, the lawyers of McLarty Wolf strive to stay fully informed of new and changing legal perspectives and strategies to improve the efficiency and success of each of our estate litigation cases.
Contact an experienced Vancouver estate litigation law firm for a no-obligation consultation today
At McLarty Wolf, our experienced disputed estates lawyers explore every possible method of dispute resolution so that you can obtain a favorable result with as little stress as possible for you. We zealously represent every client in their individual legal matter, so please call our office today at 604-688-9542 to find out how we can help you.
Estate Litigation Terms
It is very difficult when a close family member or friend passes away. If there is litigation over the estate of that person, , the process will seem even more overwhelming. Whether currently involved in estate litigation or not, it can be helpful to have a basic understanding of common Vancouver estate litigation terms.
Beneficiary: An individual named in a will to receive some portion of an estate. A beneficiary can also involve a beneficial interest in a trust.
Descendant: A descendant is a relative in the direct line of descent such as the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of an individual.
Estate: The property owned by an individual including financial accounts, cash, real estate and personal property.
Executor: An individual named in a will to follow the directions of the deceased and to carry out the terms of the will.
Intestate: The state or condition of dying without having made a valid will or without having disposed, by will, of a segment of the property of the decedent.
Probate: The process in the Supreme Court of B.C. whereby a will is proved and accepted as valid.
Will: A written statement, usually signed, made by an individual, which directs the distribution of their property when they die.
Wills, Estates and Succession Act: The WESA Act is the British Columbia statute that sets out the legal principles regarding the making and validity of wills, the distribution of an estates where there is no will, will’s variation claims, and the probate and administration of estates.
Will-maker: An individual who makes a will.
Will’s variation: a legal claim by a child or a spouse of a will-maker that the will makes inadequate provision for the child’s/spouse’s maintenance or support .
When a person with a will dies, the executor appointed by the will must obtain a grant of probate from the Court in order to pay the will-maker’s debts and distribute his or her property to the persons named as beneficiaries in the will. Any person who questions the validity of the will or who claims that the will should varied in their favour, would then have the opportunity to have that claim resolved by the Court.
Talk to a Vancouver Estate Litigation Lawyer
Estate Litigation can take on many different forms, many of which are complicated to understand. It is important to speak to a Vancouver Estate Litigation lawyer. The lawyers at McLarty Wolf are committed to helping those who require estate litigation in order to protect their rights. To discuss your case with one of our lawyers, call our office today at 604-688-9542 or send us an email through our online contact form.