When you step into our offices, you won't find any stiff leather chairs or dim light fixtures. And you won’t find a snooty receptionist, either.
Instead, you’ll be greeted with bright colors, modern furniture, and a warm office staff that welcomes you like family.
We understand that estate law can be confusing, stressful, and even intimidating. And that’s why we’ve designed the entire process to be as stress-free as possible.
Whether you’re working with us on-site in our gorgeous offices or remotely through a virtual call, we create a seamless process for our clients, helping you create a will that’s tailored to your unique needs and to your loved ones’ best interests.
Your will package includes:
Your Will clarifies how you wish to distribute your property and assets after you pass away, helping to avoid confusion among family members. It's what we like to call leaving behind a legacy of love.
Our lawyers will always take the time to understand your personal needs and wishes.
Your Personal Care Directive (also known as a living will, or PCD) ensures that your healthcare wishes can be carried out should you become infirm or incapacitated.
We can help you make informed estate planning decisions so your family members can execute your wishes in good conscience.
Your Power of Attorney is given to someone you trust to handle your affairs in your absence, whether you become infirm or you are simply going away for a short time.
Our St. Albert and Edmonton-based estate lawyers will walk you through the process and help you save money, time, and stress in the long run.
Your Trustworthy, Right-Hand Executor
The executor you name in your will should be someone you trust, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to appoint a family member. In fact, you may prefer to leave your family out of your legal affairs and find a professional to act as your executor. Whether you want a neutral or unbiased executor, you have no close relatives, or you simply prefer to work with a dependable team of lawyers, Estate Connection can fulfill a wide range of duties as executors of your will or as the helping right hand to your executor.
We can provide accounting services to manage assets, call in assets, and pay bills on behalf of the deceased. If you are someone’s chosen executor, our detail-minded lawyers can help you fulfil your responsibilities, including property management for long-distance executors. Whatever you choose, we will support your decision with sound legal advice and personalized service.
Additionally, if you have been named as an executor yourself, we can help guide you throughout the process and ensure you properly fulfill all of your duties and obligations.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We are always happy to provide more information and explain anything you might not understand. Whether you are searching for the right executor or assistance in your duties, Estate Connection will be there to offer the strategic guidance you need.
Discover the difference the right Guardianship and Trusteeship Lawyers can make
If a person becomes mentally incapable of making decisions, that person’s family, or in some cases the Government of Alberta, will need to obtain a court order known as a guardianship order. The document allows an appointed guardian to make non-financial decisions on behalf of the dependent adult, and it typically takes between 12-24 weeks to receive approval from the court.
The represented adult, or the dependent adult, is the person whose non-financial interests are represented by a guardian. You must be a resident of Alberta who has reached at least 18 years of age before a guardianship order can be issued for your care. You must also lack the capacity to make decisions for yourself, whether it’s because you suffer from a mental disability, a brain injury, a chronic mental illness, or a similar condition.
As a guardian, you would have the legal authority and the responsibility to oversee non-financial, personal matters on behalf of the represented adult. You must consent to act as guardian and agree to represent the best interests of the dependent adult while acting with diligence and good faith. If you wish to represent a dependent child who has yet to turn 18, you can submit the application up to 12 months before the child turns 18.
While guardianship orders are meant for personal or health care matters, trusteeship orders can help infirm or incapacitated people manage their finances by appointing a trustee. A family member, friend, trust company, or lawyer can apply to become a trustee.
A trusteeship order allows someone else to make financial decisions on your behalf. This only happens when you are considered mentally incapable of deciding for yourself.
When you become a trustee, the court gives you the legal authority to make financial decisions for the represented adult. If no one is available to become a trustee, the Government of Alberta can provide a public trustee when it is in the adult’s best interest.
Estate Connection represents both dependent adults and trustees. Allow the best Guardianship Trustee lawyers in Edmonton to help you apply for these court orders and get the best possible chance for approval. Contact us today to learn more about how one of our guardianship trustee lawyers can help you understand guardianship orders, trusteeship orders, and the many other options available to help you protect your assets.
Tailored Estate Law Services for your needs
No matter how much estate planning you engage in, there will almost always be some level of estate administration which must be performed after your passing. Estate Connection can assist in numerous aspects of estate law services and help remove the burden from the shoulders of your loved ones.
When a person passes away and leaves a will, that person’s estate is considered to be a “testate estate.” The estates executor, or the personal representative named to administer the estate, is responsible for the deceased person’s assets. Certain types of assets can only be accessed with a grant of probate, or court order. If you have been named as someone’s estate executor, you may need to apply for a grant of probate with the Surrogate Court in Alberta before the bank, land titles, insurance companies, and others will release the property to you.
“Intestate” is the status of an estate left behind by someone who did not make a will. Before one can apply for a grant of administration, there must be a thorough search for the will. If the will cannot be found, the grant can allow the deceased person’s assets to be administered and distributed in accordance with Alberta law. The experienced estate lawyers at Estate Connection will help you through this process, every step of the way.
When a grant is obtained in one province, but a deceased person has more assets or property in another province or country, the grant must be confirmed by the local provincial or territorial court. This process is called resealing. If you are acting as an executor, be aware that this process is time-consuming and shouldn’t be attempted without appropriate legal assistance from our estate lawyers.
Litigation may be advisable when the validity of a will is called into question, when concerns arise about the distribution of assets under a will, or when probate is delayed unnecessarily. When the need for litigation comes up, our lawyers can clear up any confusion about the law and the surrogate rules of court.
Issues surrounding “testamentary capacity” may arise when creating, altering, or administering a will. This term refers to a person’s legal or mental ability to create or alter a will. The phrase “sound mind and memory” has often been used in connection with this concept.
Our Edmonton and area estate lawyers can help you apply for grants, resolve any issues surrounding an existing will, and prepare for litigation if the need should arise. Contact Estate Connection the next time you need learned legal counsel. We will help you make the most out of a difficult situation.
Our will and estate lawyers truly care about helping you plan your estate, and will guide you through the process step by step. We will explain the elements of a strong will, help you avoid the usual pitfalls, and address any questions or concerns you might have. A well-planned estate can help you and your family feel confident about the future.
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