FH&P Lawyers is proud to continue our support of the Special Olympics program in Kelowna, as the title sponsor of the Fundraising Golf Classic for the 8th consecutive year. The golf tournament took place this year on Friday, June 7th, at the Kelowna Springs Golf Club, and had a great turnout, with 116 golfers and numerous volunteers. Associate lawyer Dustin Merritt played a significant role in organizing the tournament by serving as the Chair of the board of directors. Murray Bye, David Kemp and several of the firm’s staff also volunteered and were instrumental in the success of the tournament.
Special Olympics is dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities through sport. In Kelowna, Special Olympics hosts various programs for children ranging from 2-18 years old. The programs are run by Kelowna locals, and include up to 18 different sports and youth programs. Special Olympics not only helps the athletes to advance their athletic abilities, but also helps them gain social empowerment and acceptance, as well as cultivating a great sense of self-confidence!
The Fundraising Golf Classic continues to provide a significant source of funding for Kelowna’s Special Olympics programs. This year the tournament raised approximately $45,000, which is integral to the multitude of programs Special Olympics provides. The values of the Special Olympics Kelowna branch (inclusion, diversity, empowerment, respect, and excellence) strongly align with those of FH&P Lawyers, a major reason why the firm looks forward to the event each year.
Moral Obligations When Writing your Will - Contemporary Standards of B.C.
In most cases, a will-maker has testamentary autonomy, the complete freedom to dispose of one’s estate as they see fit. However, certain situations necessitate the involvement of the court to override the wishes of the will-maker. When drafting your will, what moral obligations do you keep in mind? Do strained social and familial ties serve as enough of a reason to cut certain people out of your will? If the reasons are seemingly discriminatory, (such as based on gender, race, sexuality, social class, or otherwise) does the court have the discretion to decide on your behalf? To understand the extent of your autonomy in your will, it is highly beneficial to understand the bounds of contemporary community standards in BC court.
Estate Grants - Administration
An estate grant of Administration is a grant by the Supreme Court appointing an individual to act as the administrator of the estate. This grant is typically necessary if the deceased dies without a will (intestate). A Grant of Administration gives an administrator the official right and recognition to act on behalf of the estate.
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.