Wills & Estates Law in Calgary

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Complete Wills & Estates Legal Services: From Planning to Administration

Most people tend to put off death and disability planning. It is often uncomfortable to think about, and the needs of everyday life tend to take up a lot of time. However, proper planning for such events ensures your wishes are carried out and will help to ease the burden that falls on family and friends in an already stressful time.

Our Wills & Estates Legal Services

We provide personalized legal services to help you plan for the future. Our team’s experience ensures that your wishes are clearly expressed and implemented.

We take the time to discuss all aspects of planning with you to guarantee that comprehensive and well-thought-out documents are prepared, addressing your specific circumstances and intentions.

Estate Planning Services (for Death & Incapacity)

The foundation of estate planning comes in the form of a will. Your will enables you to do several things:

  • Name the executor (personal representative) of your choosing to administer your estate when you pass away
  • Provide for appropriate guardianship and trusteeship for your children
  • Delegate exactly how your assets should be distributed and to whom
  • Dictate how you would like your remains to be dealt with and how you want your funeral to be conducted
  • Provide authority to persons to deal with your online and social media accounts if you desire
  • Provide instructions for care of your pets

Without a will, the administration of your estate will be handled in accordance with legislation procedures and general orders of priority for the distribution of your assets, the appointment of your personal representative, and the guardianship of your children. For this reason, preparing a will ensures you make these important decisions and appointments to provide for your loved ones in the manner you wish.

While a will allows you to plan for death, the Enduring Power of Attorney and Personal Directive are documents that allow a person to set out their wishes and instructions in the event of mental or physical incapacity.

Often overlooked, these documents can be vitally important in ensuring your assets are properly managed and that you are properly cared for during any period of incapacity.

Your Enduring Power of Attorney allows you to:

  • Appoint an attorney of your choosing to manage your legal and financial affairs on your behalf during any period of incapacity
  • Leave detailed instructions on how you wish for your assets to be managed
  • Place restrictions on the powers of your attorney

Your Personal Directive allows you to:

  • Appoint an agent of your choosing to coordinate your medical and social decisions
  • Express your instructions and wishes for social involvement, recreation, living accommodations, and medical treatment in various circumstances
  • Provide appropriate guardianship and trusteeship for your children during any period of incapacity
  • Ease the burden your loved ones face with having to make difficult medical decisions on your behalf

Estate administration can be a daunting and stressful process for many people appointed as a personal representative, and it is not hard to see why.

While a will may properly appoint a personal representative, many aspects of estate administration require a Grant of Probate or Grant of Administration before the personal representative is permitted to deal with certain assets, such as real property and bank accounts. Further, personal representatives take on significant responsibility and potential liability, which must be handled with care and experience.

Our goal is to help personal representatives diligently and efficiently administer the estate of the deceased person while minimizing stress, conflict, and liability.

Our estate administration services are focused on simplifying the role of the Personal Representative and include:

  • Assistance in reviewing and interpreting the will
  • Preparing and submitting Applications for Grants of Probate or Grants of Administration
  • Advising personal representatives on their duties and how best to carry them out, including providing information on the process and the steps to be completed
  • Advising on liability and how to best to minimize any liability on the personal representative

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Our Locations

Main Office

Come visit our main office during the following hours, or make an appointment to see us at our Central or South Calgary locations.

  • #20, 1915 32nd Avenue NE
  • Calgary, AB T2E 7C8

Central Office

By Appointment Only

  • #135, 808 42 Ave S.E.
  • Calgary, AB T2G 1Y9

South Office

By Appointment Only

  • #300, 340 Midpark Way SE
  • Calgary, AB T2X 1P1

Our Testimonials

Reference Materials

Property Rights Statutes Amendment Act, 2022 – an Update to Adverse Possession Law in Alberta

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The Alberta Property Rights Statutes Amendment Act, 2022 (the “Act”), came into force on December 15, 2022. The Act amends three existing Alberta statutes: the Land Titles Act, the Law of Property Act and the Limitations Act, with the effect of updating the law regarding adverse possession in order to protect registered private landowners’ property […]

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February 22, 2023
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How to Split Assets in a Divorce

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Many people going through a divorce may experience a whirlwind of emotions and feelings. But divorce can also bring a lot of anxiety and confusion, mainly around who gets what.  Splitting assets in a divorce can be a complex process. For this reason, seeking the guidance of a legal professional can help ensure that your […]

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February 13, 2023
Khalil Haji

When Does the Dower Act Apply in Real Estate Transaction?

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The Dower Act has been in place in Alberta for over a century and was originally designed to protect the rights of a wife who was unable to own property. If the husband decided to sell the property, the wife could not be evicted. This legislation was created in response to the possibility of a […]

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January 31, 2023
Khalil Haji

The Alberta Property Rights Statutes Amendment Act, 2022 (the “Act”), came into force on December 15, 2022. The Act amends three existing Alberta statutes: the Land Titles Act, the Law of Property Act and the Limitations Act, with the effect of updating the law regarding adverse possession in order to protect registered private landowners’ property […]

Read More…

A wooden miniature of a husband and wife with a child divides a house and other properties in a divorce process.

Many people going through a divorce may experience a whirlwind of emotions and feelings. But divorce can also bring a lot of anxiety and confusion, mainly around who gets what.  Splitting assets in a divorce can be a complex process. For this reason, seeking the guidance of a legal professional can help ensure that your […]

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A miniature house and a gavel. The Dower Act is a piece of legislation that provides certain protections to spouses in real estate transactions in Canada

The Dower Act has been in place in Alberta for over a century and was originally designed to protect the rights of a wife who was unable to own property. If the husband decided to sell the property, the wife could not be evicted. This legislation was created in response to the possibility of a […]

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