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Price-Stephens brings decorum, knowledge to estate disputes

Bringing order to estate wars

It happens more often than you might think.

An elderly family member passes away, and the reading of the will creates plenty of frustration, anger and hurt when relatives feel they were left out.

“People understandably are emotional,” Pushor Mitchell lawyer Angela Price-Stephens says. “You’ve just lost a loved one, and when the will does not match expectations it can hit a person when they are already low. When the will turns out to be a nasty surprise it can cause a family member to question everything that’s gone on in their life; especially as people may remember the same event or situation in a variety of ways.”

Price-Stephens has been litigating estate matters for more than two decades. She is new to Central Okanagan, but she applies the same strategies to her cases in B.C. as she did during her career in England. Her main goal at first is to calm feelings as much as possible.

“It’s not professional to take instructions from a highly emotional client. You need to let them be heard first, to understand their loss and allow them to consider the next steps, which I set out for them.

“If you retain a lawyer who has little compassion, it can just rub salt into the wound,” she says. “I very much try to be a balm on the situation, at least initially, and try to get everybody to take a breath. Not everybody wants to do that—not by a long shot–but blind retaliation against family members and prolonged arguments over the estate will increase legal fees dramatically. Most of the time the legal fees are taken from the estate, but those individuals who are especially unreasonable are at risk of having an order made against them to pay costs personally."

Hiring a lawyer who is both compassionate and knowledgeable of the law will bring you to a much speedier conclusion. Price-Stephens acknowledges that “speed” is a relative term given the time estate matters can take to resolve.

“Even where ugliness persists and settlement is derailed by an angry family member, knowing what the court would likely award gives the client the confidence to stand up to a potential bully,” she says.

Ultimately, estate claims may be settled by negotiation, trial or mediation. Price-Stephens is herself a qualified and experienced mediator and appreciates the value of the mediation process—“quicker than trial, less costly, private and, depending on the personalities involved, may save some family ties.”

B.C.’s Wills, Estates and Succession Act allows certain classes of people to contest a will if they feel it is unfair. This includes spouses and children, whether biological or legally adopted.

“Did you know it is possible for an individual to die leaving more than one spouse?” says Price-Stephens, who reports this as a little known fact among those clients affected. “The concept of 'spouse' has developed dramatically over the last decade.”

A typical example is a testator who was legally married but was apart and living in a separate long-term relationship at the time of death. Each potential spouse may have a valid claim to challenge the will, and it is essential that an executor does not decide arbitrarily who qualifies as a spouse and who does not, or it can be a costly mistake for the executor.

That’s why it is best to speak to Price-Stephens if you find yourself in an estate dispute. She will examine your case from every angle and get a good idea of what the judge will decide. That way, you will know if it is financially worth it to take the matter to court, pursue a settlement or initiate mediation.

More information about estate disputes can be found here or by visiting Price-Stephens’ web page on Pushor Mitchell's website. She can also be reached via email at [email protected].

This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.



T-ONE Restaurant brings originality to Kelowna's Asian food scene

Asian fusion food at its finest

If there is one positive thing about opening a new restaurant at the start of a pandemic, it’s that the expectations are low.

Aria Yen and her husband, Levi Hsu, opened T-ONE Restaurant in March, hoping to take advantage of its premier location on ground level of The Shore development across from Kelowna's Gyro Beach.

COVID-19 shut down the world just as T-ONE opened, so Yen and Hsu spent the first few months polling their customers to find out which dishes were tastiest and had them coming back for more.

Now that restaurants are open and Gyro Beach is overflowing with locals and tourists alike, T-ONE is ready to be the place to visit in Kelowna for the best Asian fusion cuisine.

“For the first three months we were still trying to adjust the dishes according to the feedback we got,” Yen says. “We know what the customers like.”

Hsu has spent the last 20 years in the kitchen, so he knows what he’s doing when it comes to Japanese, Taiwanese and Chinese dishes. T-ONE’s drink menu features Korean alcohol, called soju, as well as Japanese beer and sake.

Many of the restaurant’s appetizers are unique originals that were created by Hsu, who at one point during his career owned and operated a food truck in Taiwan.

T-ONE’s menu features all the best in Asian fusion, including ramen, udon and rice bowls. It also has a spicy beef ramen, and Hsu has made his own version of chili oil for those who are looking for a little bit of kick on their plate. T-ONE also offers dry ramen, which Yen says is the perfect summertime dish. The plan is to add sushi to the menu next year, as Hsu has also been a sushi chef during his career.

