Supreme Court Family Law Forms: New Fillable Forms from the Legal Services Society

flws thumbnailMore help with filling out Supreme Court family forms is now available from the Legal Services Society’s Family Law website. LSS now features 23 new and improved Supreme Court family law forms in a fillable Word format available on the LSS Family Law in BC website. These new forms, such as the Notice of Joint Family Claim, allow you to add and save your own information into the forms and give some instructions on how to fill them out.

You can find these forms through Clicklaw on the LSS Court Forms page. The forms were created in the last few months and were refined and tested to be used in a range of family law cases, including divorces, changing child support, or changing parenting arrangements. To provide further help with filling out these forms , LSS has also created instructions and tips that will help you fill out your forms quickly and correctly. Some of the more complicated forms also have additional, more detailed instructions and tips.

If you need more assistance with your court forms, LSS also provides a list of organizations that will provide more hands-on support.

These forms were created with funding from The Law Foundation of BC.

Finding Probate Forms Online

“I’m applying for probate; where can I find the forms required?”

One of the most common questions we get at the Courthouse Library is: where can I find the documents needed to apply for probate?

Depending on the type of assets in an estate, the executor of a will may need to apply for probate in order to distribute the estate. The probate procedure includes submitting special forms and the original will to the Probate Registry of the Supreme Court. There are a number of forms and considerable detail involved. Many of the forms have been affected by recent changes to the Supreme Court Civil Rules and Forms.

We’ve posted a new “common question” on Clicklaw called “I’m applying for probate; where can I find the forms required?“.  The answer includes direct links to the forms required for a typical probate application.

For more detail on the documents required, an excellent resource is the BC Probate and Estate Administration Practice Manual, published by the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC. The Manual is available at Courthouse Libraries across BC, as well as in many public libraries in the province.

More Resources for Family Law Cases in Supreme Court

More resources relating to the new court rules for family law cases in Supreme Court are now available on Clicklaw. As of July 1, family law cases in Supreme Court have to use new forms and follow new processes. The Legal Services Society has now added to Clicklaw the fact sheet Going to Supreme Court? Read this first!, which points to all the resources on the Family Law in BC website that can help you get started with the new forms and processes.

As well, from Clicklaw you can directly access such new Legal Services Society resources as:

Speaking of JP Boyd’s website, we admire it so much that we’ve added entries on Clicklaw for JP Boyd’s BC Family Law Resource as well as New Rules 101: An Introduction, a section explaining the procedure and forms under the new court rules.

Guidebooks on the New Court Rules

More resources to navigate the new court rules for Supreme Court cases are now availble on Clicklaw. The Justice Education Society has updated and expanded its excellent Supreme Court Self-Help Guidebook series.

The series includes over 20 guidebooks written in plain language for those who are representing themselves in BC Supreme Court. The guidebooks fully incorporate the court rules that took effect on July 1, 2010, and include court forms with annotations explaining key parts of each form.

We admire these guidebooks so much that we’ve featured them in a new common question, “I’m trying to prepare a case under the new Supreme Court rules“. The guidebook series has been expanded to now include guidebooks on the transition to the new court rules and drafting orders in Supreme Court.

The Justice Education Society has also launched the website, which brings together a number of the Society’s videos, web resources and publications dealing with the Supreme Court. Along with the new guidebooks, the site is the new home to the videos Court Tips for Parents and Family Law and You: Representing Yourself in BC Supreme Court, the multimedia presentations Taking Your Case to Supreme Court, and more.

New Court Rules and Forms for Supreme Court Cases

New court rules and forms for Supreme Court cases came into effect on July 1, 2010. We’ve posted a series of common questions on Clicklaw:

Additional resources will be available through Clicklaw in the days ahead, including updated guidebooks from Justice Education Society and updated resources on the Family Law Website from Legal Services Society.