British Columbia Probate & Estate Administration Practice Manual

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Manage your probate and estate matters with confidence

This publication is essential for: practitioners who do estate administration or estate litigation work.

If you work in estate administration, you know there is a high potential for error. Reduce the risk with British Columbia Probate & Estate Practice Manual, which takes you step-by step through handling probate and estate matters in BC. This longstanding manual is the answer to all your probate and estate administration questions, from initial contact with a personal representative to post-grant issues. This manual also covers difficult tax and conflict of laws issues, as well as potential areas for estate litigation.

With this resource, you will be able to:

  • confidently advise personal representatives on how to successfully administer an estate
  • prepare for and make probate and estate administration applications
  • better avoid and handle contentious areas during the estate administration process

Highlights of the 2020 Update include:

  • all chapters, forms and precedents, checklists, and other features of the manual have been brought current to March 1, 2020
  • extensive coverage of recent amendments to the Supreme Court Civil Rules and the Wills, Estates and Succession Act (including new probate forms!)
  • coverage of other new developments, including:
    • the Land Owner Transparency Act and the beneficial ownership registry,
    • amendments to the Law Society of BC’s client identification and verification rules, and
    • LTSA web filing
  • several new or expanded topics including, but not limited to, gifting the right of survivorship, applying for a grant of probate or administration with will annexed where there are multiple applicants, estate matters that may arise in relation to the Land Owner Transparency Act, valuation of resulting trusts, and using ss. 158 and 159 of the Wills, Estates and Succession Act to remove and replace an executor

Editorial Board 

Sandra L. Enticknap, QC — Miller Thomson LLP, Vancouver
Mary B. Hamilton, QC — Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang LLP, Vancouver
Michelle L. Isaak — DLA Piper LLP
Genevieve N. Taylor — Legacy Tax & Trust Lawyers, Vancouver
Geoffrey W. White — Geoffrey W. White Law Corporation, Kelowna – Counsel, Clark Wilson LLP, Vancouver


Shelley A. Bentley — Shelley Bentley Law Corporation, Vancouver
Jeffrey Bichard — Legacy Tax & Trust Lawyers, Vancouver
Lauren Blake — Legacy Tax & Trust Lawyers, Vancouver
Dwight D. Dee — Miller Thomson LLP, Vancouver
Elizabeth R. Edinger — Peter A. Allard School of Law, UBC, Vancouver
Andrea E. Frisby — Legacy Tax & Trust Lawyers, Vancouver
Peter J. Glowacki — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver
Suzanne H. Grant — Swift Datoo Law Corporation, Courtenay
Kay Gray — Grant Thornton LLP, Vancouver
M. Scott Kerwin — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver
Anna Laing — Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP, Vancouver
Roger D. Lee — DLA Piper (Canada) LLP, Vancouver
Helen H. Low, QC — Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver
Sharon A. MacMillan — Miller Thomson LLP, Vancouver
John R. Manning — John R. Manning Law Corporation, Nanaimo
Rose Shawlee — Richards Buell Sutton LLP, Vancouver
Genevieve N. Taylor — Legacy Tax & Trust Lawyers, Vancouver
Ingrid M. Tsui — Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang LLP, Vancouver
Ken Vimalesan — Legacy Tax & Trust Lawyers, Vancouver
Richard T. Weiland — Clark Wilson LLP, Vancouver
Mark S. Weintraub, QC with contributions from Amy A. Mortimore, Richard T. Weiland, Rong (Lauren) Liang, Emily Clough, Gordon Behan, Aaron Pearl, Catherine Repel, Michael Scott and Polley Storey — Clark Wilson LLP, Vancouver
Geoffrey W. White — Geoffrey W. White Law Corporation, Kelowna – Counsel, Clark Wilson LLP


Volume 1

1. Initial Advice for the Personal Representative

2. Devolution of Assets on Death

3. Pre-Application Matters in Estate Grants

4. Proceedings Relating to Estate Grants

5. Applications for Probate and Administration with Will Annexed

6. Applications for Administration without Will Annexed

7. Probate Fees

8. Bringing a Foreign Grant into British Columbia

9. Applications in the Course of Administration

10. Transmission and Transfer of Assets in Estate Administration

11. Liabilities in Estate Administration

12. Resulting Trusts, Unjust Enrichment, and Constructive Trusts

13. Taxation of the Deceased

14. Taxation of Estates and Testamentary Trusts

15. Special Tax Issues in Estate Administration

16. Accounts in Estate Administration

17. Remuneration of Personal Representatives and Trustees

18. Remuneration of Lawyers in Estate Administration

19. Proof in Solemn Form

20. Wills Variation Claims

21. Estates Under the Indian Act

22. Conflict of Laws in Estate Administration

Volume 2

Forms and Precedents


Case Table
Statutes and Related Material Table

“I am an estate and trust litigator. When faced with a new or less than common issue, particularly in administration or planning, my starting point is always CLEBC’s wills, estates, and trusts publications (especially the online versions).

British Columbia Estate Planning & Wealth Preservation along with British Columbia Probate & Estate Administration Practice Manual provide me with current and practical answers, Annotated Estates Practice is an easy way to stay up to date on new cases, and Wills and Personal Planning Precedents embody best practice standards for drafting.

I can’t say enough about how valuable the wills, estates, and trusts resources available through CLEBC truly are.”

Amy Mortimore, Partner, Clark Wilson LLP