Drafting Your Own Will

Should I draft my own Will? Perhaps you wish to save money on lawyer’s costs by drafting your own will. You have two options. First, you can use an Alberta will kit, consisting of a fillable form will or you can write and sign your own will. When you write your own will it’s called...
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Probate FAQs

What does it mean to probate a will? When people refer to probate, or probating a will, they are likely referring to obtaining a “grant of probate”. A grant of probate is obtained by the personal representative, or executor, of the estate upon application to the Surrogate Office of the Court of Queen’s Bench in...
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What is an Enduring Power of Attorney?

Powers of attorney are used in various contexts throughout the Canadian legal system as limited grants of authorization to act on another’s behalf in connection with a specific private, legal or business matter. An Enduring Power of Attorney differs from an immediate power of attorney because it doesn’t take effect until the grantor loses mental...
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How Often Should You Update Your Will?

The short answer is that you should update your will every 5 years or when something significant happens in your life such as divorce, marriage, death, birth, financial changes or sudden windfalls.  Typically, a person’s circumstances change enough in a 5-year period that their will needs updating. Perhaps you and your partner have a child...
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Why do I need a Real Estate Lawyer?

Along with your realtor, lender representative and mortgage broker, real estate lawyers fulfill an essential role in closing your real estate transaction. Whether it’s a purchase, sale, re-finance or real estate contract review, a reputable real estate lawyer will ensure that your interests are protected as you enter into legally binding commitments with lenders, insurers,...
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