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Wills Terminology: Defining Commonly Used Legal Terms

We break down commonly-used Wills terminology you might encounter while Estate planning. Will/Last Will and Testament A “Will”, sometimes known as a “Last Will and Testament”, is a document that expresses an individual’s wishes with respect to property and dependents, should they pass away. Typically, a Will appoints someone to gather and distribute the Will-maker’s property...
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Who Acts as Executor when Someone Dies Without a Will?

What Does an Executor of a Will Do? When someone dies in Alberta without leaving a valid Will, they’re deemed to have died “intestate.” Nearly every Will appoints an Executor—the Executor’s responsibilities include determining who the Estate’s beneficiaries are and locating them, “marshalling”, or gathering the deceased’s assets, liquidating any hard assets into cash, settling...
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[FAQs] Employment Law

Can my employer terminate me for any reason? ​​Yes. An employer can terminate whoever they want, whenever they want, so long as they provide the employee with proper notice of the termination, or the proper payment in lieu of notice, and the reason for the termination is not discriminatory. This is considered a termination without...
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[FAQs] Executor of a Will

Who should I appoint as my Executor? Appointing an Executor (also referred to as a Personal Representative or Trustee) can be a challenging task. Finding someone who is willing and able to be saddled with the responsibility of administering your Estate is a process that involves some important considerations. Above all, the primary consideration is...
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[FAQs] Wills

Do I really need a Will? While there’s no law requiring you to have a Will, we believe that everyone over the age of 18 should have a well-drafted Will in place, regardless of their net worth, age, background, health, or demographic. In some respects, a Will is like an insurance policy. We may pay...
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[FAQs] Alberta Child Support

Am I required to pay child support if I don’t have or want any contact with my child? Yes, child support is the right of the child. It does not matter if you are not involved in the child’s life. The sole exception is for cases in which the child refuses contact with you, and...
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