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Applying for a Grant

estates probate Apr 08, 2020

Many assume that if they make a Will all their worries are over. While that may be true for some, if your Will wasn’t properly prepared, your family may face expensive and lengthy litigation. Upon your death, your executor has a long list of things they must do to start safeguarding your estate. These include informing family and friends, locating the Will, preparing the funeral,...

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Who represents the estate when there is no will?

estates executor probate Mar 04, 2020

If there is no will, certain people are entitled to apply for a Grant of Administration. This is the type of Grant that is used when there is no will.  The application should be made by the person who has the highest priority and is willing and able. People with preference can renounce, and people at the same level of priority can apply. If no one at the level wants to use, people at...

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Resealing Foreign Grants: How can we help?

estates probate Feb 26, 2020

We regularly act for lawyers and clients throughout the world. We have completed Canadian Probate applications from Thailand, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Texas, Hawaii, New York, North Dakota, and recently handled an estate in Scotland that had a resealing issue.

Our office can be appointed to act as the executors' agent and to call in the assets of the estate and wire the proceeds...

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Does every Will have to be probated?

probate Dec 12, 2018

No, not every Will has to be probated. For instance, assets that are held jointly with a right of survivorship would pass outside the Will. As another example, a home held jointly between a husband and wife would pass to the survivor of them upon the death of one of them. Probate is not needed to transfer title to the home and for this reason, probate does not typically occur on the death of a...

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The Probate Process and Beneficiaries

estates probate May 02, 2018

Families, Estates, and What You Leave Behind

The hardship on individuals and families can be substantial upon the death of a loved one. When there are no known beneficiary designations of property and assets for passing onto beneficiaries or heirs, it can become difficult and emotionally taxing for successors to speculate at the deceased’s final wishes.

For this reason, when a person dies...

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How long does probate take in Alberta?

estates probate Apr 04, 2018

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 the 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...

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Can I sell estate property before getting probate?

estates probate real estate Mar 21, 2018

It can take weeks to receive a Grant of Probate from the Alberta courts, and Executors are usually under pressure from beneficiaries to wrap up the estate quickly.  As a result, we often meet Executors who are in a hurry to sell the house or other property in the estate. This is particularly true if the real estate market is in the seller’s favour.

Executors and beneficiaries...

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