Estate law in British Columbia has recently undergone a massive change with the introduction of the Wills, Estates and Succession Act (WESA). Most of our clients arrive at our office after a loved one has died unsure of their own rights and options. They want to know whether or not they have a claim, and have a wide range of questions as to what they should do.

At Lunny Atmore LLP, we answer their questions and help them resolve estate disputes cost-effectively, with compassion and understanding. We also deal with a related field, elder issues, which involves estate planning, guardianship and elder abuse.

  • Disinherited: If you are a spouse or child who has been disinherited or inadequately provided for, or an executor dealing with disinheritance, we can help you understand your rights and plan a response.
  • Contesting a Will: We can help you contest or defend a will for a variety of reasons, including unequal treatment of beneficiaries.
  • Undue Influence: A valid will or gift should reflect the wishes of the maker of the will or giver of the gift. If somebody influences that person through force, fraud, fear or coercion, we can help you contest the will or gift.
  • Guardianship/Committeeship: Adult guardianship is used to protect adults who cannot make their own decisions any more. If you believe a loved one needs guardianship, we can guide you through the process.
  • Intestacy: We can help you through the process of settling an estate if your loved one has died without a will.
  • Beneficiary Rights: Many of our clients are unsure of their rights when it comes to inheritance, compensation, and what they should expect from the executor or trustee of a will or trust. We can help you understand your rights and assert them if necessary.
  • Mental Incapacity: An assessment for mental incapacity is done as a last resort to keep a loved one safe, before appointing a guardian. We can help you deal with mental incapacity assessments, as friend, family member or as the person being assessed.
  • Removing a Trustee or Executor: When executors or trustees doesn't perform their duties, beneficiaries have the right to try to remove them. Our lawyers help beneficiaries assert this right when necessary.
  • Contesting a Gift: Many people give away their assets during their lifetime, for many reasons. Unfortunately, lack of capacity, undue influence and other factors may make a gift invalid. We can help you contest a gift, or defend it.
  • Variation of a Will: A valid will that does not adequately provide for a spouse or children can be modified so that it provides adequate provision. We can help spouses and children whether to apply for variation, or defend a will that is being challenged.

Contact Lunny Atmore LLP

If you are a family, individual or executor in Vancouver or surrounding areas of British Columbia, call us at 604-259-1678 or fill out our online form to set up an appointment.