Wills & Power of Attorney

Whether you are drafting your will for the first time, making changes as your circumstances change or taking precautions in the event of diminished capacity, we have the knowledge and experience to simplify the process.

Save Your Loved Ones More Heartache – Plan Ahead To Protect Your Future and Your Family.

Whether your drafting your will for the first time, making changes as your circumstances change or taking precautions in the event of diminished capacity, we have the knowledge and experience to simplify the process and ensure your legacy wishes are carried out. Our wills and estate practice covers all areas of estate planning, including wills, Powers of Attorney and Representation Agreements. We take the time to carefully consider your financial and life affairs and ask questions to find out more about you so that we can ensure appropriate arrangements are made for the transfer of your assets and protection of your family, including children.

It is important to keep your will current; we recommend everyone review their will every five years, or when circumstances change, such as in the event of a birth of a child, deaths in the family, divorce or separation, or any change in your financial circumstances.  In addition to a will, we recommend all our client’s execute a Power of Attorney / Representation Agreement to cover situations where you become physically or mentally incapacitated.

We get it, the cost of a will may seem excessive when you have real life bills to pay.  But not the consequences of not having a legally valid will can be immeasurable.  A will is one of your most important financial planning documents, allowing you to make informed decisions about the control and transfer of the assets it took you a lifetime to build.  Get it wrong and your beneficiaries may not inherit anything or be stuck for years in probate process.  Do not risk it with a DIY will, which may cause your loved ones unnecessary heartache when you can’t do anything about it.  

Estate planning is more than ensuring that you have an up-to-date and valid will. Rather, it is about ensuring the smooth transition of wealth from one generation to the next in the most tax-effective manner and with appropriate asset protection,  so your assets are protected from disputes, bankruptcy and relationship breakdown.

We provide following services at a flat fee:

  • Wills
    • Individual Wills: $350.00 + disbursements
    • Two Wills (Spouses): $650.00 + disbursements
  • Power of Attorney: $300.00 + disbursements
  • Representation Agreement: $850.00 + disbursements

All prices are subject to applicable taxes.

Key considerations for estate planning

  1. Choose an appropriate executor of your estate.
  2. Draft your will to effectively transfer your assets to your chosen beneficiaries in a tax effective manner.
  3. Understand the nature and make up of your estate.
  4. Appoint appropriate attorneys to act for you in making important lifestyle and financial decisions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Need a Will?

A will is the only way to ensure that your legacy is distributed the way you intended – every adult who owns assets, has a spouse or children, should have properly executed and drafted will. A will should be updated circumstances change as personal events such as marriage or divorce may affect your will and could render your will invalid.

If you die without a Will in BC, the Wills, Estate and Succession Act sets out who will benefit from your estate.  Under this Act, spouses and children rank first, followed by grandchildren then parents, then brothers and sisters.

What’s a Power of Attorney / Personal Directive?

A Power of Attorney is a document in which you can appoint someone to take care of your financial affairs.  A Power of Attorney ceases in the case of mental incapacity on the part of the donor, whereas an enduring Power of Attorney survives any mental infirmity on your part.

A Personal Directive gives the power to make decisions about your health and well being, should you lose mental capacity to make these decisions for yourself.  If you lose capacity without a personal directive someone would need to make an application to court for guardianship in order to make these decisions for you.

Is My Will Valid / Can It Be Challenged?

For a will to be legally valid, you must be over the age of 18, it must be in writingsigned by you and witnessed by two witnesses and you must have had “testamentary capacity” – which means you understood the willwere aware of the effect of the will, knew the extent of your assets and who was benefiting from your will.

Having a will drafted by a lawyer is the best protection to preventing your will from being challenged. If someone is going to challenge your will, they may argue that it was incorrectly executed, that the will was tampered with, that the maker lacked testamentary capacity, or that the meaning of the will was unclear.

What our clients say

Nassim is an AMAZING lawyer. She knows the law, she explains everything to you and answers every question you have in detail, and will guide you in the right direction. She will never tell you what to do, but will tell you that “it’s your choice”, while giving you reasonable advice. I had a very difficult, stressful family law case, where I went through a couple of different lawyers. My last lawyer was Nassim, and her and I discussed a plan from day one, which lead our path. She had a sense of humour which made this stressful process much easier.

Nassim’s Client

Laura quickly came up to speed on my file and was able to gather precisely what had gone wrong with our previous lawyer and how to correct the situation. She was realistic, honest and upfront – qualities hard to find in legal representation. She represented facts, but also, for the first time in our year and a half ordeal, our lived experience was represented. Laura made us feel cared for and truly represented in court.

Laura’s Client

Nassim was an excellent Lawyer. She helped us settle and control the hustle environment we were into with ease. The result was greater than we ever had expected to happen in such short time. She is very knowledgeable and informative. Nassim was an absolute pleasure to work with. I would recommend her to anyone looking to for a family lawyer to get the job done.

Nassim’s Client

These last couple of months have been very stressful for me. Laura Allan has been very reassuring and patient. I found myself in the middle of a high conflict custody battle and I felt protected and taken care of the entire process. The emotional support and dedication to my case has been incredible.

Laura’s Client

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