I’m the executor, but not a family member, and it’s getting awkward

Have you been named the executor but your not a family member?  Being executor of an estate can be a tough job. After all, you are required to gather all of the estate assets, pay the person’s debts and divide what remains of their estate amongst their beneficiaries. It can be challenging, overwhelming, time-consuming and [...]

By |2019-09-03T18:03:54+00:00June 25th, 2019|

Trigger Alert: Life changes mean you need to change your will

You’ve written a will — great! But when was the last time you reviewed it? If you don’t know the answer to that question, then it’s probably time to do so because a will is not something that you can simply set and forget.  Certain life events should naturally trigger a will review. Life and [...]

By |2019-09-03T15:12:43+00:00June 11th, 2019|

What do I do now? I didn’t know I was an executor!

Rule number one when writing your will: always ask your chosen executor before appointing them if they’re willing to take on the task. If you don’t, that person may get a surprise phone call informing them of such after your death. If you’ve recently found yourself at the receiving end of that surprise call, we [...]

By |2019-09-03T18:04:12+00:00May 21st, 2019|

Moms, take care of your family. Draft your will.

Many say that moms hold the family together. They love their kids unconditionally, often take them wherever they need to go and always, always know where everything is whenever someone needs it. Being a mom is a lifelong job. And mothers give up a lot for it — sleep, peace and quiet, clean cars and [...]

By |2019-09-03T15:13:42+00:00May 7th, 2019|

Help! I don’t want to be an executor

A family member or close friend passes away and amidst your grief you discover that you have been named executor of their estate. You’re shocked, because you didn’t know that you had been named as executor in their will. (Rule number one when writing your will: always ask your executor before appointing them.) We won’t [...]

By |2019-09-03T18:04:25+00:00April 18th, 2019|

It’s spring cleaning time! Add ‘write my will’ to your list

For most of us, spring cleaning means a chance to declutter, downsize and simplify. It’s about new beginnings and fresh starts and there’s definitely a certain feeling of satisfaction that comes with checking off each item on the to-do list. So, what’s on your spring to-do list? Because if you don’t have a will, writing [...]

By |2019-09-03T15:14:36+00:00April 4th, 2019|

5 Common Will Drafting Mistakes

Write your will right and it will do exactly what you want and need it to do when you die. Your will is your roadmap to your loved ones and a properly written will ensures that your death doesn’t create a legal or administrative burden on your family. Write it wrong and your family may [...]

By |2019-09-03T15:15:04+00:00January 28th, 2019|

When did you last update your will?

If you’ve written a will—congratulations—you are amongst the half of Canadian adults who say they’ve written a will. If you are amongst the other 50% of Canadians, read here to find out why you don’t want to die without one. But here’s a question for everyone who does have a will — is it up-to-date? [...]

By |2019-09-03T15:19:24+00:00October 30th, 2018|

The Perils of Do-It-Yourself Wills

Have you ever thought about using an online service to write a will instead of hiring a lawyer to draft one for you? After all, dozens of websites offer to make will-writing fast and easy so maybe you’re asking yourself, how bad can it be? Bad. We knew of a man who decided to save [...]

By |2019-09-03T15:20:50+00:00September 1st, 2018|

5 Bad Things That Could Happen if You Die Without a Will

Do you know what happens if you die without a will? Here’s the story of one family who learned the hard way. In this family, the grandmother (who had a will) died. While the estate was being settled, her adult daughter died, leaving behind three children in their early 20s. When the daughter died, her [...]

By |2019-09-03T15:21:04+00:00July 30th, 2018|