Probate Lawyers in Calgary

Meeting The Needs Of Families

After a loved one passes, family members are left with the task of caring for their loved one’s estate and personal effects. Even an individual appointed as executor (or "Personal Representative") may be confused about the next steps they must take from a legal perspective. At Kirk Montoute Dawson LLP, our Calgary probate lawyers assist and guide personal representatives through the lengthy and often difficult probate and estate administration process.

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Calgary Probate Lawyers

Probate Application And Fulfilling Executor Duties

The process of receiving a grant of probate typically takes two to four months in Alberta court. In order to grant probate, a court must be convinced that the will is valid and the most recent version and that the named executor has the capacity to fulfil his or her duties, which may include distributing the deceased’s assets to legitimate beneficiaries.

Once probate is granted, an executor must fulfil several legal obligations towards the estate and any beneficiaries named. These include filing income taxes, dealing with bank accounts, financial issues, outstanding debts, and beneficiary disputes. In some cases, the beneficiaries can demand that the executor "pass accounts" or give an accounting of all receipts and payments from the estate.

Finally, the estate assets must be distributed to the beneficiaries. The probate process can be daunting. Our Kirk Montoute Dawson LLP estate lawyers assist the executors (or “Personal Representatives”) of the deceased's estate with probate services and guidance to help minimize any personal liability.

Commitment To Effective Resolution Of Disputes

Kirk Montoute Dawson LLP is a Calgary firm of lawyers, mediators, and arbitrators. We are committed to dispute resolution that keeps families out of court. Our estate work includes estate litigation or the representation of clients in disputes over complex estates. We represent our clients in litigation and in alternative dispute resolution processes that seek sound solutions that minimize expense and do not work to exacerbate conflict.

Estate Administration Questionnaire

Please review and fill out this form if you are in the process of administrating an Estate. The information collected will be required by your estate lawyer and/or your Personal Representative when applying for a Grant of Probate or a Grant of Administration. You must have a Grant of Probate or a Grant of Administration to distribute the property of an Estate.

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Probate and Estate Administration Lawyers: Serving Calgary and Area

To learn more about our probate, estate law, and estate administration services, contact our estate litigation lawyers in Calgary for a consultation.

To consult with a member of our Alberta firm, call us toll-free at 877-563-5295.  In Calgary, call 403-233-9300 or contact us online to book an appointment.

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