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, [...]
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.
When you lose a loved one, it is important to be aware of where they hold assets so that you are in a position to finalize all of their matters. If your loved one holds assets in both the province of British Columbia and another jurisdiction outside of British Columbia, you may find yourself needing [...]
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 [...]
July Advocate 2017
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]