Stan Rule

Rule of Law Blog

rule.jpgStan Rule specializes in Estate Planning, Estate Administration and Estate Disputes.

He is experienced in providing legal advice, drawing Wills and Trusts, and assisting executors and administrators in applications for Grants of Probate and Administration.

He has acted for plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of will and estate disputes, including Wills Variation claims, unjust enrichment claims, incapacity and undue influence claims, trust claims, interpretation of Wills, disputes over joint accounts, and contested executor’s accounts.

He has experience negotiating settlements, including negotiated settlements at mediation, and he has conducted trials in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, and appeals in the British Columbia Court of Appeal.

Stan is a graduate of the University of British Columbia in History (Honours) and the University of Toronto Law School.  He was called to the Bar in British Columbia in 1989.

He is a member and former director of the British Columbia Law Institute.

He is the past chair of the National Wills, Estates and Trusts Section of the Canadian Bar Association.  He is also a past chair and current member of the Okanagan Wills and Trusts subsection of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, and a past President and current member of the Kelowna Estate Planning Society.  He is also a member of the International Society of Estate and Trust Practitioners, Vancouver Branch.

Stan is a frequent lecturer and writer on Wills, Estates and related disputes.  He has presented the following papers at courses for lawyers for the Continuing Legal Education Society:

He has been a speaker at the Victoria Wills and Trusts, the Okanagan Wills and Trusts and the Okanagan Family Law subsections of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch; UBC Okanagan; the Vernon Estate Planning Society; and on several occasions at the Kelowna Estate Planning Society.

He is the author of Rule of Law blog, which was listed as a top Canadian legal blog in the March 2008 edition of Canadian Lawyer Magazine.

Selected Cases:

Stapleton v Doe, 2017 B.C.S.C. 12

Sutherland v. Dorland, 2012 B.C.S.C. 615

Perasso v. Perasso, 2011 B.C.S.C. 230

Schipper v. Schipper Estate, 2010 B.C.S.C. 1067

Moyes v. Ollerich Estate2005 B.C.C.A. 518


Areas of Practice

Stan practices in the following areas:

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by Stanley T. Rule, Sabey Rule LLP.