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Frequently Asked Questions

Who has the legal right to bring forward a wills variation claim or contest the validity of a will?

Wills variation claims pertain to a very narrow group that includes spouses and biological or adopted children.

Contesting the validity of a will pertains to a much wider group. If you have an interest in an estate, call us to see if your situation qualifies.

How long do I have to take action?

Beneficiaries have 180 days from the Grant of Probate, not from the date of death, to file a Wills Variation claim.

The timeframe for contesting the validity of a will depends on the circumstances and time limits will apply. We recommend booking a free consultation to assess your situation.

What kind of assets are involved in estate disputes?

An estate includes all of the property that the deceased owned or had an interest in including bank accounts, real estate holdings, and personal property such as vehicles, jewellery, and art.

Estates can also include shares in companies or businesses that continue to operate.

Timing is everything.

In B.C. there is a strict legal time limit to contest a will - within 180 days from Grant of Probate.


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