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Home Values and Unfair Distribution Claims | Klein Lawyers

Families Contesting Wills Amid Rising House Prices Becomes Common in Vancouver

COVID-19 has impacted yet another aspect of life – the Vancouver housing market. According to CBC News, “The average selling price of a detached home in Greater Vancouver rose for the sixth straight month in January, the first time that had happened since 2013.” This increase in housing prices has caused an uptick in family […]

Common Wills Variation Questions | Klein Lawyers

Wills Variation FAQ

In a previous blog, we explained the questions you should ask your Vancouver wills variation lawyer when you are about to undergo the estate litigation process. Today, we will share some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) in wills variation. What Is Undue Influence? Undue influence occurs when someone who is in a position […]

Distribution of an Intestate Estate | Klein Lawyers

What Happens in BC If There Is No Will?

If a member of your family dies with a will in place, the will should provide direction for the distribution of his or her estate. But, if your loved one died without a will (he or she died intestate), the distribution of assets is governed by statute in British Columbia. If a loved one dies […]

Is a Will Valid When Witnessed Virtually? | Klein Lawyers

The Potential Issues with Virtual Witnesses of Wills

The British Columbia Government has introduced legislation to enable courts to accept electronic wills and to permit the remote witnessing of wills. However, the shift in virtual wills witnessing has led to some complications in estate litigation. Virtual Witness to Wills As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has allowed witnesses of wills […]

Multiple Spousal Relationships in Wills Variation | Klein Lawyers

Involved in Two Spousal Relationships? Each Gets Half of Your Estate.

Following the case involving a “secret family,” the British Columbia Supreme Court has confirmed that a deceased person can have more than one concurrent “spousal relationship” at the time of death. This means that the ‘second family’ is generally entitled to half of the estate. Klein Lawyers explains. What Is a Spousal Relationship? Under the […]