Lawyers for Probate and Estates Administration in Victoria BC Canada

Probate lawyers in Victoria BC, on map of BC and Canada with photo of BC Legislature Building in Victoria in background as well as 6 lawyers experienced in Wills Probate and estate administration and wills disputes - CLICK TO LAWYER PROFILES

P. Bion · M. O'Connor · K. Gustafson · M. Mark · C. Salomon · S. Sieber · C. Hoy

Patrick Bion, experienced with wills and estates in addition to his Victoria  business-commercial law practice Michael O'Connor, Queens Counsel QC, experienced in wills disputes as well as a  civiil litiigation practice in  Victoria Kenneth Gustafson, Victoria wills and estates as well as his business  - commercial services development  legal services Michael Mark, wills & estates disputes / litigation lawyer in  Victoria serving clients as far away as  United Kindom Charlotte Salomon, Victoria lawyer experienced in wills, estaetes, real estate conveyance, and personal injury ICBC disputes Stephanie Sieber, Victoria solicitor experienced in wills and estates as well as her small business-commercial  services practice Christian Hoy, Victoria lawyer experienced in wills and estates, real estate conveyance, small business  and commercial leases

McConnan Bion O'Connor Peterson Law Corporporation

Suite #420 - 880 Douglas Street,
Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 2B7
Phone  250-385-1383     Toll free  1-888-385-1383

Charlotte Salomon, LLB partner with McConnon Bion O'Connor Peterseon handles wills and estate matters for clients

CHARLOTTE A. SALOMON, BA, LLB

Her preferred area of practise is wills/estates/probate/estate administration; real estate conveyancing and commercial and personal injury litigation.

Charlotte comes from a background of real estate development and corporate commercial financing.  her community & professional work includes:

In 2008 she became a principal of McConnan Bion O'Connor & Peterson.

  • Chair of the Canadian Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section, Vancouver Island, 2007 - 2009 [s/a cba.org/BC...]
  • Vice President for the Victoria Bar Association , 2009 [s/a vicbar.com].
  • Treasurer of the Victoria Bar Association 2007
  • She has also been the Chair of the BC CBA Civil Litigation Section for Vancouver Island and a member of the Audit Committee, Government Relations Committee and Court Services Committee of the BC CBA.
  • As well, Charlotte has also served as a member of the Board of Governors, Victoria Conservatory of Music and is interested in Federal politics, having served as President in two Federal Riding Associations.

Charlotte A. Salomon, Barrister & Solicitor
McConnan Bion O'Connor & Peterson Law Corp.
Suite # 420 - 880 Douglas Street,
Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 2B7
Phone:  250-385-1383  
Toll free:  1-888-385-1383
Web site: www.mcbop.com
Email:  csalomon@mcbop.com




BION, LLB

PATRICK EDWARD BION
Business-Commercial Services Lawyer
B.A. (UVIC - 1970), LL.B. (UBC - 1973)

Patrick practises in the wills, estates, and estate planning areas.  He also has extensive experience in real estate development, complex commercial transactions, financing, incorporations and advising small business generally.

Patrick is one of the three founding principals of McConnan Bion O'Connor & Peterson and has practised with the firm since 1975.

McConnan Bion O'Connor & Peterson Law Corporation
Suite # 420 - 880 Douglas Street,
Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 2B7
Phone:  250-385-1383    Toll free:  1-888-385-1383
Email Pat Bion:  pbion@mcbop.com
Web Site:  www.mcbop.com/corp/partners/bion.html

What Are Representation Agreements?
and
Powers of Attorney?

