Why might a will be challenged during estate administration?

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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 … 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

Funeral costs are often the first matter of estate administration

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There are many responsibilities suddenly heaped upon the executor after a person dies. The order in which these responsibilities need to be handled is not always readily apparent. However, one of the very first tasks of estate administration In British Columbia is arranging the funeral. It is quite possible the deceased left instructions for his or her funeral in the … 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

Are you Struggling to Administer an Estate? Get Help!

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When acting as executor of a decedent’s estate, you have a duty to be an earnest steward of their assets until all are disbursed to the beneficiaries and heirs. Sometimes, through no fault of the diligent executor, assets depreciate, such as if the housing or financial markets nosedive. In those type of situations, there may be little that you can … 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

So…you are the estate executor. Now what??

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“Learning you have been named as executor of somebody’s estate can come as a surprise. While it is better for the decedent to have already pre-arranged with his or her intended executor to carry out these duties, many never get around to having that important conversation. As one estate lawyer in the United States remarked, “”A common adage says to … 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

Preparing the executor for estate administration

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Very few executors are surprised to find out they were named to the position, having typically been informed during the estate planning stages. Given the prior knowledge of the eventual responsibility, it might not be a bad idea for the executor to prepare for the process of estate administration in British Columbia ahead of time. Here are some tips for … 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