Quickscribe 2.0

A better way to research, track and collaborate on legislation.

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Amendments

Colour-coded amendment flags make it easy to determine when sections were last amended. Compare the full text of how the section read the day before the change came into law with one click!

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Annotations

Annotation tools allow you to post annotations throughout the legislation. Annotations can be saved as private (encrypted), organizational (only readable to those in your firm) or even shared with the QS community. The choice is up to you. Quickscribe's expert legal annotators will also contribute annotations for the benefit of all users.

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Our Panel of Experts

Quickscribe has hand-selected a number of respected legal professionals who will provide thoughtful commentary and legislative insight with links to relevant case law.

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Print PDFs

Quickscribe's popular PDF tools make it easy to print sections or entire laws on demand! These professional-looking PDFs can be saved to file and because Quickscribe's laws are updated weeks before any other source, you can have a fully consolidated hard copy law in your hands before anyone else!

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Collaborate

Quickscribe 2.0 allows you to collaborate and engage in high-level discussions on legislative topics with your peers. This tool is ideal for contributing to the overall knowledge management of your organization.

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Alerts

Stay informed! QS 2.0 includes a number of timely, detailed and fully customizable notification alerts for both upcoming and recent changes to laws of your choosing. Visit Alerts to learn more.

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Follow Threads on Laws

Stay engaged by receiving email alerts for recently added annotations to laws or sections of your choosing. You can even filter these to only receive alerts for new annotations made by fellow colleagues or our expert annotators.

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Save Time

It's the little things we have done that will save you time and enrich your legislation research experience.

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Historical Research Tools

QS 2.0 offers a number of historical legislation research tools that will save you time when researching how laws read at different points in history.

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Stay Ahead

Laws on QS are often updated weeks before any other source. Quickscribe also publishes early consolidation of certain laws as they will look when they come into force. These special consolidations are rarely found elsewhere.

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What Makes Quickscribe 2.0 Unique?

  • Most Current

    With Quickscribe, you'll never have to question whether you are accessing the most current version of a law again. QS 2.0 provides access to laws that are updated weeks before any other source. How do we do it? Our system was built with the flexibility to allow us to post changes the same day they come into law. In fact, as a convenience to our clients, Quickscribe will routinely post early consolidations of key laws prior to coming into force. These early consolidations are rarely, if ever, found elsewhere.

  • Dynamic Annotations

    Whether you want to contribute and engage in the legislative discussions or simply benefit from reading the annotations made by others, Quickscribe's annotations deliver dynamic, value-added content that will enrich your legislative research experience.

    Quickscribe's ever-growing panel of hand-selected expert annotators contributes annotations throughout the legislation for the benefit of all users.

    You may also add your own annotations and save them as private (encrypted), organizational (only readable to those in your firm) or even shared with the QS community (moderated). The choice is up to you.

  • PDF – on Demand!

    Have you ever been frustrated with the process of trying to print off individual sections or entire laws from other sites? Quickscribe's popular PDF tools make it easy to print off professional-quality PDF versions of selected sections or entire laws on demand! These PDFs can also be saved to file. Clients even have the option to print both the annotated and non-annotated versions of the law.

  • Custom Tracking/Alerts

    QS 2.0 includes a number of timely, detailed and fully customizable alerts that will notify you of both upcoming and recent changes to laws of your choosing. These popular alerts will ensure you keep informed of the very latest changes. Each alert will provide detailed information with a link to the new/proposed change. Quickscribe has gained a reputation for sending these notices sooner than any other service on the market. Visit our alerts page to learn how these alerts can work for you.

  • Historical Law Research Tools

    Access to historical legislation is important. Quickscribe excels at offering historical research tools that help you find what you are looking for quickly and efficiently.

  • Collaboration Tools

    QS 2.0 facilitates collaboration by allowing you to engage in high-level discussions with your peers on relevant legislation items. Tools such as the "follow" feature allow you to stay engaged with notifications that alert you when new annotations are posted by colleagues or experts to laws that are most relevant to you. You can reply, share or post an original annotation on an existing thread or anywhere in the legislation database. It's like having your own team of knowledgeable researchers at your disposal. Simply put, QS 2.0 will fundamentally change the way you research legislation.

