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…

(Audio) Daniel Shea Discusses Divorce with Children

April 4th, 2017 by Dan Shea

Daniel Shea discusses divorce with children with AM1150.

(Audio) Colin Flannigan Discusses Estranged Children and Wills

March 14th, 2017 by Colin Flannigan

Colin Flannigan discusses estranged children and wills with AM1150.

The Case for Excluded Property under the Family Law Act

February 27th, 2017 by Heidi Taylor

Since the new Family Law Act ... the courts have been wrestling with the legislature's intent behind ‘excluded property’ claims. One of these issues is whether funds initially received by a spouse as…

Property Restraining Orders Against Companies in Family Law

October 14th, 2016 by Heidi Taylor

Under the former Family Relations Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c.128 any party could be restrained from disposing of potential family assets pending trial. The FLA changed the landscape, limiting restraining…

Family Companies

September 28th, 2016 by Heidi Taylor

When parties separate a spouse’s share in a ‘family company’ is often at issue... Post separation, spouses sometimes struggle with how to define the value of that business.

(AUDIO) Carolyn Cyfra Discusses Divorce, Child Support and Family Law

July 26th, 2016 by FH&P Lawyers

Carolyn Cyfra Discusses Divorce, Child Support and Family Law

(AUDIO) Daniel Shea Discusses Divorce and Family Law

June 28th, 2016 by Dan Shea

Daniel Shea discusses divorce and family law with Phil Johnson from AM1150.

(AUDIO) - Gillian Dougans discusses elder caregivers and elder law.

June 9th, 2016 by FH&P Lawyers

Listen as Gillian Dougans discusses elder caregivers and elder law.

(Audio) - Jim Herperger discusses how parents with special needs children deal with getting old.

April 28th, 2016 by FH&P Lawyers

Listen as Jim Herperger discusses how parents with special needs children deal with getting old.

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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