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It is so important to execute a last will & testament in Ontario that without having one, province’s Succession Law Reform Act takes precedence & decides who will receive your estate. Law Wise professional team of Wills and Estate Lawyers is here to assist you through the entirety of your estate planning process.
Any ambiguous and unclear provisions in the will can lead to Will interpretation issues. Our Wills Lawyer shall have a thorough discussion with you and provide you with a draft to review and if everything meets your requirements. Our will and estate lawyers in Mississauga, Brampton and Toronto will meet you again to review and execute the Will. We ensure that your estate and your family are protected after you by assisting you in the preparation of Wills.
We conduct capacity assessment
We fix a meeting with you to establish the communication (assuming it is properly conducted) which allows us to ascertain:
- ∎ Your testamentary capacity.
- ∎ Your testamentary intentions.
- ∎ Whether any undue influence or duress is at play.
- ∎ Your personal and financial circumstances relevant to the exercise of drawing a will.
- ∎ Your understanding and approval of the contents of the will as drafted; and
- ∎ Compliance with signing and witnessing a will as per laid down standards.
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What can happen to your estate without a will?
- ∎ You will not be able to appoint a guardian for your minor children.
- ∎ Your separated spouse can inherit from your estate.
- ∎ Also, you will not be able to choose the person (trustee or executor) who can distribute your estate.
- ∎ You can’t leave instructions regarding your funeral arrangements and ensure that all
What is a Mutual will?
Where a couple, married or common law, wants to have wills together, it is expected that they have reached a common understanding as to how their respective estates will be handled, irrespective of which of them survives the other. This may be so even where either of the parties has children from a prior relationship..
The “mutual wills doctrine” provides that where two parties have made a contract that, having made wills together, neither of them will change his or her will after the death of the other, the survivor takes any property acquired under the will of the deceased on trust, to deal with it in the same manner as is set out in the will that the survivor made at the same time as the deceased made the deceased’s will.
What are the important considerations for a Will?
It is important to consider below issues in order to provide comprehensive instruction to your lawyer, so that your Last Will and Testament Ontario can be properly executed..
Clear & unambiguous provisions in the Will:
If the provisions of the will lead to suspicion as to the Testator’s (person making the will) intentions, any of the beneficiaries may challenge the will. The beneficiary can also challenge a will if they are dissatisfied with the Executor’s (person administering the estate) will interpretation.
In certain circumstances, the will’s executor may be personally liable for an incorrect interpretation of the obscure provisions. The will executor needs to be very cautious when administering wills, where will interpretation issues are prevalent. Consulting one of our experienced Wills Lawyer is advisable in such a scenario to avoid unnecessary and costly estate litigation.
If you are married:
Will planning became more complex as a result of change brought about by FLA in 1986. Absent a marriage contract waiving it, a surviving spouse now has the right to choose between accepting the entitlement under the will and claiming an “equalization payment” representing a sharing of the “marriage spoils.” Unless the will provides that the surviving spouse’s entitlement, if any, under the will is in addition to the equalization entitlement, the surviving spouse will be put to an election, having to choose either the former or the latter.
Having Children or dependents:
Part V of the SLRA is intended to ensure that certain persons who were financially dependent upon the deceased during the deceased’s lifetime, adequate provision having been made by the deceased for those persons. Our will Lawyers carefully craft a tailored solution for you.
A family member of the deceased person asks for a provision in their estate. The child, spouse or dependent of the deceased person can make a family provision application if they feel they have been inadequately excluded from the will and estate.
Choosing guardian of the minor children:
If there are minor children it is important to nominate a guardian for them. An executor may also be appointed as a guardian. The involvement of estate trustees protects the legal interest of those beneficiaries who do not have any guardians or attorneys. If mentally incapable beneficiaries or beneficiaries who don’t have any attorney are present, estate trustees can interact with the Office of the Public Guardian. Consult one of our Will lawyer in Mississauga, Brampton or Toronto today./span>
Assets requiring specific planning or management:
Estate planning should be done in a comprehensive manner where the will and related factors should be properly laid out in an organized way to avoid future disputes. Though deceased estate litigation cannot be avoided entirely, it can be minimized to a large extent if careful planning and organization are done in advance. Our experienced wills and estate lawyers can help you in this regard
Estate’s Trustee or executor:
A significant decision in the entire estate planning is to nominate a dependable Estate Trustee / Executor & an alternative Executor if the main executor dies, incapacitated or removed. Estate Trustees & Executors need to act in the best interest of the estate and its beneficiaries. They have a fiduciary duty to administer the estate as per the testator’s wishes. The executor also has personal liability for any improper conduct related to the management of the estates’ assets. Their responsibilities include collating all the testator’s assets, repaying all the debtors and distributing the balance estate as per the testator’s wishes. A record is also maintained for all their activities and shared with the beneficiaries. Application can be made requesting executor replacements if estate administration is experiencing undue delays or any other obstructions. Our Will lawyers carefully draft the roles & responsibilities of an Executor / trustee and tailor the limits of executor’s power case to case basis.
How to Vary / revoke or amend a Will?
It is equally important to understand that future events that may require a review of the will to see if it is still appropriate. Such events would include, for example, marriage, divorce, births, deaths, adoptions, and substantial changes in net worth. Our Will lawyers in Mississauga, Brampton and Toronto can help you in preparing variation, amendments and Codicils to the original wills & ensure that your last will supersedes the previous will if any.
Can a will be Challenged?
A will can be challenged if a beneficiary believes that the will does not reflect the deceased’s true intentions or someone else exercised duress, undue influence, or forgery. If you wish to contest or challenge the will’s validity, you can do it if you have an interest in the estate either under the will or in intestacy. LAW WISE can help you with Will Challenges.
Application for contesting a will is made to the court where the will is being deposited or probated. If the will has been probated, a motion in court is made to return the Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee. You need to challenge the will by moving in a direction. If the will is not probated, a Notice of Objection is filed with the registrar to prevent probation till the litigation is settled.
How to challenge a Will?
Application for contesting a will is made to the court where the will is being probated. If the will has been probated, a motion in court is made to return the Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee. If the will is not probated, a Notice of Objection is filed with the registrar to prevent probation till the litigation is settled.
Do you need a lawyer to make a will?
A will can be written by any adult of sound mind. A will must meet a few technical conditions. In addition to that a minimum of two witnesses must sign the will. The witnesses must be present when you sign the will, but they are not required to read it. Your witnesses must be people who will not inherit anything under the will. The will must be signed and dated. However, signing an affidavit (sworn declaration) in front of a notary public can significantly ease the court procedures required to prove the validity of your will after your death. Law Wise Will Lawyers in Mississauga provide you complete solution including affidavit of execution signed in front of our Notary.
How much will a lawyer costs?
It is always better to hire a lawyer (though not a legal requirement). A lawyer will carefully examine your legal problem and consider all of your choices for handling your need. Once you’ve engaged one of our Will and estate Lawyers, he will provide you with a fee estimate depending upon the assets, value of the estate, locations of assets, number of testators, executors and beneficiaries involved in your case. Your cost may vary from &300 to $500.
At Law Wise Professional Corporation, we understand your specific circumstances and provide tailored & personalized solutions & care to each client in matter of Wills and estate planning. We understand that your Will is a vital document through which you can exhibit desires to deal with your assets after your death. LAW WISE can help you with the preparation of your Last Will and Testament by addressing the matters that can provide peace of mind to you and your loved ones.
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