Estate & Probate Lawyer Services

Estate Planning Services in Edmonton

Preserve your wealth, protect your legacy.

Estate planning can be a difficult topic of conversation. But it’s never too early to prepare. Our estate planning services will assist you in successfully transferring your wealth to your loved ones - quickly, efficiently, and as stress-free as possible.

Don’t wait until it’s too late - book a free Estate Planning consultation today.

Don’t leave your loved ones without a plan.

Planning now means your loved ones won’t be left with the lengthy, expensive, and stressful task of settling your estate.

Estate Planning with a local lawyer has benefits:

Established Beneficiaries
Reduced taxes
Minimal probate fees
Quick settlement
Healthcare Directives
Assigned guardians
Asset Protection
Authorized Trusts

Why is estate planning important?

You’ve worked hard to build a legacy to leave behind. Estate planning will help you guarantee your estate is passed down in the way you intended.

Planned Inheritance

Your estate should be divided as you see fit. Working with an estate planning lawyer will allow you to clearly and legally establish your wishes.

Stress-Free Administration

Estate administration can be stressful. Estate planning will help your loved ones avoid unnecessary setbacks.

Minimize Taxes & Fees

You don’t want your estate consumed by taxes and probate fees. Estate planning will help your loved ones avoid excessive costs.

Swift Probate Settlement

Protect your loved ones from long settlement delays. Minimize the estate administration process time with the help of an estate planning lawyer.

The best advice we have: 

If you do not have a valid Will, give yourself a deadline to get it done 

Working together to protect your estate.

Estate planning should start early. Here’s how we can help.

1. Will Preparation

We will start by discussing your wishes and the vision you have for the distribution of your assets.

2. Probate Discussion

Your loved ones will benefit from our advice on strategies for reducing probate-related delays.

3. Structuring Accounts

We will discuss how to structure your accounts to reduce probate costs and taxes.

4. Powers of Attorney

Our team will prepare enduring powers of attorney and personal directives, to ensure your last wishes are upheld.

See what people say about our legal team.

  • "Chris has done one mortgage, two wills and is in the process of settling an estate for us. He is quick, thorough, informative and knowledgeable. It is comforting to know when something happens, I can “call my lawyer”. Appreciate the great service and expertise."
    Briana Miller
  • "One of the best law firms in town. Chris is very good to deal with, gets things done in a timely and cost efficient manner. Would highly recommend Mr. Taskey."
    Faruq Vishram
  • "Very helpful,  very informative, couldnt ask for a better person to have helped me out. Would recommend."
    Jeff S.
  • "Chris did my will, as well as helped set up my brothers business. I have also sent a few friends his way. He did a fantastic job at a fair price!"
    Spencer Bennett
  • "Chris has done my will, handled my real estate the past few years, my separation, and much of my corporate work.  I trust him so much I have sent many friends and family as well.  He is fair in his pricing and isn’t the lawyer who charges by the minute.  He’s the guy that gives lawyers a good name."
    Rae-ann Wood-Schatz
  • "Chris and his team are absolutely top notch. Always a great atmosphere when I closed my real estate deals with him. A++++"
    Justin Fraser

Most common estate planning questions.

  • Hiring estate planning professionals is expensive. Can I prepare my own will and figure out a plan all by myself?

    Yes, but this is not recommended. Many states allow residents to prepare their own wills, and some retail stores or websites offer will kits and software. However, a self-prepared will, without the assistance of estate planning professionals, can be easily attacked by discontented beneficiaries after your death, can leave loopholes for unintended beneficiaries, and in many situations, be considered invalid right from the start.

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  • What is estate planning? I am not wealthy, why do I need to have an estate plan?

    Estate planning is the process of anticipating and arranging for the management and disposal of your estate during your life, as well as at and after death, while minimizing gift, estate, generation skipping, and income tax. A will is part of the estate plan. Depending on the complexity of the situation, an estate planner might use other tools such as trusts, pass-through entities and/or life insurance to accomplish your estate planning goals.

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  • I was listed in the will as a beneficiary of certain assets. Why didn’t I inherit the assets?

    Estate properties can be passed by will, beneficiary designation, operation of law and state law. Under most circumstances, passing of property by beneficiary designation and operation of law is not influenced by the will. For example, life insurance proceeds pass outside the will to the named beneficiary, be it mentioned in the will or not, as do the death benefit proceeds from a retirement plan.

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  • How is my property transferred at death?

    Property is transferred at death in several ways:

    . Valid will – A legal document created to express how a person desires his or her property to be distributed at death. It also names one or more persons to manage the estate through its final distribution. 

    . Beneficiary designations – Examples include life insurance policies, death benefits of a retirement plan, prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, etc. 

    . Operation of law – A legal term indicating that a right or liability has been created for a party, irrespective of the intent of that party, because it is dictated by existing legal principles. For example, jointly owned property with right of survivorship. 

    . State law – This will typically come into play if no will is presented for probate for a deceased.

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  • What does the Estate process entail?

    An executor, established in the decedent’s will, determines the value of the estate, the names of beneficiaries, and assesses what is due to each beneficiary. Once submitted and approved by the Probate Court, the assets are distributed to beneficiaries.

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  • How long does the Estate process take?

    From three months to 18 months or more, depending on estate complexity

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Download free legal resources to help you through the executor process.

Free estate planning resources. 

Personal Directive Questionnaire

A personal directive is a legal document that outlines your end-of-life decisions. This includes what…
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Power Of Attorney Questionnaire

Power of Attorney is a legal document that gives someone else the power to make…
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Will Questionnaire

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Estate Information Form

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