Estate Planning Is A Vital Responsibility
A clear plan today means peace of mind tomorrow. Your income, assets, family, and dreams are as unique as a fingerprint. Why would you use the same template for estate planning as anybody else? At Stevenson Luchies & Legh, we never try to squeeze you into a solution that works better for us. Our team of dedicated will and estate lawyers will take the time to learn everything they can about your personal situation first.
Our lawyers can assist you with:
- Drafting a personal will
- Establishing trusts for charities and non-profit organizations
- Planning for adult guardianship
- Engaging in estate litigation through the courts or finding alternative resolutions
- Trustee disputes
- Structuring and implementing trusts
- Administering to the estate of a deceased loved one
- Other services involved in estate administration, litigation and planning
When making the key decisions that protect your family and loved ones, the will and estate lawyers at Stevenson Luchies & Legh will be a great help in forming your estate plan.
Related Legal Services
When you are completing your will and estate planning, there are other legal services you may need to take into account. By staying proactive with any potential needs now, we can safeguard your future.
Security for your children and loved ones is of the utmost importance. Our team will ensure that your final wishes are executed to exact details in order to keep your estate and assets with the people that you love.
Those with business or partnership concerns should make sure that such matters are looked after in the event of an unforeseeable emergency. Our team will ensure that final wishes are executed to the letter in order to keep your businesses or partnerships secure in the hands of the people you trust.
Frequently Asked Will and Estate Litigation Questions
- Why should I prepare a will? A will is a legally binding document that identifies who should inherit your assets and estate after the event of your death. It ensures that your valuables are left with the ones you love the most.
- What could happen if I do not make a will? A chaotic situation could be left behind for your family, friends or business partners to take care of if there is no clear or valid will to explain your wishes. Your assets may not end up where you would like them. Creating a will offers peace of mind knowing that your loved ones will be taken care of, and that your intentions will be respected.
- Do I need a lawyer to create a valid will? No. While it is not necessary to have a lawyer when preparing a will, it can make the task easier and ensure that your final requests are followed through on. Complex issues can occur in these circumstances, especially when dividing a large estate or setting up a non-standard trust. With the assistance of a lawyer, estate planning can be much less complicated.
Probate and Estate Litigation
Whether you are appointed as executor under a Will and need assistance with the Probate and handling of the estate, or are a beneficiary needing advice about your share of an estate, we are able to provide you with advice and options concerning estate matters.
At Stevenson Luchies & Legh we do the following:
- For executors under a will, we obtain probate and help them through to wind-up of the estate
- For persons who die without a will, we obtain letters of administration, and help them through to wind-up of the estate
- For beneficiaries who did not receive what they expected, we provide advice and services related to the variation of wills by spouses and children
- We assist with interpreting the clauses of Wills
Mr. Legh’s primary legal experience is in litigation. He has practiced in the area of personal injury for over 25 years, having acted for clients around the world. Settlements and judgments have been based on the nature of the losses suffered, and have been as high as $6.3 Million.
Mr. Luchies obtained a Bachelor of Commerce with Honors from the University of Alberta in 1987. He continued his education at the University of Toronto, and was awarded a Bachelor of Laws in 1990. He was the recipient of the Willis Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Law School and also sat on the Governor’s Council and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Dean Search Committee. Mr. Luchies was the President of the Student Law Society in his year of graduation. Mr. Luchies was called to the Bar of British Columbia on August 1991.
Ms. Rivers attended law school at the University of Victoria, and graduated with an LL.B. in 1995. She was called to the bar of British Columbia in February 1996, after articling with the law firm of Anniko Hunter. She practiced with Anniko Hunter until 2001. Joining Stevenson Luchies & Legh in 2003, Ms. Rivers practices primarily in litigation preparation, estate planning, estates and conveyancing.
Albert Berns joined Stevenson Luchies & Legh in 2011 and heads our Westshore Office. Mr. Berns has considerable skill as a trial lawyer, with experience at all levels of British Columbia Courts and Administrative Tribunals. Mr. Berns extensive experience litigating injury, construction, real estate, and debt issues allow him to give effective advice on a wide range of issues.
Jo-Anne began her law career in 2007 and practices in the area of Family Law, Wills and Estates. She is one of a select few lawyers in British Columbia acting as Amicus Curiae to the court in Interjurisdictional Support Orders proceedings and Divorce provisional orders.
Naseeb completed both her undergraduate degree and law degree at the University of British Columbia and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2008. She has a broad range of legal experience including immigration, real estate, corporate, family law and wills & estates. Naseeb practices primarily in immigration, real estate and wills & estates in the Vancouver office.
Before entering law, Mr. Lyons worked in software development. Stephen was a senior programmer, analyst, and software architect for leading video game and Internet-based gaming companies, including Relic Entertainment, Alea Software, Radical Entertainment, and Criterion Studios. As a result of his industry experience, Mr. Lyons is well-versed in the distinct needs of the technology sector.
Braden began his legal career as an articled student with Stevenson Luchies & Legh in 2016 and continued with the firm as a lawyer after being called to the bar in May 2017. He has experience in a variety of areas of law and is currently working on establishing a general practice with particular focus on family law and wills and estates. Braden is also able to assist clients in, personal injury, civil litigation (including small claims), and in some real estate related matters.