Hiding Assets in Divorce Proceeding Backfires

By Sabey Rule Blog

To some extent, the court process depends on the integrity of the people involved, including the parties to a lawsuit, as well as their lawyers. Of course, some people do lie. The process allows for pre-trial document disclosure and examinations under oath. At a trial, there are usually several witnesses, and lawyers have the opportunity to question opposing parties as well as all of the witnesses Read More

Bach Estate

By Sabey Rule Blog

In British Columbia, if you make a gift to one of the two witnesses to your will, or to the spouse of one of the two witnesses to your will, the usual rule is that the gift is invalid. This rule can lead to very harsh results, invalidating significant gifts to close family or friends, thwarting the will maker’s intentions.

Fortunately, the Wills, Estates and Succession Act contains a new provision allowing the court to declare that a gift to a witness, or to the spousal witness, is valid and may take effect, if the court is satisfied that the will maker intended to make the gift. Read More

Committee’s Power to Waive Privilege on Behalf of Patient

By Sabey Rule Blog

There are many circumstances where a committee appointed to look after the affairs of a mentally incompetent patient may need to access the contents of a patient’s file materials from a lawyer. The cases of Derlago v Derlago, (1994) 93 BCLR (2d) 307, 2ETR (2d) 315 and Re: Elsie Jones, 2009 BCSC 1306, at paras 12-13, clarifies that the authority to make decisions regarding a patient’s property, including legal files, extends to the committee.

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Consolidating Bylaws

By Sabey Rule Blog, Strata and Condo Law

While it may be convenient to use a consolidated set of bylaws, especially when there have been numerous, piecemeal revisions to the bylaws over the years, relying on a consolidated set of bylaws can create serious issues. Further issues can be caused when a strata corporation files a consolidated set of bylaws in the Land Title Office (the “LTO”). A strata corporation should only distribute the filed, legal version of the bylaws to its owners.

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K.L.W v. Genesis Fertility Centre

By Sabey Rule Blog

Mr. A.B. had serious medical problems throughout his life. He and his wife, K.L.W., wished to have children. He arranged to have his sperm stored by Genesis Fertility Centre, so that his wife could use his reproductive material to conceive a child. He wanted her to be able to do so after his death. Read More

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