The Four Kinds of Digital Assets

May 22nd, 2015 by Nancy Ling

Our daily transactions and interactions are increasingly done online and by email. Consider how many online accounts and passwords you have: Facebook, Instagram, Gmail, Netflix, Amazon, EBay, PayPal,…

Take the family to Law Day on April 25

April 21st, 2015 by FH&P Lawyers

On Saturday April 25, 2015, the Kelowna Bar Association is encouraging the community to take the law into their own hands by discovering what it takes to have a career in the legal system.

Property Division under the New Family Law Act

April 17th, 2015 by Heidi Taylor

​With the coming into force of the new Family Law Act on March 18, 2013, there are wide sweeping changes to how couples divide their property upon separation and divorce. Most notably, common law…

Underinsured Motorist Protection

April 16th, 2015 by FH&P Lawyers

In my last blog, I wrote about how a BC motorist is only obligated, as part of the process of licensing and insuring his or her vehicle, to purchase Basic Autoplan Insurance. Basic Autoplan Insurance…

“Can my employer do that?” – The Facts on Constructive Dismissal

April 14th, 2015 by FH&P Lawyers

The peaks and valleys of British Columbia’s economic landscape are often leaving employers looking for ways to reorganize their businesses, cut expenses and lower their overhead. Unfortunately,…

Is Joint Tenancy the Right Choice?

March 10th, 2015 by Nancy Ling

I am often asked by clients whether they should hold their assets jointly; whether it’s a bank account, their vehicle, or their home. For certain people, in specific circumstances, this can be very…

Can I keep that Real Estate Deposit if the Purchaser Walks Away?

February 19th, 2015 by Heidi Taylor

This was the question put before the British Columbia Court of Appeal in the recent decision of Tang v. Zhang 2013 BCCA 52. In the purchase of a $2 Million property in Vancouver, the Purchaser had…

“I was really hurt in that accident” – “This video shows otherwise”

February 12th, 2015 by FH&P Lawyers

ICBC has come out with their top exaggerated and fraudulent claims of 2014. Suffice it to say, it is not wise to try and pull a fast one on ICBC especially when your story has absolutely no credence!

Elder Mediation – Who gets the ball rolling and why?

February 12th, 2015 by Gillian Dougans

Elder Law is simply that area of law which focuses on issues that affect us as we age. These issues include Estate Planning, Planning for Incapacity, Representation Agreements, Powers of Attorney and…

Joint Tenancy Pt. 2 – Resulting Trusts

February 9th, 2015 by Nancy Ling

In a previous blog post, I wrote about the pros and cons involved with owning assets in joint tenancy. One of the highlighted reasons for owning property in joint tenancy was for estate planning…

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How do I determine who will be my child's guardian?

There are often challenges when someone dies without a Will, but it can be particularly problematic if the person who has died is a parent and guardian of a minor child.

Drafting a Will - Do's and Don'ts

Writing a will is an essential step to planning the future of your assets, as well as ensuring your family and loved ones will always be taken care of. Wills allow you to maintain control of what happens to your life’s earnings. This could mean assets with monetary value, such as real estate, bank accounts, and businesses, but it could also mean things of sentimental value, such as family heirlooms and pets. Wills allow you the agency to appoint who you believe is the best fit to take care of your belongings after you pass. This gives clarity and ease of administration to your loved ones. When you make a will, you ensure that you decide what happens to your assets, as opposed to the government. It gives you the peace of mind of maximizing the number of belongings you have going to beneficiaries. When writing a will, one must take concise action and take numerous things into consideration. As such, we at FH&P have compiled a list of a few Do’s and Don’ts to help with the process:

Estate Grants: Grant of Probate

Probate is a process through which the court validates the authenticity of a will. Once the process is complete, the court issues a Grant of Probate. A Grant of Probate allows institutions to verify they are dealing with the right executor and the will presented is the correct will. Not all wills need to be probated