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COVID-19 Update: A thank you message.

miscellaneous May 01, 2020
 

A video message from our founding lawyer, on behalf of Estate Connection.

Thank you for the steps that each of you are taking to keep our community safe. Whether you are a healthcare worker, an essential business, or a citizen practicing social distancing, you are all doing your part and we are all in this together.

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A Guide to Aging in Place

miscellaneous Mar 11, 2020
 

“Aging in place” does not have a concrete definition; it can mean different things to different people.

For some, to age in place is to modify one’s home so they can remain in a place of familiarity. For others, it can mean downsizing and purchasing a smaller home that already meets their needs. Or, it could mean finding a facility that has different levels of care. Whatever...

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Does Alberta have a will registry?

miscellaneous wills Feb 05, 2020

Currently, there is no mandatory will registry in Alberta. There are a couple of organizations trying to make a wills registry in our Province. Two that I know of are:

  1. Registry agents virtual vault - https://registryagents.com/alberta-virtual-vault
  2. Wills registry - https://www.noticeconnect.com/how-it-works/canadawillregistry/

There is a registry in British Columbia. If...

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Capital Gains and Your Estate

estate miscellaneous Sep 05, 2018

We have clients call our office all the time asking “I hear everyone talking about Capital Gains. What is it and what happens when I die?

A capital gain is the increase in value of your capital property. Capital property is an investment or other asset that produces income, or an asset that if sold would produce a profit for you. The federal government currently taxes Capital Gains...

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Ensuring Your Digital Legacy

miscellaneous Jul 11, 2018

When we start planning for what will happen to our property after we’re gone, the first things that come to mind are real estate holdings, cash assets, and treasured family heirlooms. Even though we’re deep into the digital age, we don’t normally think about what will happen to our digital estate, which may include:

  • Files stored on your computer
  • Email accounts
  • Social media...
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What can you expect when meeting with an estate lawyer for the first time?

There are tons of movies that depict lawyers as people you only call when you’re in big trouble. Of course, reality tends to be completely different. So, in case you’re meeting your estate lawyer for the first time, there are some situations you might expect.

Additionally, you should know you have no reason to be nervous or scared. Lawyers generally have...

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What happens to your points when you die?

estates miscellaneous Mar 14, 2018

Everywhere we shop we are encouraged to collect points. From gas stations like Esso and Petro-Canada; stores like Save-On Foods and Hudson’s Bay Company we have the opportunity to collect points with the individual store, Aeroplan or Airmiles. The points are free and many of us use them to buy little luxuries we might not otherwise enjoy. They are an intangible property that we never see...

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

miscellaneous wills Feb 07, 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...
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