Category Archives: Wills and Estates

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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The State of Estate Administration in Alberta

PDF Version: The State of Estate Administration in Alberta Report commented on: Alberta Law Reform Institute, Final Report on Estate Administration In October 2013, the Alberta Law Reform Institute (ALRI) released its Final Report on Estate Administration. It is anticipated … Continue reading

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The Pleasures and Perils of Holograph Wills

PDF version: The Pleasures and Perils of Holograph Wills Case Considered: Lubberts Estate, 2012 ABQB 506  This Court of Queen’s Bench decision interprets a provision in a holograph will.  The case is an example of the not-uncommon human tendency to try … Continue reading

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What does the term “oil well rights” mean when used in a will?

PDF version: What does the term “oil well rights” mean when used in a will?  Case considered: Wernicke v Quirk, 2011 SKCA 95 The moral of this story might well be “don’t mess with terms you don’t understand”; and if … Continue reading

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