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The Wills, Estates and Succession Act was passed by the B.C. legislature on Sept. 24, 2009 and comes into force on March 31, 2014. The new act provides greater certainty for individuals who put their last wishes into writing and simplifies the process for those responsible for distributing an estate.
Among its benefits, the new act:
New probate rules also come into effect with the act. Government worked closely with the Supreme Court and the B.C. Law Institute to ensure British Columbia has a set of rules that work for both the public and the courts. These rules will ensure consistency for probate applicants and streamline court processes to provide more timely service for British Columbians.
The Order in Council that brings sections of the Wills, Estates and Succession Act and regulations into force on March 31, 2014 is here.