How do I probate an insolvent estate?

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Being in charge of probate for an insolvent estate is truly a thankless task, yet if you have accepted this assignment, you must carry out your duties. These types of estates are usually best administered by a lawyer, as now the executor will need to become familiar with not just British Columbian estate laws, but bankruptcy laws as well. There … Read More

What do alternate Estate Executors need to know?

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Sometimes people named as executors of estates are unable to serve in that capacity. They may have died at the same time as the decedent, as in spouses killed in an accident, or they might have predeceased the decedent. There are other reasons that could preclude a named executor from carrying out his or her duties. Perhaps that person no … Read More

Estate Administration Headache Number 1: Battling Heirs

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Even professional estate administrators and lawyers dislike handling estates where there are multiple contentious heirs working at cross-purposes with one another. Sometimes dissatisfied heirs try to undermine the probate process by selling off some of the estate’s holdings, but more often than not, the in-fighting is demoralizing and creates chaos. Siblings dredge up decades-old grudges and revert to their childhood … Read More

Protecting Estate Assets as an Executor

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If you are the executor of someone’s estate, it’s incumbent upon you to preserve and protect the assets that now belong to the estate. Sometimes this is relatively simple, such as locking up the decedent’s former home with their property safe inside. But other times, it may be far more difficult. For instance, if there are valuable pieces of jewelry … Read More

Professional Guidance During Probate

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Dealing with probate matters can be one of the hardest things you’ve ever done because it necessarily comes after what might be a great loss. At a time when you are grieving for a loved one or caught up in the shock of loss, you are also asked to begin a sometimes complex and detail-imbued legal process. Having a professional … Read More

Timeline of Estate Administration, Part 2

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Last month we reviewed the timeline of estate administration in the days and weeks following the death of the decedent. Today, we pick up the timeline where we left off — several weeks after the person’s demise.  By this point, the estate administrator should have obtained contact information for all heirs and estate beneficiaries for the purpose of sending a … Read More

Administering an intestate estate

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If you are the spouse, adult child or other relative of a person who died without leaving a will, you could wind up applying to the court to administer that person’s estate. If the decedent dies intestate and has no spouse, parent or children to handle these duties, or if those relatives are not willing or able to execute the … Read More

Timeline of estate administration, Part 1

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If you are newly appointed as the administrator of an estate, it can be confusing knowing what needs to be done when. Below is a list of the duties you will be responsible for performing and the approximate time you will need to do them.  Immediately after the death of the decedent, you will need to:  Arrange to donate the … Read More

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

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