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.
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