  • Organizational KM Tools

    QS 2.0 allows you to share and contribute annotations and content for the benefit of others in your organization. Link building and document upload tools help to ensure annotations are dynamic and flexible enough to incorporate related documentation. Over time, these Organizational Annotations will add significant historical research value – a powerful contribution to the knowledge management of your organization.

Private Annotations

You can easily and securely create and save your own private annotations (PAs) throughout the legislation.

PAs are fully encrypted and can only be viewed by you. You can search, edit, manage and delete these as needed.

QS will even transfer your PAs over to a new account should you move to another organization. By default, all annotations are set to private.

Organizational Annotations

Organizational annotations (OAs) will help to facilitate collaborative discussion and awareness about legislative issues and cases that may be of interest to others in your organization.

OAs are fully encrypted and can only be read or shared by others in your organization. For larger organizations, OAs can be filtered and saved to subgroups. You can follow OAs posted by colleagues and reply to or share OAs within your organization at any time. Document upload and link-building tools make it easy to contribute to the Knowledge Management for your organization.

To save an annotation as an Organizational annotation, select "My Organization" when you go to save the annotation. The default is set to save annotations as Private.

Community Annotations

Quickscribe Community Annotations are posted for the benefit of all Quickscribe users. Saving your annotation as a QS Community (public) Annotation (QSCA) is a great way to share and contribute to the ever-growing, collaborative knowledge base that comprises all users.

For example, your research may have uncovered a valuable tip or reference to a case that might be of interest to others using Quickscribe. Other users may want to initiate a discussion relating to the interpretation of a vague reference in a proposed law. The Community annotations are intended to facilitate this type of content/discussion for the benefit of all users.

All QSCAs are moderated and reviewed prior to publishing. Portions of QS Community annotations may also be published to various public sites.

To save an annotation as an Organizational annotation, select "QS Community" when you go to save the annotation. The default is set to save annotations as Private.

What is an annotation?

Traditionally, an annotated law will include information about the application and intent behind the sections in a law. While many of the QS Community and Expert annotations will include these types of annotations, we have broadened the definition to also include references to:

By broadening the definition of an annotation, we can deliver a more dynamic, flexible and relevant research tool that will evolve over time and as laws change.

Types of Annotations

Quickscribe 2.0 offers you the ability to make and save annotations as Private (only readable by you) or Organizational (accessible to only those in your organization); both are encrypted. Annotations can also be posted to the Quickscribe Community. These are moderated and some restrictions apply. Quickscribe's Expert Annotators will contribute annotations for the benefit of all users.

In summary, an annotation is any note that offers additional substantive value for our users.

Annotations from our Quickscribe Experts

In the May 2016 issue of The Advocate, The Honourable M. Anne Rowles and Connor Bildfell have presented Part 1 of their argument for "The Case For Replacing the 2002 Legal Services Society Act" (2016) 74 Advocate 355.

Part 1 focuses on "Tracking the Trajectory of Legal Aid ...

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Michael Bain, Hamilton Howell Bain & Gould on LEGAL SERVICES SOCIETY ACT

There is a pending amendment to Section 133(2). The Natural Gas Development Statutes Amendment Act, 2015 (Bill 40) will permit regulations to be made regarding leases of storage reservoirs.

This pending amendment received 1st Reading on October 8, 2015 and, if it receives Ro...

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Paul Wilson, Fasken Martinau on PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS ACT

Organizations taking on interns, volunteers, students and apprentices need to be aware of (b) and (c) in the definition of employee under the Employment Standards Act (the "Act"). Under the Act, an employee includes "a person an employer allows, directly or indirectly, to perf...

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Daniel Sorensen, Sorensen Smith LLP on EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS ACT

A determination of whether due diligence was exercised in relation to an alleged contravention that is subject to compliance and enforcement action under Section 71 of the Forest and Range Practices Act first requires identification of the particular event or contravention at ...