Michael Mark, Wills Disputes Estate Litigation  lawyer in Victoria

This information is provided courtesy of the wills & estates lawyers at McBOP.com


Representation Agreements - Reference Info

  • Authorizes and empowers another person (your representative) to make health care and personal care decisions of you, including a decision regarding "life support"
  • Allows you to identify the type of health care and personal care decisions your representative can or cannot make
  • Allows you to specify under what circumstances or events the representative may exercise these powers
  • Permits a person under diminished capacity to empower a representative to make routine financial and health care decisions for that person
  • Can include provisions to appoint a monitor to ensure your representative carries out your health care and personal care wishes
  • Can include power to act in financial or legal matters, as if under a general power of attorney
  • Survives subsequent incapacity

Must be in a form that meets prescribed signing and witnessing requirements


Powers of Attorney - Reference Info

  • Permits adults to grant authority to another person (the "attorney") to act on legal or financial matters on behalf of the adult
  • Can be general or specific as to the legal and/or financial matters covered
  • Can be expressed to survive any subsequent mental infirmity (an "enduring power of attorney")
  • Can name more than one attorney, to act together, or provide for an alternate attorney
  • Is automatically revoked on the death of the grantor
  • Is a useful and popular estate planning and management tool
  • Avoids expensive applications to court to appoint someone (a "Committee") to act on your behalf in the event you are incapacitated
  • Does not extend to making health care or personal care decisions

Must be in a form that meets prescribed signing and witnessing requirements

Michael Mark, Wills Disputes Estate Litigation  lawyer in Victoria

Contact MICHAEL R. MARK, BA, LL.B. at McConnan Bion O'Connor & Peterson Law Corp. for more information on the above services.








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Definition of "E S T A T E"

1.  What is included in my estate?

Generally, assets that are in your name would be included in your estate.  Exceptions are assets that you hold jointly with another - those assets will go to the surviving owner, and assets for which you are able to designate a beneficiary - such as RRSPs and insurance policies.  The dollar value of the assets actually in your name that are not held jointly or designated to a beneficiary form the assets that comprise your estate, and it is the dollar value of those assets that are used to calculate probate fees.


Definition of "P R O B A T E"

Probate......What is meant by the term "probate"?

Probate is the court order that is issued by the Supreme Court of British Columbia allowing your executor to "execute" the provisions of your will.

Probate is the legal sanction to your executor to carry out the terms of your will and distribute your estate in the manner described in your will.Your executor requires a Grant of Probate before he can obtain control of a number of the assets in your estate including investments held in financial institutions, real estate and the like.

Once the Grant is obtained, an executor can then proceed to liquidate the estate in preparation for distributing it as set forth by your will. If there are persons that have an entitlement under the Wills Variation Act to make application to vary your will, the executor must wait 6 months from date of probate prior to distributing your estate or alternatively, obtain the consent of all those persons who are entitled to apply and/or named in the will to an earlier distribution.

An executor must also obtain a Clearance Certificate from Revenue Canada before wholly distributing your estate.

3.How much are probate fees in the province of British Columbia?

Probate fees are calculated on the value of your estate, at date of death, in accordance with the following formula:
GO TO ww.mcbop.com/publications/wepp4.html for balance of information mentioned above and copied here with the permission of the law firm's Trust and Estates Section, of McConnan Bion O'Connor Peterson Law Corporation in downtown Victoria, BC.



Victoria Bar Association
"... The Victoria Bar Association (the "VBA") is the local bar association in Victoria, British Columbia.
The Association acts as a liaison between the lawyers of Victoria and other institutions such as the Courts, government, and the University of Victoria Faculty of Law. It also works closely with the Law Society of British Columbia, the Canadian Bar Association and other legal organizations.
The VBA provides scholarships for students and contributes to law related charities.
The VBA also organizes 4 dinner social events and a number of sporting events each year that are generally well-attended by its members and guests.
[quote 2009.01.11 vicbar.com]

Canadian Bar Association, Civil Litigation - Vancouver Island Section
"... What We Do
Deals with law, which regulates the jurisdiction of the courts in civil matters and the procedures for the conduct of civil cases and the enforcement of judicial decisions of a civil nature.
Join this Section and play a role in shaping legislation and government policy..." [quote 2009.01.11 www.cba.org/BC/s_civil_visl

 ·  Michael Mark, Victoria wills / estates disputes lawyer

MICHAEL R. MARK, BA, LL.B.

