Dealing with wills and estates after a loved one passes can be a stressful time as many of us must deal with both grief and the frustrations of dividing property. At Devry Frank Smith LLP (DSF) we make this time easier for all with our experienced team of wills and estate lawyers. Toronto area residents can choose from one of our three convenient locations in Toronto, Barrie and Whitby to find their ideal wills and estate lawyer to meet their needs.
At DSF, we work with a team of wills and estate lawyers Toronto area clients can rely on for comprehensive counseling and mediation for the following services:
Estate Settlement Without a Will (Intestate Succession): When no will is present at the time of a person’s death, property is distributed in accordance with the Ontario Succession Law Reform Act. The cornerstones of this are as follows:
Estate Settlement with a Will (Testate Succession): A DSF wills and estate lawyer can help you both navigate creating a will and work with you to ensure that a will’s terms are carried out to avoid the will being contested. When a will exists, it can and should stipulate the following:
Will Creating and Updating: While many of us know the importance of creating a will, we often fail to update that will as life circumstances change. For example, your will should be updated when:
Choosing powers of attorney is the best way to avoid disputes and potentially having the Ontario Public Guardian and Trustee appointed when you have not made a selection. There are two types of powers of attorney for you to designate in your will:
Note: Although the Substitute Decisions Act enables a court to appoint a guardian for property or for personal care, it is not necessary to apply to the court for such purpose if an lawyer has been designated under a power of attorney. If there is a dispute, your power of attorney is clear guidance to the court of your preferences regarding the choice of guardian of your care and property.
For further information or assistance from our team of wills and estate lawyers, Toronto area clients can seek help by choosing from our list of lawyers or by calling our general office number at: (416) 449-1400.
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