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Can a Power of Attorney Change a Will After a Death? | McLarty Wolf Litigation Lawyers

A power of attorney is a legally binding document giving a person some authority to act on behalf of another. There are very strict limitations as to what this person can and cannot do. If you believe someone has changed a will or has made changes he or she is not authorized to do on

When Can a Will Be Contested? | McLarty Wolf Litigation Lawyers

The death of a loved family member is an emotionally difficult, perhaps even traumatic event.  That grief can be compounded if you learn that your parent or spouse treated you unfairly in their will or if you have concerns regarding the circumstances of the making of the will.  Although it is difficult to be objective

Land Co-Ownership Disputes Under the British Columbia Property Law Act | McLarty Wolf Litigation Lawyers

We all go into business and land partnerships with the best intentions. Many of these arrangements are profitable and offer new ways to finance the purchase of real estate and build businesses. Unfortunately, these plans can backfire and interests you sought to advance can become severely threatened. Co-ownership of real estate is one example where

Seller Misrepresented the Condition of the Property | McLarty Wolf

There are many things that can hamper a real estate deal. A house may not have the marble countertop you were looking for or the yard may not have a fence to offer more privacy. These are minor issues that a motivated homeowner may be willing to live with in order to secure a suitable

Disinheritance of a Child by their Parent | McLarty Wolf Litigation Lawyers

Can a parent in British Columbia cut one or more of their children from their will, or leave more to one child than another?  Those are not simple questions to answer.  However if one of your parents recently died leaving little or nothing to you, here are some of the issues that need to be

Property Listings Birdview | McLarty Wolf Litigation Lawyers

Main Takeaways: The main difference between tenancy in common and joint tenancy is what happens to the land when one of the co-owners dies. For a tenancy in common, when one of the owners dies, their interest in the land forms part of their estate to be distributed in accordance with the deceased’s will, or in

Undue Influence Cases | McLarty Wolf Litigation Lawyers

Undue Influence Cases

When someone dies and questions begin to be asked about the deceased’s property, it is obviously important to determine whether that person left a will.  In most cases, family members will accept the will maker’s wishes for the disposition of their property.  However, in other cases the family might find the contents of the will

Mutual Wills, Joint Wills and Mirror Wills | McLarty Wolf Litigation Lawyers

Enacting a will is an important step for everyone to ensure that they have a plan ready in the event of the unexpected. It’s also a good idea to create one as soon as possible, so you are prepared for the future. When couples share a significant number of assets, it can make the process

Judge Gavel | McLarty Wolf Litigation Lawyers

There are several reasons that a person may contest a will. They may have been left out of the will or feel that they did not get what they thought they should. Whatever the reason, contesting a will is not easy, but the process is straightforward – as long as you begin your action before

Grounds for Contesting a Will | McLarty Wolf Litigation Lawyers

Grounds for Contesting a Will

In Canada, the courts acknowledge the autonomy of a person making a will (known as a “testator”). They are, for the most part, able to dispose and divide their assets as they choose. However, sometimes a spouse or child may feel that they did not receive their fair share of the estate and choose to

Wills Variation in Vancouver, BC | McLarty Wolf Litigation Lawyers

A wills variation is an opportunity for a spouse or child of a deceased individual to seek out changes to an existing will. Applying for a wills variation can be complex since the parties involved must prove the reason for such an application. The good news is that under British Columbia’s Wills, Estates, and Succession

Inheritances Under WESA | McLarty Wolf Litigation Lawyers

Inheritances Under WESA

The Wills, Estates and Succession Act has significantly changed some portions of British Columbia law affecting wills, estates and inheritances. If you expect to inherit property in the future — or if you’ll leave property to heirs in a will — it’s important to understand the possible ramifications. Lawmakers adopted WESA to modernize rules related