Estate & Probate Lawyer Services

Probate Lawyer in Edmonton

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There are many variables to consider when you’re responsible for an estate - probate, creditors, courts, and more. It can be overwhelming. Not to mention this responsibility comes at an already difficult time. No one should have to take this task on alone. That’s why we’re here to help.

Our team will walk you through the process, helping you take the right steps, and ensuring the estate is settled quickly and fairly.

Simplify executorship with the help of a probate lawyer.

Our services will help you address the most difficult tasks you’ll face as an executor. As a result, your job will be much easier and less time-consuming.

Complete probate application & legal support.

Value the estate
Settle debts
Divide assets
Establish trust
Legally binding
Dispute prevention
Probate strategies
Tax strategies
Dispute support

Why hire a lawyer to assist with probate?

As an executor, you have a lot on your plate - the grief of losing someone close to you and the responsibilities that come with settling their estate. During this difficult time in your life, we are here to offer a helping hand.

Lengthy Process

Settling an estate takes time. We will ensure the process is completed as quickly as possible and be at your side every step of the way.

Estate Complexity

An estate that includes assets like real estate and businesses can be complicated. We will help you make sense of it all.

Beneficiary Complexity

Do you come from a blended family? As executor, this can complicate your job. We will reduce your burden and assist with any disputes.

Multiple Jurisdictions

It can be daunting to settle an estate that is spread across multiple regions. We will guide you through the process to guarantee a legally binding resolution.

Working with an experienced estate lawyer will get your probate approved quicker*.

*Most self-applicants have their probate application rejected at least 1x. 

Compassionate Guidance for Executors

Our goal is to provide you with the best possible experience through four pillars of excellence.

Probate Expertise

Our extensive Estate & Probate experience means you can be confident that your loved one’s estate is in good hands.

Empathic Collaboration

We’ve been in your shoes - experienced loss and the pressure of being responsible for a loved one’s legacy. We’re here to lend a helpful hand.

Thorough Service

With the help of our probate services, no detail will be overlooked.

Fair and Forthright

Your loved one’s estate will be handled with integrity to ensure a fair settlement for all parties.

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 probate questions.

  • How can I avoid doubling my probate costs?

    Do you want to leave your entire estate to your spouse or common-law partner? In such cases, it’s smart to insert a common disaster clause in your will. Without it, here’s what could happen: If you or your spouse died, your assets would go through probate twice. Once for your will and once for your spouse’s will.

    To avoid that, wills with a common disaster clause usually specify that if you and your spouse die within a short time of each other (such as within 30 days), your estate would instead go to contingent beneficiaries – like your children – rather than to your spouse.

  • What could happen if your executor doesn’t go through probate?

    Without probate, your executor can hit a wall.

    Imagine if your executor contacts your bank, mutual fund company, or pension plan provider, or the land title office with a non-probated will in hand. Your executor then asks them to hand over your money or register a transfer of property title.

    Those institutions will want proof that:

    you’ve died,the will is valid and is the final version,your executor is the person named in your will, andthey won’t be sued if anyone contests the will.

    Consider this: Why would a bank risk a lawsuit for handing out your money to the wrong person? They’re not likely to take a risk by assuming your non-probated will is valid. Instead, the bank may refuse to release your money until it gets the legal protection. And, they can only get this legal protection from approval of your will by the provincial probate court. That’s the big upside to probate.

  • Why does an executor have to apply for probate?

    Each province has its own rules. But generally speaking, your executor must apply to your province’s probate court for approval of your will if you:

    died in debthad bank accounts, registered investments  or life insurance policies without a named beneficiary and if the financial institution is not prepared to pay out the funds without probate; orif you owned real property that isn’t being directly passed to your spouse or common-law partner through joint ownership.

    (*Please note: If the estate is essentially bankrupt, then the executor usually doesn’t apply for probate. Why? Because there’s no money to cover the cost.)

  • Who does what in the process of probate?

    Let’s assume we’re talking about your own will.

    You don’t have to do anything, because probate is a process that affects your will after your death.Your executor. Remember, this is the person responsible for carrying out the terms of your will, making sure your debts are paid, etc. After your death, your executor must secure the assets of your estate. They’ll then determine whether your estate needs to go through probate. Even if it’s not a legal requirement, your executor may apply for probate to ensure that they can rely on your will as being the final version of your written instructions.

  • What if you don’t have a will or your executor can’t do the job?

    Then the courts have to appoint an administrator – and the costs will be similar to probate.

    But it really helps if you have a will.

  • What’s an executor?

    An executor is someone who can carry out the terms of your will and look after your assets after your death. If you’re writing a will, you’ll have to name an executor. It could be a family member, a lawyer or someone you trust. If you die without a will, the court may appoint an administrator for your estate.

    Please note that “assets” refer to anything you own that has financial value. This could be a home, a car, a savings account or an investment. These assets are what make up your estate.

  • What is subject to Probate?

    Most assets including property, vehicles, stocks, bonds, bank accounts, share ownership. Exceptions include certain assets to a named beneficiary such as RRSPs, RRIFs, TFSAs and insurance. Also excluded are assets given or created during the decedent’s life, such as gifts, and assets in “Inter Vivos Trusts”

  • What is Probate?

    A judicial process to transfer a decedent’s estate to its beneficiaries, validate the will, and empower the executor to administer the estate.

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

Free probate resources. 

Executor Duties

The executor of an estate is responsible for carrying out the instructions in a will.…
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