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Jeff Waatainen, DLA Piper LLP on FOREST AND RANGE PRACTICES ACT

The exceptions to a free miner's activity contained in s. 11(2) do not apply to a recorded holder under s. 14(1).

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Robin Longe, Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP on MINERAL TENURE ACT

When a municipality applies for an order under sections 129(4) and (5), the level of disclosure normally applicable to an ex parte (without notice) hearing applies. The applicant must make “full and frank” disclosure of all “material” facts.

In Port Clements (Villag...

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Michael Hargraves, Stewart McDannold Stuart on COMMUNITY CHARTER

In Re: The Owners, Strata Plan LMS1383 in the Matter of Section 173 of the Strata Property Act, the Honourable Mr. Justice Pearlman held at paragraph 73 that the court application contemplated in section 173 does not require the approval by three-quarter vote of the strata cor...

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Mary Brunton, Reed Pope Law Corporation on STRATA PROPERTY ACT

In the decision of Dolinsky v. Wingfield, 2015 BCSC 238, the court granted an order requiring the defendants to indemnify the plaintiff for future costs of remediation. The plaintiff had remediated part of the site. It also presented expert testimony on a plan and costs estima...

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Richard Bereti, Harper Grey LLP on ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT ACT

In C.S.M. v W.S.L., a case between and adult child and a payor father, the Provincial Court determined that an RESP fund is property rather than a special expenses, and as such is "an asset to be dealt with under the division of property in the respective parts of the FLA," ov...

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John-Paul Boyd, Canadian Research Institute For Law And The Family on FAMILY LAW ACT

CE International Resources Holdings LLC v. Yeap, 2013 BCSC 1804 at paras. 19, 35-39,

A high degree of deference is to be given to decisions of arbitrators in international arbitrations.

"Party" may include a non-signatory through mechanisms such as estoppel and piercing t...

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Joe McArthur, BLAKE, CASSELS & GRAYDON LLP on INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION ACT

Section 11 presumes that the interests of tenants in common are equal. The burden to establish otherwise is on the party asserting a greater or different interests: Virk v. Pannu, 2006 BCSC 921

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Peter Roberts, Lawson Lundell LLP on PROPERTY LAW ACT

The BC Supreme Court, in Bryson v Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC, recently considered the scope of the duty of procedural fairness owed by a public body to an affected person in disclosing information about a significant risk of harm to the publi...

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Eileen Vanderburgh, AHBL Management Limited Partnership on FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AND PROTECTION OF PRIVACY ACT

In response to your suggestions, we have published this early consolidation of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Act as it will read when 2014 Bill 12 & 2015 Bill 40 amendments are incorporated.

The Bills, which will eventually come into force by regulation, affect the following ...

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Michael Pasta, Quickscribe Services Ltd. on PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS ACT - Early Consolidation - Not Yet in Force

In the somewhat imaginatively named "The Foreign Money Claims Act" (2016) 74 Advocate 373, author Vaughan Black explores the competing line of authorities which consider whether to use the date of the breach of contract (on the one hand) or the date of the judgment as the conv...

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Michael Bain, Hamilton Howell Bain & Gould on FOREIGN MONEY CLAIMS ACT

Medication costs required as a result of the tortious act or omission of another person must be paid for by the tortfeasor. A person is not entitled to payment through PharmaCare for medication costs if the injury, illness, or other condition giving rise to the need for those ...

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Guy Brown, Harper Grey LLP on PHARMACEUTICAL SERVICES ACT

In West Vancouver Police Department v British Columbia (Information and Privacy Commissioner), 2016 BCSC 934, the BC Supreme Court upheld the decision of the Information and Privacy Commissioner’s delegate in Order F-15-05, which found that section 182 of the Police Act did...

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Eileen Vanderburgh, AHBL Management Limited Partnership on FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AND PROTECTION OF PRIVACY ACT

This section was applied by the court in the case of Al-Sabah Estate, 2015 BCSC 1781. In that case a grant of administration had issued to an administrator who was found to have failed to give proper notice to the beneficiaries and to have failed to advise the court of the he...

