This past weekend (Jan 19-20), the young associates of FH&P, joined their peers from all over BC to hit the beautiful slopes for the 7th annual Big White ski trip, organized by CBA BC Young Lawyers Association. This event was first created and organized in 2013 by FH&P’s very own Nancy Ling, who wanted a winter alternative to the numerous golf tournaments that take place in the summer, that allow lawyers to create meaningful networks while still enjoying the outdoors. Lawyers bring their spouses and friends for a weekend filled with all types of mountain activities ( skiing, snowboarding, and après ski, to mention a few), and get to mingle with their peers from other law firms all over BC outside of the suits. The event is open to all young lawyers all over BC, and provides lunch, dinner, and drinks throughout the weekend!
What better way to de-stress than breathing fresh mountain air and skiing with like-minded people? None!
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.