LEFT OUT OF THE WILL?Aug 20 2015
The topic of estate planning and wills can be an uncomfortable one. If an estate plan does not consider the applicable laws or a will is not prepared properly, it can lead to difficult situations when trying to settle an estate or interpret the wishes of a loved one after he or she has passed. While no one wishes for these types of scenarios, sometimes a person can be unfairly, or even unlawfully, left out of a will, and judges may have to apply the estate laws of BC to settle the disputed will.
The laws of BC provide that anyone who authors a will must live up to certain legal and moral obligations to provide for their spouse and children. If they do not live up to these obligations when they create a will, the laws of the province can be utilized to remedy any breach of these obligations. The best way to avoid a situation that requires estate litigation is to ensure your estate plan contemplates our laws and that your will is properly prepared.
To ensure your wishes are carried out, it is best to work with an estate planning lawyer, and to review your will and estate plan periodically, particularly when there is a significant change in your life circumstances.