Preferred areas of practice in civil litigation include:  estate litigation (e.g. wills variation), personal injury, and commercial disputes.

If you have been treated unfairly by a deceased parent or spouse under the terms of his or her will, consider obtaining the advice and assistance of an experienced estate litigation lawyer.  Wills can be varied by the court to ensure adequate, just and equitable provision for a spouse or child of the deceased.


Challenging Provisions of a Will & Estate Litigation

A child or spouse of a person who dies leaving a will can challenge the provisions of will and seek a variation pursuant to the Wills Variation Act.

The court will consider whether, in all of the circumstances, the deceased person (testator) made adequate provision for the claimant under the terms of the will.  The considerations are wide and varied, but they include the nature of the relationship between the testator and the claimant, the size of the estate, and the relative needs of the other beneficiaries to the will.

Claims must be made within 6 months from issuance of probate of the will. 

Probate is the process in which the executor of the will probates or proves the will to the court.  If a child or a spouse is not satisfied that the will makes adequate provision for him or her, legal advice ought to be obtained promptly so that legal action, if warranted, may be commenced in a timely way.


Michael Mark has extensive experience in both civil litigation and in criminal litigation as a Federal prosecutor in drug, and complex tax evasion prosecutions. 

Michael has practiced in Victoria since his admission to the Bar in 1991 and he became a principal at McConnan, Bion, O'Connor & Peterson Law Corporation in January 2000.  He is also a past executive member of the Victoria Bar Association.

Michael Mark, LLB - Estate Litigation / Wills Lawyer
McConnan Bion O'Connor Peterson Law Corp.
Suite #420 - 880 Douglas Street,
Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 2B7
Phone  250-385-1383   
Toll free  1-888-385-1383
E-mail:  mmark@mcbop.com   Web Site:  McBOP.com



see also Representation Agreements vs Powers of Attorney



Michael O'Connor, experienced in the area of wills law

MICHAEL JAMES O'CONNOR
B.A. (UVIC - 1971), LL.B. (UBC - 1974), Admitted to the BC Bar 1975

Michael has been a senior partner at McConnan, Bion, O'Connor & Peterson since 1976. Michael's preferred areas of practise include wills, estates and conveyancing, as well as all forms of civil litigation, including personal injury claims, expropriation, property tax assessment appeals and contract disputes.

Michael chaired the highly successful Capital Campaign of the Greater Victoria Hospital Foundation s/a Foundation, "Together We Care", raising 17 million dollars for the hospitals on Southern Vancouver Island.  He is a member of the CH Channel 6 Community Advisory Board [s/a en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CHEK-TV] and a Trustee of the British Columbia Government House Foundation (www.ltgov.bc.ca).  He has held several executive positions with several sports bodies at the local, Provincial and National levels.  He is the Vice Past Chairman of the 1994 Commonwealth Games www.commonwealthgames.ca held at Victoria, BC.

Michael J. O'Connor
McConnan Bion O'Connor & Peterson Law Corporation
Suite # 420 - 880 Douglas Street,
Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 2B7
Phone:  250-385-1383    Toll free:  1-888-385-1383
Email:  moconnor@mcbop.com
Web Site:  McBOP.com/corp/partners/oconnor.html


Kenneth Gustafson, Victoria wills and estates services from this business lawyer

KENNETH PAUL GUSTAFSON
LL.B. (UVIC - 1982) Admitted to the BC Bar 1983

He has a general solicitor practis advising individual and corporate clients on a full range of business matters, including construction law, collections, builders liens, wills, estates, real estate purchases and sales, and mortgages for both institutional and private lenders.

Ken was born in Victoria and after practising briefly in Prince George, joined McConnan Bion O'Connor & Peterson in 1983 and has been a principal of the firm since 1985.

Kenneth P. Gustafson
McConnan Bion O'Connor & Peterson Law Corp.
Suite # 420 - 880 Douglas Street,
Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 2B7
Phone: 250-385-1383
Toll free: 1-888-385-1383 Email: kgustafson@mcbop.com
Web Site: www.mcbop.com




Christian Hoy, Victoria wills & probate, business & real estate  lawyer

CHRISTIAN HÖY
BSc. LLB.

