Can I show my personality in my Will?

Over the course of the last decade I have helped my clients write a wide variety of Wills. Some of them are touching and include letters to family members letting them know how much they loved them. Other Wills have included spiteful wishes.  One Will had a husband leave money to the person who had mowed his wife’s grass while he was out of town.   Another gentleman who loved scotch gave elaborate wishes for the type Read More

Guardianship and Your Children

One of the most difficult decisions any parent will ever have to make is who should be the guardian of their children if they are no longer alive. The inability to answer this one question is why most people with minor children do not write a Will. Ok lets get the elephant out of the room. No one will over raise your children as well as you can and will. We will never be able to replace you. That said, who is the Read More

What Your Will Can and Cannot Do

An up-to-date Will is a key part of any effective estate plan. It accomplishes several important goals, allowing you to specify how your estate will be distributed, naming a guardian for any minor children.   It also prevents the time and expense of litigating your estate, protecting the inheritances of your loved ones and preventing a dispute from fracturing the family. WHAT YOU CAN DO IN YOUR WILL: You Can C Read More

Does Adoption Affect Inheritance in Alberta?

Most Wills state that the estate must be shared among the testators children. In many families, it’s obvious who the “children” are while in other families it is less so. An adopted child’s rights against a biological or adoptive  parent are very different under Alberta law. When an adoptive parent passes away, an adopted child has exactly the same legal status as a biological child born to that parent. When the Wi Read More

What happens if you parents owe money when they die

We recently had a client call our office asking a question we hear all the time... "What happens if my father dies owing more money than he has in assets? Will I be personal responsible for paying his debts if I am his Executor?" You will not be personally liable for your father’s debts when he dies. You may however, be taking on a difficult estate where you will be required to negotiate with creditors and p Read More

Your cruise ship has left port

Many people who do not have a Will believe that they can time the preparation of their Will like they do an oil change. Unfortunately, dementia, which affects many new patients every year, does not provide adequate warning signs so that you can time the preparation of your documents before you become ill. There is no flashing sign that states “you have 25 days to write your Will”. Many times the ship has left the por Read More