Estates Services and Estate Lawyers
We provide services to probate estates (where someone dies with a will) and administer estates (when someone dies without a will). In addition to estates for Calgary and Alberta residents, we also administer estates for persons who resided outside of Alberta, but had property located in Alberta.
We assist people who wish to order their affairs with the preparation of their wills. Wills are required to select a person who will be entitled to administer the estate, and to provide for the transfer of assets on death to the individuals that are cared about. Wills can also be used for other purposes, such as to appoint Guardians for dependent children, and to establish trusts to allow for administration of assets going to these dependent children, and going to others who are not capable of managing their own legal affairs.
Enduring Powers of Attorney
We assist clients in the preparation of Enduring Powers of Attorney, which are used to give another person the legal ability to manage that person’s assets if the person becomes unable to do so by reason of mental disability. This is particularly important between spouses, as a spouse has no legal ability to manage the other spouses’ assets without this document. Without this document, a Court Application for the Court appointment of a Trustee would be necessary if a person becomes incapable.
We help individuals prepare a personal directive, which gives another person the legal ability to make all of the non-financial decisions that need to be made if that individual becomes mentally incapable. The person appointed has a legal responsibility to ensure the decisions and actions that are carried out are what the person making the document would wish to happen. These decisions involve issues like residence, medical care and life support. Without this document, an Application to the Court for the appointment of a Guardian would be necessary if a person becomes incapable.