We are a a firm of litigation specialists who practice in Vancouver, one of the most diverse cities in the world. We specialize in estate, family and personal injury litigation, but also undertake challenging construction, contract and corporate disputes.
Lawyer and founder, John Richter, began the firm on the belief that a collegial workplace environment is essential for an organization to thrive and achieve its business objectives. We pride ourselves on the relationships we build, whether they are among co-workers, peers or with our clients. Every legal case is a unique story, but with a common objective ,“ a fair settlement”. Whether by trial or alternative dispute resolution, achieving a fair settlement demands a creative approach. With excellent understanding of the nature of litigation and the legal process, our strategy effectively incorporates factual circumstances, comprehensive analysis of legal issues and the motives of each party involved.
From the onset of our involvement in a case, we develop a clear strategy on how the results will be obtained. We generally find that the most effective method is to promptly begin preparing for trial. In doing so, parties are compelled to view the situation practically which greatly facilitates the settlement process.
Our commitment to providing strategic, practical, and creative legal solutions to challenging legal issues has earned us the trust of our many valued clients with whom we enjoy excellent and longstanding relationships. You can be certain that when you retain us, you are retaining a firm determined to resolve your matter.
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Experienced Estate Litigators
Richter Trial Lawyers | thegoodfirm have over 25 years experience in helping clients with estate litigation in Vancouver. Our firm handles many legal challenges that can arise in a trust or estate at the BC Supreme Court, the BC Court of Appeal, and through mediated settlements. Let our expertise work for you.
Why do you need an Estate Litigation Lawyer?
A trust or the estate of a loved one can be a contentious issue amongst family members. Disputes may arise over the validity of will, disinheriting of a sibling or relative, or a family member’s handling of a deceased’s person estate. Getting legal advice at the outset can help make sure your rights are protected. Under the Wills, Estates and Succession Act, there are crucial time limits that apply to starting a wills variation claim, contesting a will and administering an estate. Some of the situations our lawyers can advise and represent you include:
- Where an executor in a will does not file for probate
- Where a family member has a will but will not share it or apply for probate
- You are unsure if you are included in a loved one’s will
- You want information about how an executor is handling the administration of an estate
- A loved one transferred property to another family member before passing
- A will is ambiguous or unclear
- You have been left out of a will or disinherited
- You believe a loved one’s will was the result of undue influence
- You believe there are suspicious circumstances surrounding the preparation of a will
- You believe a family member lacked the mental capacity to make a will
Every situation is unique and we encourage you to contact us for a consultation with one of our lawyers to explain the law, how it applies to your situation and what your options are.
How We Can Help
Our firm has extensive experiences handling estate litigation matters at the BC Supreme Court, the BC Court of Appeal and in alternative dispute resolution . Our work includes opposing and applying for applications for probate, wills variation claims, applications to be appointed executor or have an executor removed, defending claims made against executors, beneficiaries or estates, applying for proof of a will in solemn form; claims involving competing wills, and recovering missing assets.
One of our most notable decisions is McBride v. Voth 2010 BCSC 443 (CanLII), a case in which our firm acted for the beneficiaries. Since 2010, McBride v. Voth has been referred to in other estate decisions 38 times including:
- Turpin v. Turpin Estate, 2019 BCSC 150
- Peterson v. Welwood, 2018 BCSC 1379
- Williams v. Williams Estate, 2018 BCSC 711
- Enns v. Gordon Estate, 2018 BCSC 705
- Lamperstorfer v. Plett, 2018 BCSC 89
- Eastman v. Eastman Estate, 2016 BCSC 1728
- Scott-Polson v. Lupkoski 2013 BCCA 428
- Moore v. Drummond, 2013 BCSC 1762
- McMain v. Leblanc, 2013 BCSC 891
- Scott-Polson v. Henley, 2013 BCSC 247
- Gray v. Gray, 2012 BCSC 1310
- Dunsdon v. Dunsdon, 2012 BCSC 1274
- O’Hara v. Chipilski Estate, 2012 BCSC 1135
Navigating, divorce, separation, parenting arrangements and support can be stressful. Fortunately, finding a Family law lawyer to help is not. Richter Trial Lawyers | thegoodfirm have over 25 years experience in helping clients resolve family disputes through the court process and through mediated settlements. Our lawyers have appeared for clients in Provincial Court, Supreme Court and the British Columbia Court of Appeal on family matters ranging from enforcement of provincial court family orders to lengthy trials involving complex legal issues.
Resolving family disputes can be complex and challenging: particularly for families with significant family income and assets. Our firm will provide you with sound legal advice and guidance to help resolve your legal issues. We work with our clients to resolve their family disputes as quickly and cost-effectively as possible, both inside and outside of the court process by employing the most appropriate method of dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration.
What does Family Law Include?
Family Law in BC is governed by the BC Family Law Act which deals with a wide variety of family-related areas from common law spouses and domestic partnerships, to issues arising from marriage such as adoption, child protection, domestic violence, divorce, and property division. Our lawyers are experienced in all matters of family law and can assist clients in many specialized areas, including:
- Separation Agreements
- Contested and Uncontested Divorces
- Property Division under the British Columbia Family Law Act
- Custody and Parenting Arrangements
- Child and Spousal Support
- Family Law Protection Order
- Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods including mediation and arbitration
- Marriage Contracts and Cohabitation Agreements
If you are unsure about how the law applies to your specific situation, contact us to set up a consultation with our experienced Family Law lawyers.
An injury can have devastating consequences on your life. Regardless of fault, if you suffered mild or catastrophic injuries in an accident you need to consult a lawyer about your rights and obtain legal advice about pursuing a claim. Our firm has extensive experience obtaining fair settlements in court and through mediation from insurance companies such as ICBC and from others who have caused injury by their negligence.
Our firm has a proven track record in many areas of personal injury including ICBC claims, slip and falls, brain and spine injuries, chronic pain, and psychiatric injury. We work with a wide variety of experts to help assess the nature and extent of injuries of your injuries and determine the present and future costs of treatment and rehabilitation and lost wages.
If you are unsure if you have a claim, contact us to set up a free consultation with our experienced personal injury lawyers.
Richter Trial Lawyers | Personal Injury, Family Law, and Estate Litigation Attorneys
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Suite 310-5687 Yew Street, Vancouver, BC V6M 3Y2
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