The Wills, Estates and Succession Act Explained

This document details the meaning and intention of each section of the Wills, Estates and Succession Act. The Wills, Estates and Succession Act was enacted as Bill 4. However, Bill 4 has been amended since that time. Where a section of the Wills, Estates and Succession Act is replaced or changed by another act, that information is included. This document can be downloaded by part (below) or as an entire document (PDF, 1.0MB).

The following materials are drawn from the work of the British Columbia Law Institute in their report, Wills, Estates and Succession: A Modern Legal Framework.

Part 1 – Definitions and Interpretation
Part 2 – Fundamental Rules
Part 3 – When a Person Dies Without a Will
Part 4 – Wills
Part 5 – Benefit Plans
Part 6 – Administration of Estates

The Wills, Estates and Succession Act came into force on March 31, 2014.
This document was developed by the Ministry of Justice to support the transition to the Wills, Estates and Succession Act.
It is not legal advice and should not be relied upon for those purposes.