A will lets you speak to how your property is distributed after your death. It also tells your family whether you want to be buried or cremated, who you want to take care of your children or dependents, and ensures that the people you care about are still financially stable after you pass. If you want to put your affairs in order, we can help.
If you become unable to care for yourself or make decisions, who will manage your life? Personal Directives, Powers of Attorney, and other directives ensure that you know who will make decisions for you after an accident or loss of capacity. If you want to direct who will care for you, we can help.
As executor, you are obligated to make an application for probate of a will or administration of an estate if a person dies and owns real property, or substantial assets in Alberta or Calgary. Those applications require precision and experience. If you need to make an application, our lawyers can help.
After a personal representative receives a grant of administration or probate, they will have to distribute the assets of that estate to creditors and beneficiaries. Under certain circumstances, the representative will have to advertise to claimants and respond to creditors who have claims against the property of an estate before money can be given to beneficiaries. If you need help with distributing the assets of an estate, we can help.
Sadly, there are often arguments about who gets what under a will or testamentary instrument. The rules on how to contest a will or disposition of property on behalf of an estate are very complex and differ substantially from regular court systems. If you need help with making or defending an action, we can help.
Our will appointments are between 45 and 90 minutes long, but when you leave our office, you will have an original and enforceable will in your hands. For couples, please budget 50% more time for your will appointment.
Make a will to indicate your burial preferences, guardianship of your children, trustees for minors, specific gifts, charitable donations, and other dispositions
In case you are incapacitated, your power of attorney will ensure someone can make financial decisions for you
Personal Directives allow a person to make personal choices about you if you become incapacitated. Examples are where you live, who you associate with, what church you go to
For reciprocal wills between a couple which cover all the same issues as a single person will
Powers of Attorney for both spouses to appoint a trustee in case of mental incapacity, or an Enduring Power of Attorney which takes effect immediately.
Each person would have their own personal directive who would have authority to make personal decisions for the person granting the directive
Applications for probate/administration and assistance with managing the affairs of the deceased person.
If you are named as an executor or personal representative in a will, we can help you obtain probate for the will in order to deal with the assets and debts of the estate. If your relative died without a will, our lawyers can help you apply for a grant of administration.
Requirements for advertising, probate fees, and other estate administration requirements change based on the net assets of the estate.
If the beneficiaries of an estate are minors, we must deal with the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee.
In the event that you have a very complex or very simple estate matter, our lawyers can help you reduce time and expenses spent in administration of the estate.
All fees for wills and estates are exclusive of G.S.T., disbursements, and Other charges