Battle of will: Local family fights over $57M estate – British Columbia

A complex legal fight is brewing over the estimated $57 million estate of Vancouver developer and investor William Frederick Lougheed, pitting some of his children — biological and adopted — against his third wife, Balwinder Kaur Brar Lougheed, who is the sole beneficiary and executor of his will.

Michael William Lougheed, Laura Ann Carver and Lynda Carrie Lougheed filed a notice of civil claim in B.C. Supreme Court, Feb. 7.  All three are adult children from Lougheed’s first marriage and were not named in his will. 

The claim says that Michael and Laura suffered physical, emotional and other abuse at the hand of their father when they were children. It also says Lynda became permanently estranged from her father when she confronted him about the abuse.

The claim also alleges their father made “fraudulent transfers and gifts” of his entire estate to Balwinder Lougheed before he died to prevent them from ever receiving any money or assets. 

According to the claim, the transfers include shares in William Lougheed’s company, Norbill Investments, worth over $50 million and a $7 million property in Madeira Park on the Sunshine Coast.

Google Earth view of the Madeira Park property that is part of the William Lougheed estate. (Google Earth)

The children are seeking damages and a variance to the will because, “The deceased provide no valid or rational reasons for failing to provide for the plaintiffs.”

According to the claim, William Lougheed married Balwinder in or around 2008. He died in January of 2016 at age 88. 

Lougheed graduated from Kitsilano High School in the 1940s and was involved in the development of the Lougheed Mall on the Coquitlam-Burnaby border and the nearby apartments and condominiums known as Lougheed Village, as well as many other projects.

William Lougheed was previously sued by his biological children in the late 1980s. In that claim, the children were seeking to gain their inheritance as soon…

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