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Genevieve Taylor, Legacy Tax & Trust Lawyers LLP on WILLS, ESTATES AND SUCCESSION ACT

In the decision of Dolinsky v. Wingfield, 2015 BCSC 238, the court granted an order requiring the defendants to indemnify the plaintiff for future costs of remediation. The plaintiff had remediated part of the site. It also presented expert testimony on a plan and costs estima...

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Richard Bereti, Harper Grey LLP on ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT ACT

It is not clear if the limitation period on distributing the estate applies when no application has been made, or will ever be made, for a representation grant.

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Emma McArthur, Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP on WILLS, ESTATES AND SUCCESSION ACT

This section was applied by the court in the case of Al-Sabah Estate, 2015 BCSC 1781. In that case a grant of administration had issued to an administrator who was found to have failed to give proper notice to the beneficiaries and to have failed to advise the court of the he...

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Genevieve Taylor, Legacy Tax & Trust Lawyers LLP on WILLS, ESTATES AND SUCCESSION ACT

Please note that we recently discovered what appears to be an error in section 48. (5) (d), in reference to the text that reads "...of the Act applies or an from an aquifer..."

We have brought this to the attention of QP and they responded by saying that the reference was p...

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Michael Pasta, Quickscribe Services Ltd. on WATER SUSTAINABILITY REGULATION 36/2016

~In deciding to take extraordinary actions under s. 35 of the Health Professions Act, it is not necessary to weigh the evidence to determine if it was sufficient to establish the alleged misconduct, but only to decide if interim action is necessary to protect the public.~ See ...

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OnPoint Legal Research, Onpoint Legal Research Law Corporation on HEALTH PROFESSIONS ACT

See the annotation on the definition of "density" in s. 455.

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Bill Buholzer, Young Anderson on LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT

Organizations taking on interns, volunteers, students and apprentices need to be aware of (b) and (c) in the definition of employee under the Employment Standards Act (the "Act"). Under the Act, an employee includes "a person an employer allows, directly or indirectly, to perf...

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Daniel Sorensen, Sorensen Smith LLP on EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS ACT

Medication costs required as a result of the tortious act or omission of another person must be paid for by the tortfeasor. A person is not entitled to payment through PharmaCare for medication costs if the injury, illness, or other condition giving rise to the need for those ...

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Guy Brown, Harper Grey LLP on PHARMACEUTICAL SERVICES ACT

Delighted to see that the Province is creating information and on-line tools to help BC societies to deal with the upcoming transition!

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Margaret Mason, Bull Housser & Tupper LLP on SOCIETY ACT

The exceptions to a free miner's activity contained in s. 11(2) do not apply to a recorded holder under s. 14(1).

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Robin Longe, Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP on MINERAL TENURE ACT

This rule does not allow a corporate party to read in discovery evidence of their own examined representative.

Subrule (47) does not say the evidence can be tendered by any party and does not supersede the requirement in R. 12-5(46) that it be tendered by a party adverse ...

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Erik Magraken, MacIsaac & Company on SUPREME COURT CIVIL RULES (B.C. Reg. 168/2009)

In Re: The Owners, Strata Plan LMS1383 in the Matter of Section 173 of the Strata Property Act, the Honourable Mr. Justice Pearlman held at paragraph 73 that the court application contemplated in section 173 does not require the approval by three-quarter vote of the strata cor...

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Mary Brunton, Reed Pope Law Corporation on STRATA PROPERTY ACT

There is a pending amendment to Section 133(2). The Natural Gas Development Statutes Amendment Act, 2015 (Bill 40) will permit regulations to be made regarding leases of storage reservoirs.

This pending amendment received 1st Reading on October 8, 2015 and, if it receives Ro...

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Paul Wilson, Fasken Martinau on PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS ACT

Insults inflicted upon employees in the workplace, even in the course of their employment, only fall under s. 13 of the Human Rights Code if the wrongdoer has sufficient employer-given power to impose the unwelcome conduct as a condition of employment, or if the conduct is tol...

