Estate & Probate Lawyer Services

Edmonton Real Estate Lawyer

Protecting your interests in all real estate transactions.

Real estate law is complex. Whether you're buying or selling an Edmonton property, you'll need a professional real estate lawyer by your side. With 1,000s of closed deals, we know how to close a deal on time, and without added complication.

Real Estate legal services provided by an experienced Edmonton lawyer.

Working with a real estate lawyer offers peace of mind and confidence when it comes to such a large investment. A real estate lawyer will protect your interests, offer guidance and support, and ensure all legal aspects of the deal are carried out in accordance with local regulations.

Complete legal services for your real estate deal. 

Legal guidance
Expert advice
Favourable contracts
Legally binding deeds
Negotiation expertise
Document interpretation
Clear title
Dispute support

Why work with Christopher Taskey Real Estate Legal Services?

As trusted experts in real estate law, we will represent your interests and ensure a positive experience and successful transaction.

Fewer Complications

Our team will work directly with your realtor to provide a transparent and stress-free transaction.

Timely Transactions

With experience on your side, your deal will be closed as quickly as possible.

Legally Guidance

Allow us to walk you through all the legal aspects of the buying and selling process.

Competitive Legal Fees

Our competitive legal fees won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

Complex or simple real estate transactions deserve the care of an expert lawyer. 

Contact us and see how we can make sure your real estate deal closes stress-free.

Real Esate Services we provide 

Buying or selling - our goal is to offer a simple and stress-free experience.

1. First-time home buying

Expert advice and a simplified process to help you close  your first home.

2. Purchasing & Selling Real Estate

Personalized legal support for buying and selling houses, condominiums, townhomes, etc.

3. Re-financing

Legal guidance and document preparation for successful re-financing.

4. Mortgage renewals

Transferring a mortgage or moving to a new loan provider may require additional documents. 

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 real estate 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.

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