Christian is a solicitor with McConnan Bion O’Connor and Peterson Law Corporation located in downtown Victoria.  He has a general solicitor practice advising and assisting clients with the following:

  • Estate planning, including the preparation of Wills, Power of Attorneys and Representation Agreements;
  • The Administration of estates - Probate, acting both as the executor and for the executor;
  • Assisting executors who are not local with the settling of Estates in and around Victoria, BC.  This can involve numerous steps including, but not limited to, preparing documents for the filing of Probate or the Grants of Letters of Administration, having a property prepared for sale, meeting with Realtors to list the property, meeting with accountants to prepare the taxes, advising the client on holdbacks and distributing assets to beneficiaries. Throughout the process Christian maintains constant contact with the client to provide advice and seek instructions;
  • The purchasing, financing and selling of both residential and commercial real estate; and
  • Corporate commercial matters including incorporation, reorganizations and share and asset sales and purchases.

Christian currently sits on the Board, as Treasurer, of the Wills, Estates and Trusts Section of the Canadian Bar Association and is also a member of the Commercial and Real Estate Section.

Please feel free to contact Christian at your convenience for a free consultation to discuss any solicitor related questions you may have.

Christian Höy, Barrister & Solicitor
McConnan Bion O'Connor & Peterson Law Corp.
Suite # 420 - 880 Douglas Street,
Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 2B7
Phone:  250-385-1383
Toll free:  1-888-385-1383
E-mail: choy@mcbop.com
Web Site: www.mcbop.com/our-lawyers/christian-hoy





Stephanie Sieber, Victoria wills & probate lawyer

STEPHANIE A. SIEBER
Hons. B.A. (Royal Military College - 1991)
LL.B. (Queen’s - 2000)
Clerkship at Supreme Court of British Columbia 2000-2001
Admitted to the BC Bar 2001

Stephanie has been with McConnan Bion O’Connor & Peterson since completion of her articles and became a principal of the firm in January 2006.

Stephanie’s practice is focused on Wills and estastes, real estate, advising small businesses on Vancouver Island and employment law.  Stephanie has litigation experience in commercial, employment, foreclosure and estate matters and strives to achieve the best results for her clients to reflect their unique circumstances.

Prior to her legal career, Stephanie attended the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston and served in the Canadian Forces for approximately nine years.  During that time she traveled extensively and served as a peacekeeper with the United Nations in Rwanda.

Stephanie is currently an active member of the Wills & Trusts, Commercial and Real Estate and Employment Law Sections of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch. As part of her commitment to the practice of law, Stephanie is frequently asked to give presentations to various business groups on Vancouver Island.

STEPHANIE A. SIEBER
McConnan Bion O'Connor & Peterson Law Corporation
Suite # 420 - 880 Douglas Street,
Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 2B7
Phone:  250-385-1383    Toll free:  1-888-385-1383
Email Bruce McConnan:  ssieber@mcbop.com
Web Site:  http://www.mcbop.com/our-lawyers/stephanie-sieber





Alan Peterson, Victoria Lawyer has extensive wills and estates practice

ALAN JEREMY PETERSON
Business-Commercial Law Lawyer
B.A. (UVIC - 1970), LL.B. (UBC - 1974), Admitted to the BC Bar 1975
RETIRED IN 2013

Alan was Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Victoria Airport Authority (www.victoriaairport.com and a member of the Oak Bay Police Board and a former Governor of the Victoria Conservatory of Music (www.vcm.bc.ca.  Alan was a councillor at the Municipality of Saanich www.gov.saanich.bc.cafor six years and a former Chair of the [Victoria BC] Capital Regional District www.crd.bc.ca.

