Entries by Heath Law, Nanaimo Lawyers

Family Law – Beneficiary Designations

In the recent case of Moore v. Sweet, 2018 SCC 52 [“Moore”], the Supreme Court of Canada considered whether a new common law spouse became unjustly enriched as a result of her beneficiary designation under her husband’s life insurance plan. In Moore, the deceased’s ex-wife was designated as revocable beneficiary of her ex-husband’s life insurance […]

Suing your Contractor

Hiring a contractor to perform work around your house or property can be a long and complicated process. It is worse when the work is not done properly, resulting in delays or requiring repairs to the work completed by the contractor. If a contractor refuses to remedy the defects, a lawsuit might be the best […]

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Family Law: Challenging Property Division in a Cohabitation, Marriage or Separation Agreementin British Columbia?

Is the Agreement Procedurally Unfair? Before a Court will set aside an agreement, it will first consider the circumstances surrounding the agreement and whether the parties entered into the agreement in a fair manner. The Court will consider several factors, such as whether: one party unfairly pressured the other into signing the agreement; one party […]

Mirror and Mutual Wills

Estate planning is a complicated process, and it takes a lot of work to ensure that everyone you care about is provided for. Two mechanisms that can be used are Mirror Wills and Mutual Wills. Mirror Wills create identical provisions in multiple wills and are usually used by spouses. For example, each will could leave […]