December 18th, 2018 by David Kemp

With so much discussion about the ramifications of the legalization of cannabis in Canada, why has so little dialogue centred around the unique opportunities available to establish cannabis ventures…

Wills for Westbank First Nations People Living on Reserve Land

May 14th, 2018 by FH&P Lawyers

Are you curious about the laws surrounding wills for Westbank First Nations people living on reserve land?

What are Life Estates

February 28th, 2018 by Nancy Ling

In these days of readily available information, there are many things that a person can figure out for themselves. However, much like auto repair and DIY home repairs, there is the potential to create…

Buying your first home? We’re here to help.

February 22nd, 2018 by Colin Flannigan

If you’re looking to purchase your first home this year, and you are unsure as to what steps to take before taking the leap of faith, we are here to help.

​How can a lawyer help me during my real estate purchase?

November 6th, 2017 by Nancy Ling

Buying a house can be a daunting prospect, if you are not sure what to expect. There are many steps to completing the purchase of your home, and knowing what is involved can take some of the stress…

(AUDIO) Dylan Switzer Discusses Condo Stratas & Neighbour Disputes

November 1st, 2016 by Dylan Switzer

Dylan Switzer discusses condo stratas & neighbour disputes.

(AUDIO) Shawn Speirs Discusses Rentals, Tenants and Real Estate Law

August 23rd, 2016 by FH&P Lawyers

Shawn Speirs discusses rentals, tenants and real estate law.

(AUDIO) Dylan Switzer Discusses Stratas and Real Estate Law

August 9th, 2016 by Dylan Switzer

Dylan Switzer Discusses Stratas and Real Estate Law

Purchasing a Tenanted Property

January 15th, 2016 by FH&P Lawyers

Purchasing a residential property which has tenants currently living in the residence can offer a number of challenges. Being aware of those challenges will help you to minimize your exposure and…

Real Estate Development: Business Structure

November 14th, 2015 by Dylan Switzer

In the first installment of this two part article, we canvassed the common forms of development financing. We now turn to the various business structures available to the developer to carry out the…

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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