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Professional Lawyers for Estate Litigation in Kamloops

When a person dies and the deceased’s heirs or beneficiaries disagree on what should be done with the estate, litigation is sometimes required.  Some of the more common aspects of estate litigation are summarized below. You can count on Cates Ford Soll & Epp LLP to help you with this issue with our team of experienced estate litigation in Kamloops.

Wills variation claims

Under the Law in British Columbia, wills variation claims provide for the need of testamentary freedom, in which the owner of a property has the right to dispose of the property as they please, with specific legal and moral obligations towards immediate family, namely their children and their spouse.


Spouses and children can apply to the court to vary a will after the death of the will-maker. This commonly comes up when the applicant to vary the will is disinherited or left with less than an adequate share of the estate. The application to vary the will must be started within 180 days of the grant of probate, keeping in mind that some other deadlines may be applicable during this entire process.


Successful applications to vary a will can result in a distribution of the estate that is not contemplated in the will itself.


We are experienced in advancing and defending claims to vary wills, and we would be happy to assist. 



Contesting the Validity of a will

Unlike wills variation claims, applications to invalidate wills are not restricted to spouses or children of the deceased.  When people challenge the validity of a will, it is often on the basis that the deceased did not have the mental capacity to understand the will when it was made, or that the deceased was unduly influenced to make the will in the way he or she made it. 


Successful applications to invalidate wills can result in:

  • the “springing to life” of a previous valid will, or
  • if there is no previous valid will, the estate being divided amongst the heirs of the deceased according to provisions of the Wills, Estates and Succession Act of BC.  

Our experienced legal professionals can help you in prosecuting or defending claims of invalid wills.


Other estate litigation claims

We can also assist in all other aspects of estate litigation, including applications:

  • to “cure” seemingly deficient wills, for example, wills that may not have been properly signed or witnessed, such that they are deemed valid wills
  • to “rectify” a will, if the will does not represent the intentions of the deceased, such that the “new” will now represents the intentions of the deceased
  • to ensure an executor is distributing an estate properly, often referred to as the passing of accounts
  • to replace or remove an executor from administering an estate if the situation warrants it.


Contact Estate Litigation Lawyers in Kamloops

We look forward to working with you to find practical and cost-effective solutions to your estate litigation and wills and estate needs. Contact us today for more information. Appointments are available.


The following lawyers would be happy to assist you in the matters related to estate litigation:

Dependable Estate Litigation in Kamloops

Count on the experience and legal expertise of our lawyers at Cates Ford Soll & Epp LLP to provide you with reliable assistance for estate litigation.


Cates Ford Soll & Epp LLP
#300 - 272 Victoria Street
Kamloops, BC 

V2C 2A2

Phone: 250-372-1234

Chase Branch Office
4-834 Shuswap Avenue,
Chase, BC
V0E 1M0

Fax: 250-828-6697

Toll free: 1-800-949-3362


Chase Location: 250-679-3180


Monday – Friday: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Chase Location Hours
Thursday – By Appointment


Ashcroft Location Hours

Tuesday - By Appointment


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