Is Mediation for me? When to resort to alternative dispute resolution

March 7th, 2019 by Rebecca Tenna

Legal proceedings can be long, expensive, and time consuming. There is an alternative or complementary process which may allow parties in a dispute to settle it faster and cheaper than going to…

FH&P Lawyers LLP welcome the clients of Schwartz & Co.

February 27th, 2019 by FH&P Lawyers

The team here at FH&P Lawyers LLP want to extend their congratulations to Steven Schwartz on his appointed to the Supreme Court of B.C. as a Master of the Court by the Government of British Columbia.

FH&P Lawyers celebrates decades of staff dedication at Yvonne Gramiak and Carroll Barker's anniversary party

February 22nd, 2019 by Rebecca Tenna

Loyal and dedicated staff are a major pillar for the firm’s long standing success.

FH&P Lawyers LLP welcomes Murray Bye to the firm

February 20th, 2019 by FH&P Lawyers

FH&P Lawyers LLP is pleased to announce Murray Bye has joined the team as our Chief Operating Officer.

Proudly Serving the Okanagan for Over a Century

February 7th, 2019 by Rebecca Tenna

​FH&P Lawyers LLP can trace its ancestry back in time to before Kelowna was incorporated as a city in 1905.

Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act: Direct Sales, Distance Sales and Prepaid Purchase Cards

February 5th, 2019 by FH&P Lawyers

It’s a classic scenario — someone rings your doorbell or calls your home to ‘make you an offer you can’t refuse’ on a product or service that they are selling. Whether it’s a robust cable package, a…

From meditation to mediation: How Kristin Greenough maintains a balance of Yoga and the law

January 30th, 2019 by Rebecca Tenna

As far as settings go, a lawyer’s office and a yoga studio seem oxymoronic, an unspoken rule forbidding one from entering the space of the other. FH&P’s Kristin Greenough, however, refutes this…

Dad cut me out of the will — what are my options?

January 25th, 2019 by FH&P Lawyers

Dealing with the passing of a family member, especially a parent, is a painful and emotional process. What can make this process even more difficult is finding out that you were not included in their…

If you ever wondered how lawyers' de-stress, let our young lawyers show you!

January 23rd, 2019 by Rebecca Tenna

What better way to de-stress than breathing fresh mountain air and skiing with like-minded people? None!

FH&P Lawyers is a proud sponsor of the Spring Lantern Festival

January 18th, 2019 by Rebecca Tenna

This spring, FH&P Lawyers is proud to support the OCCA’s Chinese Spring Lantern Festival. The festival will feature a Chinese New Year Dinner, performances, multiple booths, door prizes, and many…

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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