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What can happen if your spouse doesn't have a will?

wills Apr 19, 2018

We recently had a client who called our office looking for help.

Her husband had passed away three months before and did not have a will. They owned some collector vehicles that had considerable value and when she went to transfer the insurance into her name, the Insurance Company refused to do so because she was not the registered owner of the vehicle.

When she contacted the local Registry Agent, she was told that they would complete the transfer only with a Death Certificate and a copy of...

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What happens to the children if a common law couple dies and grandparents are in different provinces?

miscellaneous wills Mar 08, 2018

It depends if the person died without making a will that has Guardianship provisions in it. With a will the Guardian listed can act. Without a will, the family members would need to apply to court and have a Justice look at the situation and choose who would be the Guardian.

In Alberta a person can become a guardian of a child by any of the following three ways:

  • A parent will automatically become a guardian by operation of law provided that they knew about the pregnancy or birth of the...
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Our new office!

miscellaneous Mar 08, 2018
 

For a lot of people in St Albert or Edmonton, Law offices have a formal environment that can feel intimidating. So here at Estate Connection, we have been hard at work over the last six weeks creating a space that shows our clients that while we are a professional Law Firm, we like to give hugs with our handshakes!

Our Waiting Room

Probably our favourite part of the new office. We wanted clients to have a space where they could watch TV and have a coffee or water while waiting for their...

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Choosing your kids as Executors and why it can be a mistake

estate planning Mar 01, 2018

We all hope that when we are gone, our family members will work together to settle our estate.  Unfortunately, our office sees many estates where the testator created a Will filled with some common problems.

One of the most common problems we see is where a testator appoints all their children as their Executors.  This is a mistake.

If your family members do not get along, they are not going to suddenly be able to get along and work together after your...

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Trust companies that handle your Estate are no longer just for the rich

The demand for professional Trust and Estate administration is an area that is experiencing significant growth. This growth is caused by a number of factors including our aging population, our modern family structures, and the vast distances that spread family members apart.

Estate professionals are being asked to step in and help families resolve emotionally charged family disputes.

There are several Trust companies that provide Estate services to clients in the Edmonton area. While most...

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Separation is different from divorce

miscellaneous wills Feb 15, 2018

When couples split up, the last thing they’re thinking is, “What happens if I die?” Breakups are emotionally difficult times, with many hard decisions. But the ramifications of a split are magnified when the parties do not go through with a divorce.

Many people think the mere act of “separating” will result in cancelling their partners in their Wills, estate plans, powers of attorney and beneficiary designations. This is not 100 per cent correct.

Separation =...

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Protecting a different type of property

estate planning wills Feb 08, 2018

Estate Planning is about protecting what matters the most. Over the course of my 18 years practicing law I have come across a wide variety of property that needs to be included in our clients’ Will.

Recently we had to deal with a unique type of “property”… the cryogenically frozen embryos and sperm of our clients. With cryogenic freezing, it is possible for children to be conceived well after a parent has died. However, when such a child is born, many probate and...

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Joint Tenants VS Tenants In Common – What’s the difference?

estate planning wills Jan 19, 2018

Have you made sure that your spouse is the beneficiary on all your investments and life insurance policies? What about your house, car and RV trailers?

Several times a year, our office is hired to Probate a Will because a spouse has passed away and it wasn’t until after the death that the surviving spouse realized everything was not jointly owned. This can be a heartbreaking situation, especially when the couple has been together for many decades and no one thought to check the...

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How long does probate take in Alberta?

One of the most common questions we are asked is “How long does Probate take?”

To “Probate a will” means to have the court declare that the document was the deceased’s last will and that the Executor has authority to act on closing the estate.

An Application For Probate involves outlining the deceased’s assets and debts so that Banks and Alberta Land Titles can transfer those assets to the appropriate beneficiaries.  The law legislates that you must...

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How do I make sure my daughter’s husband does not receive any of my Estate after I die?

estate planning wills Dec 29, 2017

This sounds harsh but to be honest, we have clients ask us this all the time.

If your daughter inherits money and subsequently divorces her spouse, these funds are generally exempt from a matrimonial property division.

The problem occurs if your daughter inherits money and then uses these funds to pay-off the couple’s mortgage or to buy nice jewelry.  These items could become part of an expensive court application where the source of the funds is traced back to the inheritance....

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