The members of our Wills & Estates Practice Group takes exceptional pride in providing advice on Wills, Powers of Attorney, Trusts, Estate Planning and Estate Administration. This area of practice is critical to ensuring financial security and members of the practice group advise our clients on the most advantageous method of organizing their financial affairs. In addition, the practice group assists individuals and corporate trustees in the administration of estates so matters are resolved in a timely and cost effective manner.
When estate-related disputes arise, we can provide assistance through litigation or mediation.
Our practice includes the following areas:
Do you want your property, financial assets, and personal possessions to pass to your loved ones and others chosen by you upon your death? If you do, then you need to make your Will. Without a Will, the laws will dictate who will inherit your property and in what proportion.
Making a Will is part of the estate planning process. It ensures that your property passes to your designated beneficiaries in a timely manner, and without paying more taxes and fees than are necessary to the government. With proper legal advice and documentation, a Will and proper estate planning will also lessen the risk of a challenge to your estate. And it is not only the wealthy who need a Will.
Our lawyers will advise you on many of the various issues that arise and need to be considered as part of the planning of your estate. For example, our lawyers will discuss the significance of designating your beneficiaries on your insurance policies and registered plans and holding joint ownership property. You will also be advised on being prepared for possible mental or physical incapacity, by drawing up a Power of Attorney and a Representation Agreement. We aim to provide you and your loved ones practical legal advice, which results in a smooth estate planning strategy. A discussion with our lawyers will help you to address issues that you may have not considered.
Upon the death of an individual, we will be able to guide the executor or administrator through the process of assuming responsibility for the deceased’s estate. The process would also include the application for probate or letters of administration for the estate.
What Happens When You Die Without a Will
Enduring Power of Attorney