Common Questions

I want to contest or dispute a will. What can I do?
If a spouse or child is unhappy about their share of a will, they can "contest" (challenge) or "dispute" the will in court. This is also known as wills variation.

Good starting points include:
  • The Disappointed Beneficiary, published by the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, explains your rights and remedies in case a will appears to be unfair.
  • LSLAP Manual: Wills and Estates, from the UBC Law Students' Legal Advice Program, includes a chapter on Will Variation Claims.
  • Executor Guide for British Columbia, by Heritage Law, under the "legal overview" chapter, contains information on Wills Variation Proceedings, including who can ask for a variation and the time you have to start a claim.

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Last reviewed January 2017

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wills, estates, beneficiary, disappointed beneficiary, unfair will, testamentary capacity, testator's mental capacity, challenging a will, wills variation, WESA, contesting a will, disputing a will