nb.  The Capital Regional District, CRD, includes the Municipalities of: Central Saanich / Colwood / Esquimalt / Highlands / Langford / Metchosin / North Saanich / Oak Bay / Saanich / Sidney / Sooke / Victoria / View Royal (on southern Vancouver Island) and they in turn ar part of the Electoral Areas of: Juan de Fuca, Southern Gulf Islands, and Salt Spring Island. (see [www.crd.bc.ca/govlink.htm for more information]

RETIRED IN 2013



For Metro Vancouver Probate / Estate Management Lawyers Consider

Dellis Rand, probate lawyer serves Metro Vancouver BC, from her lower mainland of BC offices

Dellis Rand, BA MLS LLB
32 years experience in BC Probate Law

Go to BC Probate Lawyers Metro Vancouver




Victoria Probate & Estate Management Lawyers - see also

Paul Scambler, QC, preferred area of practice includes wills and estates and trust administration

Paul Scambler, LLB QC

CLAY and COMPANY
Lawyers & Mediators
837 Burdett Avenue
Victoria, British Columbia 
V8W 1B3 Canada
Email:  pscambler@clay.bc.ca
Phone:  (250) 386-2261
Toll-free:  1-877-688-9634
Website:  Clay.bc.ca Paul Scambler Web Profile: Lawyers-BC.com


Probate Reference Information


The BC Probate Registry

"Each Supreme Court Registry in BC has a Probate Division to receive, verify and process applications for probate and applications for administration.

An applicant for probate applies to the court to prove a will by confirming it as valid under the laws of British Columbia. Applications for administration are usually necessary when a person has died without leaving a valid will (intestate).

The Probate Registries do not provide forms, give legal advice or assist in preparing wills, applications or affidavits."

[nb sentence emphasis added by Lawyers-World.org. Above quoted from BC Ministry of Justice website About Wills and Estates - Court Services - Ministry of Justice 2012.03.06



Who Practices What Areas of Law, Where, For Whom, Why, and for How Much?
What is the world of lawyers and the world of law about? 
This is a layperson's sampler site - a starting point!

This resource area is a collaboration of many people including lawyers, retired judges, notaries, health and social service professionals currently in practice who received their legal/professional training in different countries including: China, Canada, the United Kingdom, the U.S.A.


Credits, Copyright, Dedication & Inspiration

The area of wills, estates and trusts administration on LawyersWorld.org is in part inspired by multiple people and sources including with historic impact on some of this web site's developers:

