Estate Litigation: Disputes Between Co-Administrators

Thursday, June 04, 2015 | Comments (0)

Estate Litigation

Administering an estate can be a difficult and time consuming task. When a co-administrator is unreasonable, it can result in litigation. The recent decision in Estate of Forbes McTavish (2015 BCSC 774) is one example of an estate dispute that ended up in court. In 2012 the testator died intestate leaving three children: Robert, Lauren and James. Letters of administration were granted which made all three siblings co-administrators of the estate. The estate was fairly modest consisting of a property valued at $380,000 and personal property with a value of approximately $61,000.

Trust Me, It Was A Mistake: Re Pallen Trust (2015 BCCA 222)

Friday, May 22, 2015 | Comments (0)

Trusts and estate planning

The highly anticipated BC Court of Appeal decision in Re Pallen Trust was released this week. The central issue in the case was the validity of a rescission order granted in the face of a challenge by the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”). The Court of Appeal upheld the Chamber Judge’s decision to grant the order

Hazy Regulations: Pot Shops In Vancouver

Friday, April 24, 2015 | Comments (0)

medical marijuana

The City of Vancouver is exploring new options to regulate the growing number of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.

Court Rules First Nations May Assert Unrecognized Rights and Titles in Private Litigation

Thursday, April 23, 2015 | Comments (0)

Totem pole BC.

The British Columbia Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal in the case of Saik’uz First Nation and Stellat’en First Nation v. Rio Tinto Alcan Inc., (2015 BCCA 154) overturning the chambers judge’s decision to strike a portion of the claim.

Procurement Disputes: A Block on the Road to Litigation

Tuesday, April 07, 2015 | Comments (0)

construction law

It is said that “All roads lead to Rome.” In the construction law context, this idiom may be modified to “All roads lead to court.”