Housekeeping Amendments to the New Probate Rules and Forms – March 25, 2014

 

The new probate rules and forms under the Wills, Estates and Succession Act (the “WESA”) are amended by OIC 132, 2014, approved on March 27, 2014 (after the earlier OIC 126 was deemed a nullity, due to a technical issue). Most amendments come into effect on March 30; the others are effective on March 31—the date on which the WESA and the new rules and forms take effect. The amendments appear here; they are generally housekeeping amendments.


WESA Publications

CLEBC will update the probate forms (including the Word versions) to reflect these amendments on the online versions of both the WESA Transition Guide and the British Columbia Probate and Estate Administration Practice Manual. We hope to have the amended online forms available within the next week to 10 days. The online versions of these publications are included in the price of your subscription. If you have not already arranged your user name and password, call our customer service department at 604.893.2121, or toll-free at 1.800.663.0437.


We will also work to incorporate these amendments, and additional pending amendments to the WESA (described immediately below), into the WESA Transition Guide and the British Columbia Probate and Estate Administration Practice Manual, after the WESA amendments come into force. We expect only small updates of these publications will be needed to keep practitioners up to date.


Justice Statutes Amendment Act, 2014—WESA Amendments Now in Force

The Justice Statutes Amendment Act, 2014. S.B.C. 2014, c. 9, was introduced in the Legislature on March 4, 2014. The Act contains amendments for several provincial statutes, including the Wills, Estates and Succession Act (the “WESA”). Sections 50 to 70 of the Act, amending the WESA, came into force on April 9, 2014 (the date of Royal Assent), pursuant to s. 74 of the Act. Most other provisions of the amending Act will come into force by regulation.

You can read about the highlights of the amendments and see the electronic version of the Justice Statutes Amendment Act, 2014.