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The new court process for probate in Ontario

Effective October 6th 2020, a new process for applying for a Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee (also known as probate) was released to the public. The link to this notice is here: [...]

The history of a “wake”

There are customs in our lives that we do not give much thought to where it originated from as they are second nature to us. No, I am not talking about a family traditions, secret recipes, or [...]

More about our Lawyer Partnerships

While most of our business is provided directly to the Consumer, we are also a great resource for Lawyers who are looking for a cost-effective approach to Estate Administration. Unfamiliar with [...]

Please wait… long does it take to administer an estate?

This is a question we receive on a daily basis both from Executors and Beneficiaries. Executors are often surprised by how long their newly accepted “job” will be. Beneficiaries are equally [...]

Need a Will? Come on down! Choose your best option.

There is no time like a pandemic to get you thinking about your own mortality. As humans, we cannot help it, this is something that we prefer to ignore. Maybe we think that if we start planning [...]

Need a Will? Now there’s a way…..

In these challenging times of COVID-19, it has brought a new issue to light…. What if you need a Will? How can you execute one if it is required to be signed in the presence of two [...]

Estate Wellness Check-Ups

To probate…… or not to probate? This is the real question

What exactly is probate? If you live in Ontario the term probate has been changed to “Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee” (I believe the government thought that this new [...]

Now hiring……Position: Executor

When preparing an estate plan there are many aspects to consider: Updating your will, updating your power of attorney for both personal care and property, tax planning, financial planning, legacy [...]

Too young to think about estate planning

So here it is…..I am going to admit to my age. I am 36 years old, some would say this is a young pup. If you were to ask my daughters they would say that I am “old” I guess age [...]

What if I don’t want to be an Executor??

There are many ways and processes to apply for a job. In general, when applying for a job we have some previous experience or formal education for the position we are applying for. If you are [...]

What is the difference between a Power of Attorney (property) and an Executor?

This is a topic that comes up a lot, I will be at an event and the topic of what I do comes up and the next words I hear are….”oh, yeah I am my (insert family member relationship) [...]

3 benefits of Estate Planning

For a long time I put off my estate plan and any type of conversation that had to do with planning my legacy.  If you had asked me, I would have preferred to go to the gym and awkwardly run [...]

Thinking about handwriting your will?

I have to admit, I did this once….I hand-wrote my own will the night before leaving on a big trip overseas.  I am pretty certain at the time (this was many years ago) that I had no [...]

I am an Executor….now what?!?!

When someone finds out that they have been named as an executor for a loved one’s estate, the first thing you may feel is very honored to be have been trusted to handle such an important [...]