Spousal and Children’s Wills Variation Claims

Wills Variation
Spouses and

Only spouses, biological children and adopted children can retain a wills variation lawyer to bring a claim under British Columbia estate law. A spouse is defined in section 2 of WESA as including married couples and those who had lived with each other in a marriage like relationship for at least 2 years. However, two persons cease being spouses as married couples if an event occurs that causes an interest in family property under the Family Law Act to arise, and for marriage -like relationships, either person terminates the relationship.

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There are no gender-based restrictions for bisexual, gay, lesbian, questioning or transgender couples so long as the relationship is marriage-like. John Richter and Richter Trial Lawyers have addressed marriage-like relationships in trial and on appeal in Jones v. Davidson, 2020 BCSC 1371 and Jones v. Davidson, 2022 BCCA 31. If Richter Trial Lawyers can help you with a wills variation claim based on a gender concern, we invite you to telephone our office for a free consultation.


John Richter has helped husbands, wives, sons and daughters with their wills variation claims in estates worth several hundred thousand dollars to several million dollars. If you have been disinherited or left an unfairly small portion, call us for a free consultation or fill out our contact form.

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