Important things to know about probate for the executor

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Being named as executor of an estate is a solemn responsibility. While it may be a source of some pride to be named to such an important position, many would-be executors are understandably daunted by the enormity of the task. Estate law is fairly complex, and the process of probate can be confusing and possibly lengthy. For those British Columbia … Read More

Check a will carefully before going through probate

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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. Some … Read More

Submitting the proper documents during probate in BC

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There are many stages the executor of an estate must navigate through when administering a will in British Columbia. One of the most important is probate. The purpose of probate is to convince a judge of the veracity of the will so that the rest of the process can unfold. In order to do so, several key documents must be … Read More

Can I contest my relative’s will?

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The courts and government of British Columbia recognize the autonomy of individuals to leave their estate to the people they choose. With that being said, however, there are certain circumstances wherein it may be possible to contest the terms of a will being probated here in British Columbia. There are three categories of heirs or potential heirs who may contest … Read More

In some cases, probate may not be necessary in British Columbia

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An appointment as executor of an estate means a difficult process is about to begin, likely during a time of great emotional stress. Going through the stages of probate and estate administration in British Columbia can be a complex task even for a professional. The good news is, there are circumstances under which probate may be minimized, or bypassed altogether. … Read More

Is there a way to Streamline the Probate Process?

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Sometimes death comes as a bolt out of the blue, an unwelcome surprise to the survivors of the decedent and the administrator of his or her estate. But other times, there is foreknowledge that death is imminent, whether it is months, weeks or even just days away. If you know that you are named as administrator of someone’s estate, and … Read More

What fees are typically associated with probate?

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If you are responsible for the probate and administration of an estate here in British Columbia, you might want to know what you will wind up having to pay.  The estate may be subject to probate filing fees during the process of proving the validity of the will and the testator’s intentions. Any probate filing fees go to the Court … Read More

How do you confirm that you were named as executor?

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Some British Columbia residents are surprised to learn that they have been named as executor of a deceased person’s estate. The way to confirm this is to view the original will. Wills may be kept in the testator’s home, at the lawyer’s office who drafted the testamentary document or in the decedent’s safety deposit box. When a thorough search fails … Read More

Probating an estate involving life tenants

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If you are involved in the probate of a will as an estate administrator, you may find yourself dealing with a situation of a life estate or life interest. These scenarios involve life tenants — usually a second or subsequent spouse of a decedent who has children from a prior relationship, although not always — who are given the usage … Read More

What must be done when probating an estate?

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If you are in charge of probating an estate, it can be confusing trying to remember to cross every “t” and dot every “i.” But yet it must be done correctly or you could face financial and legal liabilities for being remiss in your duties. Below are some important tasks to check off of your list. Make sure that you … Read More