Estate Administration & Probate

We are here to provide efficient, cost effective services to help trustees complete all necessary tasks in the estate administration process, so that the estate’s assets can be transferred to the beneficiaries as quickly as possible.

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  • Educate you on your duties as a trustee
  • Prepare and file the application for appointment of estate trustee
  • Identify and locate the estate’s assets and debts
  • Arrange for the sale of real estate or personal property
  • Obtain clearances from Canada Revenue Agency confirming that all the estate’s taxes have been paid
  • Keep accurate records of transactions for transmission to the estate’s beneficiaries
  • Assist in the passing of accounts and transfer of assets to the estate’s beneficiaries

ACTING AS A TRUSTEE OF AN ESTATE

Being named as a trustee of an estate (“executor”) is a significant responsibility.  Failure to properly perform these duties can result in delays, financial costs and possible litigation.

HOW LONG SHOULD ADMINISTRATION OF THE ESTATE TAKE?

The general rule is that an executor has approximately one year to administer an estate.  This rule is commonly referred to as “the executor’s year”, however, if the circumstances warrant, courts may not sanction an executor for failure to complete the administration within the year.  However, if the executor is motivated by self interest, lengthy administrations of simple estates may be sanctioned by the courts.

COMPENSATION FOR EXECUTORS

Being an executor is not an easy job, it requires skill and attention to detail. Depending on the size of the estate, you may be entitled to compensation from the estate for your efforts as the executor.  Executor compensation may be challenged, in which case it is supervised by the courts, known as “passing accounts”, which in effect is a form of review and approval of all the executor’s actions, not just compensation.

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