Category Archives: Wills and Estates

The Impact of a Dower Act Life Estate on the Valuation and Distribution of Intestate Estates

By: Jonnette Watson Hamilton PDF Version: The Impact of a Dower Act Life Estate on the Valuation and Distribution of Intestate Estates Case Commented On: Estate of Johnson, Rick Allen (Re), 2017 ABQB 399 (CanLII) The deceased, Rick Allen Johnson, died … Continue reading

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Capacity to Make and Revoke an Enduring Power of Attorney

By: Jonnette Watson Hamilton PDF Version: Capacity to Make and Revoke an Enduring Power of Attorney Case Commented On: Pirie v Pirie, 2017 ABQB 104 (CanLII) The issue in this case was whether the applicant had the mental capacity in July 2016 … Continue reading

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Reaffirming the Importance of Clarity in Drafting a Will

By: Geoff S. Costeloe PDF Version: Reaffirming the Importance of Clarity in Drafting a Will Case Commented On: MRM Estate (Re), 2015 ABQB 475 A recent Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench decision has demonstrated the lengths that the Court can … Continue reading

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A Cautionary Tale for Step-Parents and Step-Children

By: Jonnette Watson Hamilton PDF Version: A Cautionary Tale for Step-Parents and Step-Children Case Commented On: Peters Estate (Re), 2015 ABQB 168 CanLII People have many different ways of defining “family” and what being part of a family means to … Continue reading

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Worth the Wait – New Estate Administration Act Introduced

By: Maria Lavelle PDF Version: Worth the Wait – New Estate Administration Act Introduced Legislation commented on: Bill 4, Estate Administration Act, Second Session, 28th Legislature, 63 Elizabeth II (2014) In an earlier post, I indicated that the Government of … Continue reading

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