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Managing the estate of a loved one can be a very difficult and emotional process, and you could benefit from speaking with a probate lawyer in Calgary.
You may have questions regarding the will of the deceased or what happens if there is no will. You may be appointed as an executor of the estate, you may be a beneficiary, or you may believe you ought to be a beneficiary of an estate.
Our office is experienced in assisting with the management and distribution of estates and can provide assistance with any of the following:
Legal advice for executors, trustees and beneficiaries
Administering and distributing property of the estate
Publication of notice to creditors and claimants
Addressing administration disputes, if they arise
Filing grants of probate, grants of administration and court orders
Often when a person dies with property that needs to be distributed to beneficiaries, a grant of probate or a grant of administration is required before the estate can be distributed to the beneficiaries.
Some examples of such property that will require a grant are land that is registered through land titles, corporate assets and, frequently, bank accounts. Applying for these grants is a process in which the court approves of the distribution, allowing the property to be properly divided. It can be a complex process for those who are not familiar with it.
If you are acting as the executor or personal representative for the estate of a person who has passed away, we would be happy to meet with you and assist you with getting those grants.
If you have a will when you pass away, then the estate is administered in accordance with the will.
The executor of the estate would make an application to the surrogate court for a grant of probate in order to distribute the estate to the beneficiaries under the will.
In cases where there is no will, an application for Administration must be filed. Legal recognition of your duties as a distributor is a must for you to carry out your responsibilities in most cases.
Probate might not be required in cases where the estate is uncomplicated and small. However, the fulfilment of probate is generally demanded by the financial institutions involved. Usually, you are required to go through probate in the case of a will if:
The probate lawyers at Dukeshire Law Office in NW Calgary will carefully assess your case and determine whether you need to go through probate or not.
If you do not have a will when you pass away, the estate is administered in accordance with the Wills and Succession Act of Alberta. This means that you do not get to choose your beneficiaries, who are chosen for you in the hierarchy outlined in the Wills and Succession Act of Alberta.
The personal representative of the estate would make an application to the surrogate court for a grant of administration in order to distribute the estate to the beneficiaries in accordance with the Wills and Succession Act of Alberta.
Our office is experienced in assisting with the management and distribution of estates, and can provide assistance with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a will or estate.
Probate involves a few simple steps that you can fulfil with the help of one of our probate lawyers in Calgary.
Once the requirement of probate has been determined, we will prepare the required number of forms. The forms are prepared and served on the relevant parties.
Once the forms have been served, we will have to file the application for probate at the Court of Queen's Bench. The processing and granting of the probate might take up to several months.
Once the probate has been processed, you can fulfil your duties as the representative of the will.
The probate might not always be a straightforward process. A number of legal issues can come up in its processing including invalidity of the will. When such a thing happens, the process is delayed and the assets become inaccessible. The probate lawyers at Dukeshire Law Office will make your probate processing easier by assisting you from the first step to the last.
Estate administration and going through probate can be an extremely complex process. Without proper planning and assistance, it can be even more time-consuming than it usually is. Not to mention that as a personal representative, you can be held responsible if you fail in carrying out your duties in some way. In such a scenario, the help of a probate lawyer can be beneficial in more ways than one. At Dukeshire Law Office we regularly handle probate issues, which is why we'll be able to give you the right help. Not only will we simplify the legalities for you, but we'll help you through the entire process - from determining the forms that you need to file to your duties as a representative.
The experienced team at Dukeshire Law Office is fully-trained to handle all kinds of estate issues, including probate. Get in touch with us to get legal advice from our probate lawyers in NW Calgary.
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