T-ONE is located on the northeast corner of The Shore, which is the six-storey, mixed-use development now open across from Gyro Beach.

“We put a lot of effort in the design of the restaurant,” Yen says, “the decoration and the furniture.”

For those who are not yet ready to eat in a restaurant, T-ONE dishes can be delivered directly to your door via Skip The Dishes or NINJANow.

This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet. 



Lucky To Go same as Uber and Lyft, and it operates in Okanagan

It's time to get Lucky

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Have you gotten Lucky yet?

Lucky To Go vehicles have been roaming the streets of the Central Okanagan for the past month, and now it is expanding its coverage area—just in time for the long weekend. Lucky To Go is the same as Uber and Lyft, but Uber and Lyft are not operating in the Okanagan. Lucky To Go, however, is.

In fact, it is the first ride-share company that launched in the Okanagan, and it is now delivering passengers in Lake Country, West Kelowna, Penticton, Peachland and Vernon. To celebrate its expansion, Lucky To Go is offering a long weekend discount code (AUG-LONG) throughout the region. The discount makes an already affordable mode of transportation even easier on the pocketbook, and it was already cheaper than a taxi. If that’s not enough, Lucky To Go customers will also earn a $5 discount if they refer Lucky To Go to friends and family.

Lucky To Go has also been authorized as an official transportation provider at Kelowna International Airport, putting another feather in the company’s cap as the Okanagan’s ride-share leader.

Lucky To Go offers simplicity when it comes to completing a transportation transaction. All you have to do is download the company’s app and add your credit card details. Enter the trip to want to take using your phone’s location services, see what the journey is going to cost you and request a car. You will be able to track the vehicle as it makes its way to your location.

The trip takes place, you get out of the vehicle when you arrive at your destination, and the cost is automatically applied to your credit card. The only optional steps are providing a tip, rating the driver or offering your opinion on the state of the vehicle itself.

You will soon be able to use Lucky To Go to get your favourite food or other products delivered to your home, too. The company will launch its on-demand delivery service in Kelowna on Sept. 1, giving its drivers a second avenue to earn money.

Those wishing to go for a Lucky To Go ride should download the company’s app on either Apple or Android. You can also check out the company’s website here.

This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.



Unisus School students develop critical skills for lifelong success

Unisus will guide your child

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Growing up in today’s world can be tough to navigate. It is even tougher if you have a motivated child exploring personal interests, sports, academic potential and trying to find where they fit in with peers.

They will undoubtedly experience ups and downs as they work through challenges and transition to independence in their journey. As a parent, you prepare and hope that journey is as kind and safe as possible. What if there was an environment that existed to support your child holistically, encouraging them to play, learn, explore and evolve their self-confidence without judgment while also developing critical skills that would promote lifelong success? An inclusive academy education like that of Unisus could be a great option for your child.

At Unisus, all academy students are supported equally within the scholar-athlete environment. That environment includes consistent encouragement to think outside the box, explore new ways of solving a problem or challenge, practise skill competencies and work together to develop innovative ideas.

Through the learning journey at Unisus, your child is supported in their academic studies with an IB World School program. According to International Baccalaureate, “Students studying at IB World Schools will be encouraged to think independently and drive their own learning, take part in programs of education that can lead them to some of the highest-ranking universities around the world, become more culturally aware, through the development of a second language, and be able to engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world.”

When your child pursues their passion at Unisus in a dance, hockey, golf, ski racing or basketball academy, they will receive world-class coaching and training opportunities not just in their sport but also in whole-body wellness through nutrition, mental health awareness, athlete specific mindset coaching and multi-sport cross-training.

By fostering this balanced approach both inside the learning studios and on the field, ice, stage or court, Unisus instils lifelong success tools known as transferable skills. Once developed, these transferable skills can help your child grow to be a compassionate team member with a strong work ethic and a commitment to completing whatever goal they set out for themselves. As prosperous contributing members of society, they will strive to inspire and lead others to greatness by acting as leaders in all aspects of life. They will develop critical habits in time management to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines in the real world and be lifelong ambassadors of health and wellness. Transferable skills help your child to grow into the innovative leaders that tomorrow is asking for.

Your child can thrive in balancing scholarly academics and developmental athletic achievement. With the scholar-athlete opportunity, your child will adopt a mindset of innovation and inclusivity that knows no bounds. At Unisus, we believe the future is forward. Will you join us?

Limited time scholarships are available now for those who qualify. Unisus invites you to apply today and further explore the scholar-athlete opportunity for your child at www.unisus.ca.

This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet. 



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