Estate Planning Is A Vital Responsibility
Our lawyers can assist you with drafting a personal estate plan, including:
- Planning or reviewing your will
- Establishing trusts for your family, for charities, and non-profit organizations
- Planning for incompetence, through power of attorneys (for finances) and representation agreements (for health and personal care)
- Engaging in estate litigation through the courts or finding alternative resolutions
- Trustee disputes
- Structuring and implementing trusts
- Administering to the estate of a deceased loved one
- Other services involved in estate administration, litigation, and planning
When making the key decisions that protect your family and loved ones, the will and estate lawyers at Stevenson Luchies & Legh are ready to help you form your estate plan.
Probate and Estate Litigation
Whether you are appointed as executor under a Will and need assistance with the Probate and handling of the estate, or are a beneficiary needing advice about your share of an estate, we are able to provide you with advice and options concerning estate matters.
At Stevenson Luchies & Legh, we can help you with:
- For executors in a Will, we will obtain probate and help you to administer and wind-up of the estate, including obtaining a discharge on completion
- For persons who die without a Will, we will obtain a grant of administration, and assist you in determining the beneficiaries, dealing with banks, debtors, and others, and obtaining a discharge on completion
- If you are a beneficiary and did not receive what you expected, we provide advice and services related to the variation of Wills of your spouse or parents
- We will assist with interpreting the clauses of Wills
Frequently Asked Will and Estate Litigation Questions
Why should I prepare a will?
A will is a legally binding document that identifies who should inherit your assets and estate after the event of your death. It ensures that your valuables are left with the ones you love the most. It also appoints a person to deal with your administration issues, such as your final taxes. It can appoint a guardian for your minor children.
What could happen if I do not make a will?
A chaotic situation could be left for your family, friends or business partners if there is no clear or valid will to explain your wishes and appoint your representative. Your assets may not end up where you assume or intend. Creating a will offers peace of mind knowing that your loved ones will be cared for, and that your intentions will be known.
Do I need a lawyer to create a valid will?
No. While it is not necessary to have a lawyer when preparing a will, it will ensure your final wishes are known and honoured. Complex issues can occur in these circumstances, especially when dealing with minor children, persons with disabilities, when dividing a large estate, or when setting up a non-standard trust. With the assistance of a lawyer, estate planning can be much less complicated.
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