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Reviewing and Updating Your Will

When should you review and update your Will? Having a Will is one of the most important things you can do to protect you and your family. Once your Will is drafted, signed and put in a safe place, don’t be tempted to consider it complete. Despite a Will having no expiration date, it should… read more

The Role of the Public Guardian and Trustee

What is the role of the Public Guardian and Trustee and when does it get involved in estate administration? The Public Guardian and Trustee (“PGT”), is a corporation established under the Public Guardian and Trustee Act and its role is to protect the interests of British Columbians who do not have the legal capacity to protect their… read more

What is the Role of An Executor and How Do I Choose One?

What is the role of an executor and what should I consider when choosing? When a person dies, what they own forms their estate.  If a person dies with a will, the named executor’s role is to carry out the instructions in the will.  Generally, the executor ensures all debts are paid including funeral costs,… read more

Representation Agreement

What is a Representation Agreement and how is it different from a Power of Attorney? While everyone is familiar with the concept and importance of a Last Will and Testament, it is essential to know that, since a will only comes into play after your passing, there are other crucial planning documents that are for… read more

How Does a Will Protect Me and My Family?

Having a Will is arguably one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family because wills name an executor (a person or institution appointed by you to carry out the terms of your Will), distribute your property according to your wishes, name guardians for your children, forgive debts and more.… read more

April 16th, 2020 is National Advance Care Planning Day!

COVID-19 is a serious health threat and the situation is evolving daily, if not hourly. Given the increasing number of cases in Canada, the Canadian Government now considers the risk to Canadians as high. This does not mean that all Canadians will get the disease. It means that there is already a significant impact on our… read more

COVID-19: Mortgage Payments and Unlocking the Equity in Your Home

The global crisis stemming from the COVID-19 continues to have a profound and unprecedented impact on humanity. Some of the necessary steps to stem the virus (flatten the curve), such as staying at home, may also impact your personal finances. If you’re a homeowner and are being impacted by COVID-19, here’s a few items you… read more

A Message To Our Clients

Dear Magellan Real Estate Lawyers’ Clients and Partners, The health and wellbeing of all the clients, employees and friends of Magellan Real Estate Lawyers has been and always will be our top priority.  With the COVID-19 (Corona Virus) pandemic front and center in all our minds, we want to take this opportunity to inform you… read more

Survey Certificate

What is a Survey Certificate? One thing that you may have no choice but to obtain before purchasing your new home is a property survey. Although your lender may not require a survey certificate, there are other important reasons—financial and otherwise—to obtain one. Read on to learn more about survey certificates and why it is… read more

Why Use A Lawyer For Real Estate?

What Does a Real Estate Lawyer Do? As well as being one of life’s huge milestones, buying real estate is one of the largest single purchases you will ever make. It is not only important in the short term—as a place to live and make your home, but also in the long term as an… read more