Heritage Law

220 – 545 Clyde Avenue
West Vancouver, BC V7T 1C5

Phone: 778-786-0615
Fax: 778-786-0616
Email: info@bcheritagelaw.com

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Successful Settlement of a Wills Variation Claim

I’m looking forward to appearing in the Supreme Court of BC tomorrow to obtain court approval of a comprehensive Settlement Agreement reached between parties to a wills variation claim, pursuant to s. 60 of the Wills, Estates and Succession Act.  Although a complete and final settlement of the claim has been reached among all parties, [...]

By | January 9th, 2020|Estate Litigation, Estate Mediation|0 Comments

Estate and Elder Mediation: Essential Information for Families

In estate and elder disputes, there is often a complex web of issues, interests and motivations. A skilled mediator can help manage a complex environment of multiple parties, family dynamics, financial issues, legal issues, health issues and often strong emotions. While it may not be the best process for every situation, there are many estate and elder disputes that could benefit from mediation. With the help of an experienced, impartial mediator, it is a solution-oriented option for families who seek a workable, higher quality resolution for disputes without the delays, stress and costs of formal litigation.

By | October 19th, 2019|Estate Mediation|0 Comments

Can Moving Out Of The Country Get You Off The Hook From Paying Child Support?

Mayall v. Kebarle - 2018 BCSC 170 Can moving out of the country get you off the hook from paying child support? A recent BC decision says no. While moving to Belize may let you escape the cold weather, it will not release you from your legal obligations. Courts will grant child support variations if [...]

By | May 18th, 2018|Adult Guardianship, Divorce, Family Law|0 Comments

Divorce in Your Future? Checklist for Pre, During and Post-Divorce

Pre-Divorce/Preventative To Do’s Preliminary If you are in a situation where abuse or violence is present, even if it is not physical abuse, call VictimLink at 1-800-563-0808 to speak with an advocate or support person about your options, and they can connect you with shelters and other safe temporary housing, and get you support for [...]

By | April 10th, 2017|Divorce|0 Comments

The Benefits of Giving

Giving back can take many forms, from donating to a worthwhile charity to helping your neighbor dig his car out of the snow. Whether it’s donating money or goods or volunteering time or services, contributing to a worthwhile cause feels good. For most people, the primary motivation for a donation is the sincere belief in [...]

By | March 7th, 2017|Estate Planning, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Family Justice Reform in British Columbia & the Northern Navigator Initiative: A Preliminary Review

Looking south into downtown Dawson Creek, B.C., with the Alaska Highway Mile "0" post.   Abstract This paper looks at the problem of diminishing access to family justice in British Columbia from a court users perspective. It considers the current state of the justice system and family law in British Columbia and looks at two [...]

By | February 27th, 2017|Family Law|0 Comments

Conflict Analysis and Intervention Selection for the Parenting Coordinator: Strategies for Success

No one who practices family law in the trenches has any doubt about the destructive nature of custody disputes and the long term adverse consequences of parental conflict upon the wellbeing of children. It is beyond frustrating and disheartening to watch children trapped in the vortex of their parent’s disputes.  Parenting coordination is a relatively [...]

By | December 2nd, 2016|Family Law, Parenting Coordination, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Conflict Analysis and Intervention Selection for the Parenting Coordinator: Strategies for Success

What is a Valid Will in BC?

Pursuant to the Wills, Estates and Succession Act, S.B.C. 2009, c. 13 (“WESA”), ss. 36-40: the will must be in writing; the will must be signed at its end by the will-maker; the signature must be made or acknowledged by the will-maker in the presence of two or more witnesses who are present at the [...]

By | June 13th, 2016|Estate Planning, Uncategorized|Comments Off on What is a Valid Will in BC?