You may have heard about a Representation Agreement before, which is a key legal document that a person in British Columbia needs to plan for their own personal health care.

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If you were a client at DBM, you would hear us talk about wills and estate planning a lot. That’s because, if you have any assets, children or a life partner, there is simply no more important document you can make than your will. Your will makes sure that your precise wishes are carried out after your death: where your money, property, insurance, and other assets go; who will take care of your kids should there not be a surviving parent; and who will make sure your wishes are honoured.

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More than in most other regions in Canada, renting is a way of life in the Lower Mainland. Knowing your renters’ rights under tenancy law is important in making sure your living situation is a fair one, especially in Greater Vancouver’s eternally hot rental market.

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Although a will is intended to outline a person’s last wishes in full, settling an estate can nevertheless be a complicated process.

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Many residents in Metro Vancouver, including in the Tri-Cities, are renters. And many of the people they rent from are private homeowners.

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The most secure way to prepare your last will and testament is with a wills and estates lawyer. While it is possible to write your own, a do-it-yourself will is no comparison for one drafted under guidance of a legal professional. A lawyer will take into account factors about estate planning you are most likely in danger of missing, which means that your last wishes will be met as you intended.

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While there are several different scenarios that can lead to a person being disinherited by a parent, the end result is always the same: hurt and confusion. No one expects to find themselves in a disinheritance situation, and it often comes as an added shock during an already difficult time.

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