Estate administration can be complicated by disappointed heirs

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Simply put, a will makes clear how a person wishes his or her estate to be distributed after he or she passes away. In a perfect world, the executor of the estate will see to it that the instructions are followed properly, the estate is settled, and life goes on. Unfortunately, things do not always go perfectly during estate administration, … Read More

Searching for heirs is an important part of estate administration

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The duties of an executor or administrator of an estate are many and varied. The court takes estate administration seriously and assumes that the executor will perform his or her duties with care and diligence. One of the more complicated roles of the executor may be locating heirs. Courts in British Columbia and across Canada expect the person charged with … Read More

Estate administration: dealing with assets without a will

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Though writing a will is not necessarily a difficult task, many people choose to put it off for one reason or another. Unfortunately, some put it off too long and pass away without leaving behind their final instructions. When that happens in British Columbia, the person is said to have died intestate. Will or no will, however, the process of … Read More

The executor’s tax responsibilities during estate administration

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At no time during the life of a man or woman in British Columbia is that person happy to pay their taxes. Imagine the surprise of discovering one is responsible for the taxes of another person after they have passed away? That is exactly what happens during estate administration: the executor is required, as legal representative, to settle the tax … Read More

Understanding how estate administration begins in BC

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It is more than likely that a person appointed executor of an estate has never done so previously. Needless to say, he or she may have a lot of questions about the job they’ve been asked to do. This article will discuss some of the fundamental points to know about estate administration in British Columbia. The entire process begins, once … Read More

Without a will, estate administration determines distribution

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Over the course of a person’s life, he or she may accumulate assets of value, such as real estate holdings or intellectual property. If that person passes away without a will in British Columbia, it is up to the court appointed administrator (a position that must be applied for) to manage the estate. In some cases, estate administration can be … Read More

Some less obvious aspects of estate administration

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Acting as an executor for an estate in British Columbia is an important, but task-laden responsibility. Some of these tasks are relatively self-evident; it will come as no surprise that the executor is responsible for identifying beneficiaries and seeing to it they are given their allotted share, for example. There are, however, many less obvious, but equally important steps to … Read More

During estate administration, CRA must be on the contact list

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Even after a person has passed away, an obligation is still owed to the Canada Revenue Agency. In fact, the CRA is one of the most important contacts to be made by the executor during the process of estate administration. There are many final tax-related details that need to be taken care of after a taxpayer dies in British Columbia. … Read More

The Responsibility of Estate Administration

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Congratulations, you’ve been named as executor of your late friend’s or family member’s estate. It may seem a dubious honour, but it means that the person trusted you a great deal. As such, it’s important that you are capable of carrying out their wishes as they intended. That may sound simpler than it is, however. An executor does not have … Read More

How do I know if probate will be necessary?

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In 2014 some changes were made to the Wills, Estates and Succession Act that affects residents of British Columbia. The changes are intended to modernize estate laws and make the probate process easier. Below are some general questions and answers regarding the process. For more specific information about individual probate circumstances, consult a probate lawyer in the province. Does my … Read More