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Why might a will be challenged during estate administration?

At the best of times, being executor for an estate can be time-consuming and emotional. All administrators hope for a smooth and expeditious execution of their duties. Unfortunately, there are times when surprises during estate administration can throw a wrench into the works. One such wrench is a challenge to the will, which can happen for one of a few reasons in British Columbia.

Having no will leaves estate administration to the courts

Wills are the most common way for a person to decree how his or her estate will be handled after they have passed away. They can be set up to provide welcome gifts to grieving loved ones, or to make provisions for vulnerable heirs. However, they can only be effective if they are written, and many people in British Columbia either have no will, or have not kept theirs up-to-date. In some cases, this may mean estate administration becomes very complicated, or even left entirely to the courts.

Making funeral arrangements is a part of estate administration

The executor of an estate has numerous duties, though many people may assume it is just a matter of probating the will and distributing the assets. While those are the two main tasks of estate administration in British Columbia, there are numerous sub-tasks and related duties, as well. For example, the executor may need to make many decisions concerning the funeral for the deceased.

Check a will carefully before going through probate

There are many responsibilities thrust upon an estate administrator in British Columbia. Chief among them is putting the will through probate. This is an important process, and requires completion before the estate can be administrated. However, it may be that not all the listed assets will need probating. Here are a few things to look for before getting started.

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