  • Myrna Cresswell, former senior manager of the then called Office of the Public Trustee of BC, now known as the Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia [s/a www.trustee.bc.ca based in downtown Vancouver BC. 
  • Mr. Clinton Foote, the Public Trustee and Mrs. Creswell initiated and supported from 1985-1990 a landmark project in the area of "quality of life assurance / enhancement" for many of the Trustee's mentally challenged/impaired clients in a large number of residential care programs in BC, including Mental Health Boarding Homes, Valley View Psycho-Geriatric Hospital (located in the Riverview Hospital / Mental Health Complex, adjacent to the Crease Clinic Facilities) in the Port Coquitlam area.
  • The Project Professional Team for the Quality of Life Assurance/Enhancement Project included Psychiatrist, Martha Donnelly at Vancouver General Hospital ; Neuro-Psychologist, Ursula Wild, PHD RPSYCH [in 2008 is listed as a Clinical Associate, with Department of Psychology, Graduate Studies, Simon Fraser University [s/a www.psyc.sfu.ca/grad/index.php?topic=clin_faculty] ; Music Therapist and Social Worker, Yoying Orosa, BSW MT RST see her website as well as Neal Chan, BA MSW (director)
    It is through working with the Public Trustee's staff that Mr. Chan became involved with Vancouver and Victoria lawyers and health professionals on Wills Variation and Breach of Trust legal actions as well as Private Trustee Management Services e.g. potential conflict of interests of trustee(s) of an trust funds.
  • see also
    • Martha Donnelly, MD, CCFP, FRCPC, Psychiatrist
      Director, Division of Community Geriatrics, Department of Family Practice,
      UBC Director, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, UBC Geriatric Psychiatrist, Geriatric Psychiatry Outreach Team, Vancouver Hospital
      Division of Community Geriatrics
      Department of Family Practice,
      GPOT-HCE4
      715 West 12th Ave.
      Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 1M9
      Web site:  Centre for Research on Personhood in Dementia
  • Special note should be made of the Pastoral Care Consultant to the above Quality of Life Enhancement Team, The Reverand Gilbert Smith, at that point recently retired from Trinity Presybterian Church www.trinitypcvictoria.org in Victoria, however still carrying on Pastoral Care Work throughout the Juan de Fuca Hospital System, in Victoria. Reverend Smith who died in 2008 is well known for his support of the local Cricket Community, the local prize winning flower grower's competitions and of course throughout the local Presybterian / Christian community.
    The Jaun de Fuca Hospitals were a network of long term care seniors facilities, providing "intermediate-care" and "extended-care" for physically infirm and psycho-geriatric (various dementias / alzheimer diagnosed) seniors throughout the Greater Victoria area, including: Richmond Hospital, The Priory, Tolmie Hospital.
  • [s/a Wills Variation Act [RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 490 this online reference is service of Queens Printers and
    copies of the Act and Regulations are available from www.crownpub.bc.ca
    Crown Publications Inc.
    distributors of BC Government Publications and Reports
    106 Ontario Street
    (note: the store is downtown near to the Bastion Square area Victoria, BC V8V1M9
    Phone:  250-386-4636
    email:  crown@crownpub.bc.ca
    Hours of Store:
    Monday to Friday
    8:30am to 5:00pm
    Saturday
    9:30am to 5:00pm
  • Photos and graphics in this legal services section are provided by cartographer / map-maker Angus Weller e.g. Maps of Cities, Regions and Countries sponsored by Weller Cartographic Services Ltd., www.MapMatrix.com   and a number of lawyers involved with this site including Mr. Dil Gosal GosalLaw.com and Ms. Dellis Rand

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Website: BCprobate.com


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Florence Wong, experienced wills / probate lawyer in Vancouver on Broadway Ave. , is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin

Florence T. Wong, BA LLB
Assists clients in fluent Chinese Cantonese, Mandarin or English with
* Wealth Management Planning
* Probate / Estate Administration
* Trusts    * Wills   * Probate
1333 W. Broadway, Vancouver, BC


Mark Perry, former counsel with Public Guardian of BC office  assisting major  changes in legislation around  adult guardianship roles, is now in private practice as a wills and estates disputes lawyer in Metro Vancouver

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Mark Perry, LLB 
#420 - 1367 West Broadway Vancouver, BC, V6H 4A7
Web: PerryLawBC.com


Frank Baily, experienced wills and estates lawyer, particularly in area of wills disputes and litigation, is based in Metrotown mall office Tower

Wills Estate Planning / Disputes
Frank Baily, BSc LLB
Metropolis at Metrotown 900 - 4720 Kingsway, Metrotower II Burnaby, B.C.

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William Morris, B.Sc. Ph.D. J.D. , Attorney in Arizona & California
Morris Law Firm,Pllc 13951 West Grand Avenue #203 Surprise, AZ USA  85374
Languages: English, French, Spanish www.mrlaw.us

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Dellis Rand, BA MLS LLB
Website: BCprobate.com






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William Morris, B.Sc. Ph.D. J.D. , Attorney in Arizona & California
Morris Law Firm,Pllc 13951 West Grand Avenue #203 Surprise, AZ USA  85374
Languages: English, French, Spanish www.mrlaw.us





















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Metro Vancouver Probate & Estate Administration
Dellis Rand, BA MLS LLB
Website: BCprobate.com






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USA - Arizona & California:  Wills, Probate, Trusts, Guardianship
William Morris, B.Sc. Ph.D. J.D. , Attorney in Arizona & California
Morris Law Firm,Pllc 13951 West Grand Avenue #203 Surprise, AZ USA  85374
Languages: English, French, Spanish www.mrlaw.us