Will Variation

Dictionary Says

Definition of 'Will Variation'


A provision that allows a surviving spouse and/or children to contest a will that does not make adequate provision for their maintenance and support. In Canadian estate law, a legally married spouse, separated spouse, a common law spouse (in certain instances and where the two people are cohabiting in a marriage-like relationship) and the children of a decedent have the right to contest a will if they feel they have not been provided for in the manner in which they had reasonably expected. If the challenge is upheld by a court, the will may be rewritten to provide adequate support for the involved parties.

Investopedia Says

Investopedia explains 'Will Variation'


The British Columbia Wills Variation Act allows a disinherited spouse or child to seek a revision of a will by challenging the will and seeking a redistribution of the assets of the estate. In the event that a spouse or child contests a will due to lack of support, a court must decide if the challenge is valid and if a revision to the will is appropriate. The court can direct a redistribution of the estate that is "adequate, just and equitable in the circumstances."

comments powered by Disqus
Hot Definitions
  1. Private Equity

    Equity capital that is not quoted on a public exchange. Private equity consists of investors and funds that make investments directly into private companies or conduct buyouts of public companies that result in a delisting of public equity.
  2. Valuation

    The process of determining the current worth of an asset or company. There are many techniques that can be used to determine value, some are subjective and others are objective.
  3. Valuation

    The process of determining the current worth of an asset or company. There are many techniques that can be used to determine value, some are subjective and others are objective.
  4. Tech Street

    A term used in the financial markets and the press to refer to the technology sector. Companies like Intel, Microsoft, Apple and Dell are all considered to be part of Tech Street.
  5. Tech Street

    A term used in the financial markets and the press to refer to the technology sector. Companies like Intel, Microsoft, Apple and Dell are all considered to be part of Tech Street.
  6. Momentum Investing

    An investment strategy that aims to capitalize on the continuance of existing trends in the market. The momentum investor believes that large increases in the price of a security will be followed by additional gains and vice versa for declining values.
Trading Center