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Legal Information for Indigenous People

S.H.E.D. Society of Bella Coola

This booklet provides basic & accessible legal information for Indigenous people facing legal issues, incl. the justice systems, children & families, rights & protections, death & taxes, income security, and class actions. It explains how the laws can vary for people based on their Indigeneity.

Last reviewed July 2024
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Estate Administration On-Reserve: Templates Package

Government of Canada

Contains generic templates to help with the routine tasks of administering a simple estate under the Indian Act. It’s intended to be used with the booklet “Estate Administration On-Reserve: A Guide for Executors and Administrators in British Columbia.”

Last reviewed May 2024
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Estate Administration On-Reserve: A Guide for Executors and Administrators in British Columbia

Government of Canada

Guide for people appointed by Indigenous Services Canada as the executor or administrator of the estate of a family member or friend who has passed away.

Last reviewed May 2024
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Estate and Personal Trust Services Frequently Asked Questions

Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia

This fact sheet answers common questions about what is involved in administering an estate or a personal trust. It covers such topics as finding the heirs of an estate, what happens when there is no will, dealing with the deceased’s possessions, and the role of the Public Guardian and Trustee.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Dying Without a Will

People’s Law School

Practical information for when someone dies without a will. Topics include who inherits the deceased’s property, steps to settling the estate, applying for a grant of administration, and more.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Dying Without a Will

Nidus Registry

Nidus encourages everyone to make a will. However, there are some situations where an individual may be considered not mentally capable to make a will. This fact sheet explains who has legal authority to settle an estate and gives examples of how an estate must be distributed if there is no will.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Dealing with an Estate

People’s Law School

Practical, step-by-step information about what you need to know when dealing with an estate. Learn what is involved if you are asked to be an executor, the ten steps to settle an estate, and the steps to take if you need to probate the will.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Contesting a Will in British Columbia

People’s Law School

This webinar answers common questions about contesting wills in BC.

Last reviewed March 2024
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What Happens If Your Common-Law Partner Dies?

Legal Aid BC

Explains the rights and responsibilities of people in marriage-like (common-law) relationships when their partner dies.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Dial-a-Law: Children Born Outside Marriage

People’s Law School

Under the law, a child born outside marriage is treated the same as a child born to married parents. However, there are some implications for parents and other practical considerations.

Last reviewed March 2024