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How do you properly provide for disabled children?

estate planning Sep 30, 2020

If you have a disabled child, you may be concerned about whether you should be taking extra steps when writing your will and during your estate planning. In this post, our experienced wills and estates lawyers explain what you should do to ensure your disabled child is appropriately provided for and cared for when you are gone.  

 

Firstly, if you have a disabled child, your...

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Top Three Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring a Wills and Estates Lawyer

miscellaneous Sep 28, 2020
 
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What can you do now to help your family if you die?

Uncategorized Sep 02, 2020

There are six things every responsible adult should do to prepare for their death

  1. Write a will. Appoint someone to handle your funeral arrangements in your will. In most cases, this is the executor.
  2. Put your original documents in a safe place where they can be found.
  3. Help your family find a way through “grief brain”. When you die, there is a gaping hole. Your family will miss you...
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Can you be buried without a coffin?

Uncategorized Aug 26, 2020

On February 14, 2020, Lethbridge, Alberta passed a bylaw that allows for green burials in public cemeteries. Calgary is expected to follow Lethbridge's lead soon. This is an environmentally friendly and less expensive alternative to cremation or burial in a coffin. In Lethbridge, a person can now be wrapped in a shroud and placed in the ground. The concept allows the body to be placed in the...

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Grave Disputes

Uncategorized Aug 19, 2020

What is a reasonable cost for a funeral?

Our office recently received an email from a client who was a co-executor for her mother’s estate. Our client was upset because her mother had an estate valued at under $25K, and the other co-executor was planning an elaborate funeral. Our client was concerned that, given the small estate, there may not be any funds left to pay the deceased’s...

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My Mother Died – Can I Hold a Zoom Funeral?

Uncategorized Aug 12, 2020

Having sat through hundreds of hours of Zoom meetings, I never thought the program would be used to hold virtual memorial gatherings, but that is what has arisen because of Covid-19.

The Zoom Funeral is separate and apart from the traditional funeral, with the Funeral Home handling the in-person service and burial.  The online memorial is customized to the deceased’s family and...

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Can you “set and forget” your will?

Uncategorized Aug 06, 2020

Your will is one of the most important documents that you’ll create in your life. However, many believe that your will is something that you can “set and forget.” In this article, we look at whether this is really possible, and why it’s important to keep reviewing your will!

 Set and Forget

It’s amazing how life changes - your kids will grow-up, your...

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Can I show my personality in my Will?

wills Jul 29, 2020

Over the course of the last decade, I have helped my clients write a wide variety of wills. Some of them are touching and include letters to family members letting them know how much they loved them. Other wills have included spiteful wishes.  One will had a husband leave money to the person who had mowed his wife’s grass while he was out of town.  Another gentleman who loved...

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What does an executor do?

executor Jul 22, 2020

An Executor is the person appointed by the testator (the person that created a will) to carry out the provisions in the will and see to the settling of the estate. Asking someone to be your Executor is not an easy task. This person will become responsible for nearly 150 duties after your death, including:

  • Checking for insurance on the deceased’s life and property
  • Securing the list of the...
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How do I incorporate an RESP account in my estate plan?

estate planning Jul 15, 2020

RESP’s have become a cornerstone in most people's plan for saving for their children or grandchildren’s education. More and more estates are having disagreements arise over larger sums in RESP’s because many subscribers ( also known as the person who created and contributes) to RESP’s are not taking the time to appoint a person to take over this role if they should pass...

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