Booklet for executors now updated

April 10, 2020

We’ve updated one of our most popular publications, Being an Executor. This booklet is for people who have been asked to be an executor in a will. It covers the steps involved in dealing with an estate in British Columbia after a person dies, including how to probate a will.

"My wife named me as executor in her will. She left her estate to me and our children. The only other gift was a ring to her sister. I was confused about whether I had to send her brother notice of the probate application. My lawyer explained that if my wife had died without a will, only the kids and I would have been entitled to the estate under the law. So I don’t have to send her brother notice of the application."

– John, Port Moody, BC

This update to Being an Executor features:

  • Updated content. The booklet is now current to March 2019.

  • More practical guidance. More tips, more user stories, and more step-by-step guidance to help you understand what to do when someone asks you to be their executor, and how to do the job effectively.

  • Our fresh new look. This update features our new look for People’s Law School booklets, with a more readable font and layout.

The updated booklet is available now on Clicklaw Wikibooks and as a PDF download. If you wish to order multiple copies of the print booklet, you can do so from Crown Publications.

Many thanks to our legal reviewer Stephen Hsia for reviewing this update for legal accuracy.

We are grateful to work on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, whose Peoples continue to live on and care for these lands.