The case concerned the ownership of a valuable Vancouver home that a widowed mother transferred to herself and one of her daughters as joint owners. After the mother passed away, the home passed to the daughter and consequently did not form part of the mother’s estate. As a result, the remaining beneficiaries of the mother’s estate, including CBM’s client, were deprived of the value of the home, which had been the most significant asset owned by the mother.
At trial in the BC Supreme Court, Gene Fraser successfully argued that the home was held on trust for the deceased mother and therefore formed part of the mother’s estate, to be distributed among her children and grandchildren as beneficiaries. With the assistance of Scott Payne, Gene Fraser convinced the BC Court of Appeal to uphold the trial decision. As a result, CBM’s client went from having no legal interest in the home to being entitled to a third of the home’s value, estimated as approximately $1.8 million.
Click HERE to read the BC Supreme Court decision
Click HERE to read the BC Court of Appeal decision.
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