The Wills, Estates and Succession Act came into force today, as did Part 25 of the Supreme Court Civil Rules which amends the procedures for probate and other estate applications.
This legislation and the rule changes significantly reform British Columbia's succession laws and procedures.
As I have written before, most (but not all) of the provisions of the Wills, Estates and Succession Act apply in respect of the estates of persons who die today or in the future. The rule changes will apply to applications made today or later, regardless of the date of death.
As I wrote a three weeks ago, Bill 14 will make some changes to the Act if the Bill is passed and implemented. A few days ago, on March 25, 2014, Order in Council No. 126 amended the wording of the Rules.
Some good resources concerning WESA and the rule changes, include this Ministry of Justice Website, and the Courthouse Library Society's Wills and Estates Practice Portal.