Warsh Law is composed of lawyers practicing family law, wills and estates, estate litigation, corporate, residential and commercial real estate, and immigration law in Nanaimo and the Vancouver Island Community.

Michael L Warsh is a highly educated lawyer with over 25 years of experience, specializing in Family Law, Wills, Estates and Estate Litigation Law. His practice ranges from wills, divorce, custody and access issues to inheritance and all other aspects of Estate Law. 

Stuart E. Wood, born in Vancouver, studied engineering at the University of British Columbia and graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Sciences and Mechanical Engineering in 1973. After working in the Forest industry, Stuart returned to law school at the University of British Columbia where he received his LLB in 1979.

Ronald E. Peters has more than 23 years of legal experience, which includes family law, real estate conveyances and mortgages, business transactions and immigration matters.  Recognizing that a client's legal issues or problems are inherently stressful, Ron's approach to practicing law and serving his clients is a practical, solutions-based approach.

Sarah E. Allan is a skilled legal researcher with an expanding practice in family law, wills and estates, and corporate law.  She aims to help her clients understand the legal system and to find creative solutions to their legal problems. 
Family Law

At Warsh Law, we effectively and carefully handle cases involving matters of care and control of children, including spousal and child support, out of province and international issues, division of personal and corporate assets, representation of married, common law and same sex spouses, grandparents rights and all other matters related to the divorce process;  you can therefore focus your energy on your well-being and that of those around you. 

Family Law Services:
  • Litigation                                              
  • Collaborative Family Law                                               
Wills and Estate Law

The passing of a loved one can sometimes be more painful than it needs to be due to unresolved issues relating to Estates, Wills and other material issues. Warsh Law takes care of these issues including Springing Powers of Attorney and Enduring Powers of Attorney, which deal with property and financial issues, enhanced representation agreements which deal with end-of-life issues and the care of the elderly and ill, wills, probate and estate Issues, living wills, advance directives, contested committees applications and other complex matters like the Wills, Estate and Succession Act litigation which can drastically change the provisions of a will.    

Immigration Law

Moving to a new country can be a stressful and confusing experience for almost anyone.  Attempting to navigate the complex and detailed immigration process required to obtain status in Canada can only add to that stress and confusion.  Our experienced team at Warsh Law can help and guide you through the maze of the immigration process.

Lawyer Ronald Peters is experienced in dealing with different areas of immigration, including Family Sponsorship, BC Provincial Nominee Program, Canadian Experience Class as well as other cases.  We have successfully acquired permanent resident status for many clients and can put our knowledgeable and experienced team to work for you.  Being thorough and focusing on the details helps meet the needs of our clients.  We can help you and your family in finding the right solution for gaining entry to Canada.

We are able to offer our clients a comprehensive immigration package from helping you with immigration to assisting with settlement services.  While our services are generally offered in English, we can occasionally assist our clients in German and French.  We also have a Mandarin speaking assistant experienced in immigration matters to serve our Asian clientele.   Please note that each immigration file is dependent on the set of facts in a particular case and you should consult with your legal advisor for what options best suit your needs.


The Warsh Law team is available for weekend, home visits and hospital appointments.

Our team is located at 109 – 335 Wesley Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia, V9R 2T5.
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Did you know?
The Family Law Act limits actions for property division or allocation of debt to those commenced within two years of the date of divorce or a declaration of nullity for married spouses and within two years of the date of separation for unmarried spouses. However, this time limit is suspended while parties are engaged in family dispute resolution with a family dispute resolution professional.


A person who is dissatisfied with the provisions of his or her deceased spouses’ will, may apply to the court under the 
Wills Variation Act for an order changing the distribution of the estate, if he or she was the legal spouse of the testator (the person who made the will) at the time of the testator’s death.


Although a Divorce is considered a triggering event under the Act, the divorce in and of itself does not vest a spouses interest in the family assets eliminating the limitation period contained in the definition of spouse – so the two year rule for applying for a division of assets still applies. 


Under the Wills Variation Act an action to change the distribution of the estate, must be commenced within 180 days of the date of issue of the grant of probate. The grant of probate is the procedure for determining the validity of a will and for the proper distribution of an estate. The probate court issues certificates of probate acknowledging that the will has been proved and registered. 


That the same definition of spouse under the Act creates a one year time limit for a spousal support claim brought by a common law spouse. So a potential claim for spousal support is terminated, if not made within one year following separation. 


Where a divorce order has been made after making a will, any gift, or appointment to a former spouse contained in the will is revoked, unless a contrary intention is stated in the will. Moreover, the will takes effect as if the former spouse predeceased the spouse.