FASThelp: Wills, Estates and Succession

Updating our law

For more than 100 years in British Columbia the administration of the estates of deceased persons was governed primarily by a statute called the Estate Administration Act.  On March 31, 2014 all that changes when the Wills, Estates and Succession Act came into force and a number of older statutes (and statutory provisions) including the Estate Administration Act were repealed.  Gone are:

Estate Administration Act, RSBC 1996, c. 122
Probate Recognition Act, RSBC 1996, c. 376
Wills Act, RSBC 1996, c. 48
Wills Variation Act, RSBC 1996, c. 490
Law and Equity Act, RSBC 1996, c. 253, s. 46, 49, 50, & 51
Survivorship and Presumption of Death Act, RSBC 1996, c. 444, s. 2
and some 41 other statutes have been amended to fit with the new legislative scheme.

in addition to new rules, forms and procedures regarding making Wills AND administering deceased estates, there have also been significant changes made to this extent of law in this entire area. The law now IS NOT NECESSARILY THE SAME AS IT WAS BEFORE MARCH 31, 2014

Since WESA embodies some very sweeping legal changes indeed, we at DogwoodLaw recommend that if you have undergone any substantial changes in your life or estate planning recently, or have been thinking about reviewing or changing your estate plan in the near future, you may wish to consider doing that and addressing your planning objectives sooner rather than later.


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