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

Michael L Warsh is a highly experienced, highly educated family lawyer in Nanaimo, 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. 

Laura Taylor has 20 years of litigation experience combined with dispute resolution background, and is well equipped to work within any family law process. 

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.
Family Law

At Warsh Law Corporation, 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
  • Mediation
  • Collaborative Family Law
  • Arbitration
View Laura's Biography for more information.

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 Corporation 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.


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 – even if the parties are separated. 


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 6 months 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. 


That unless a contrary intention is stated in a will, in most cases the will is automatically cancelled by the testator’s subsequent remarriage. 


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.