Legal Guidance Through The Probate Process
Following the death of a loved one, you may have questions about what role you may or may not play in the administration of his or her estate. As a Vancouver lawyer for probate and estate administration, Edward F. Macaulay can answer your questions and guide you through the process of dealing with a loved one’s estate.
This might include a situation where the deceased person held all of his or her assets jointly with another person. The assets would usually pass to the surviving individual and not form part of the estate. A lawyer can provide you with a proper assessment of your family’s situation and whether the estate does in fact require probate.
Applying For Probate
The legal steps beneficiaries must take following a death will depend in part on whether the deceased person had a will. The lawyer at our firm advises clients on:
- Applications for probate with a will: Where the deceased person had prepared a will, we can advise beneficiaries and executors as to their rights and responsibilities.
- Applications for probate without a will: Where the deceased left no will, we can advise on the dispersion of assets according to intestate succession. We can also advise loved ones wishing to apply for Letters of Administration in order to become the estate administrator.
- Executor responsibilities: Executors often require the advice of a lawyer to ensure they are adequately fulfilling their duties to the estate. We provide advice and guidance to estate administrators about their responsibilities, including the distribution of inheritance monies and protecting the financial assets of the estate.
Legal advice can help resolve uncertainty about the status of a loved one’s estate and your role in its administration. At our firm, we are committed to providing clients with the knowledge they need to make informed legal choices.
Edward F. Macaulay is a seasoned estate lawyer who has practiced in Vancouver for more than two decades. Together with his staff at Edward F. Macaulay Law Corp, he is dedicated to bringing his best skills to benefit each client he represents.