is live-tweeting the 15th annual STEP conference. Here’s a selection of our tweets:

10:33 AM: “Posthumous conception” is now dealt with in WESA (from stored genetic material). Child can be considered child of testator. #STEP

10:32 AM: WESA changes: wills not automatically revoked by testator marriage. Spouse definition now includes common law. If that means someone has multiple spouses, those spouses can agree on split (how likely is that?) or they can take it to court.

Read: Upcoming estate law changes

10:30 AM: BC Family Law Act came into force March 18, 2013. Similar to Ont. expanded definition of spouse. Read our story on the updates here. #STEP

10:22 AM: Reisman said ex husband entered estate freeze to intentionally reduce net family property in event of marriage breakdown. Court denied that application. The Reismans were happily married in 1998 when freeze occurred and parties’ separation not foreseeable. #STEP

10:19 AM: Stop using “per stirpes” when talking about children. When gift made to a single generation, there is a contradiction in terms #STEP

10:18 AM: Per stirpes (equal distribution) clauses are still sources of error and estate litigation. Estate planners should know better #STEP

10:17 AM: Safeguards put in Family Law Act with regard to matrimonial home can be frustrated if the home if put in a trust. #STEP

10:13 AM: No medical definition of “artificial and heroic measures” so clients should define along with estate planners in PoA personal care. #STEP

Read: Advise common-law clients to plan for split

10:12 AM: Think about revisiting PoA personal care. Could simply give broad powers to attorneys. Side doc could name the testator’s wishes but not be legally binding. There may be alternatives to this approach.

10:11 AM: Lessons: review boilerplate language with clients and revise or remove imprecise words like “heroic and artificial measures.” #STEP

10:10 AM: Example of Friedberg: she was Orthodox Jew and the end of life clause was inconsistent with her religious beliefs.

10:09 AM: PoA for personal care: clients don’t always understand “artificial and heroic measures” even though they sign off. #STEP

10:06 AM: Mrs. Carrigan denied because separate and apart. Quinn denied because can’t have two spouses. Spousal entitlement fell away. #STEP

10:05 AM: Carrigan v Carrigan: pension benefits go to spouse on death. Carrgians married but living separate and apart when he died. He lived w Quinn.

Read: Tax returns reveal a lot about clients