6 Things You Need to Know About the Wills, Estates and Succession Act in British Columbia

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1. The Wills, Estate and Succession Act (WESA) came into effect on March 31, 2014.  It replaced:

  • the Wills Act
  • the Wills Variation Act
  • the Estate Administration Act
  • the Probate Recognition Act
2. The WESA does not invalidate wills made prior to March 31, 2014.

3. The court can decide what makes a valid will. An email, bits of paper, a text message, a video recording may represent the deceased’s intention.

4. Marriage on or after March 31, 2014 no longer revokes an existing will.

5. A gift in a will to a spouse is revoked if separation occurs.

6. It’s important to have a will or keep your will updated because the rules have changed as to who gets what and how much.

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