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OnPoint Legal Research, Onpoint Legal Research Law Corporation on HUMAN RIGHTS CODE

One implication of this subsection is that if a will-maker married before March 31, 2014,section 15 of the now repealed Wills Act continues to apply, and a will made prior to the marriage is revoked unless the will was made in contemplation of the marriage in accordance with t...

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Stanley Rule, Sabey Rule LLP on WILLS, ESTATES AND SUCCESSION ACT

See the annotation on the definition of "density" in s. 455.

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Bill Buholzer, Young Anderson on LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT

While the language of section 56 is broad enough to permit a building inspector to consider, and potentially rely upon a geotechnical report previously prepared for another purpose, it does not require the building inspector to do so.

In Compagna v. Nanaimo (City), 2016 BCS...

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Michael Hargraves, Stewart McDannold Stuart on COMMUNITY CHARTER

Section 25 only operates where the subject covenant is annexed “by an instrument to other land.” Where a restrictive covenant is not registered against or "annexed" to other parcels, it will not extend the benefit to those parcels: Babine Investments Ltd. v. Prince George...

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Peter Roberts, Lawson Lundell LLP on PROPERTY LAW ACT

The recent BCSC case of George v. BC Wildlife Federation 2016 BCSC 718 discusses whether a Board suspension of a director is tantamount to a removal and thus invalid because the power is exclusively reserved to members. In the facts of the case, the suspension was found not t...

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Margaret Mason, Bull Housser & Tupper LLP on SOCIETY ACT

A plain reading of this provision is that if the "face value" of an NCP's accrued DB benefits are not being changed on a conversion of those benefits to target benefits, no consent from a trade union is required. That is, converting what were DB benefits in an NCP into TB ben...

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Murray Campbell, Lawson Lundell LLP on PENSION BENEFITS STANDARDS ACT

When considering whether an offer was beat at trial the Rules do not allow for a present value calculation to be applied to the offer.

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Erik Magraken, MacIsaac & Company on SUPREME COURT CIVIL RULES (B.C. Reg. 168/2009)

A plain reading of this provision is that if the "face value" of an NCP's accrued DB benefits are not being changed on a conversion of those benefits to target benefits, no consent from a trade union is required. That is, converting what were DB benefits in an NCP into TB ben...

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Murray Campbell, Lawson Lundell LLP on PENSION BENEFITS STANDARDS ACT

It is not clear if the limitation period on distributing the estate applies when no application has been made, or will ever be made, for a representation grant.

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Emma McArthur, Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP on WILLS, ESTATES AND SUCCESSION ACT

In C.S.M. v W.S.L., a case between and adult child and a payor father, the Provincial Court determined that an RESP fund is property rather than a special expenses, and as such is "an asset to be dealt with under the division of property in the respective parts of the FLA," ov...

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John-Paul Boyd, Canadian Research Institute For Law And The Family on FAMILY LAW ACT

Assam Co. India Ltd. v. Canoro Resources Ltd., 2014 BCSC 370 at para. 42

Principles under this provision include that:

1. Broad deference and respect is to be accorded to international arbitration tribunals;

2. This Court is generally not empowered to scrutinize the arb...

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Joe McArthur, BLAKE, CASSELS & GRAYDON LLP on INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION ACT

A determination of whether due diligence was exercised in relation to an alleged contravention that is subject to compliance and enforcement action under Section 71 of the Forest and Range Practices Act first requires identification of the particular event or contravention at ...

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Jeff Waatainen, DLA Piper LLP on FOREST AND RANGE PRACTICES ACT

One implication of this subsection is that if a will-maker married before March 31, 2014,section 15 of the now repealed Wills Act continues to apply, and a will made prior to the marriage is revoked unless the will was made in contemplation of the marriage in accordance with t...

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Stanley Rule, Sabey Rule LLP on WILLS, ESTATES AND SUCCESSION ACT