What am I supposed to do now?

Such a common question! I get it every time from frustrated executors faced with probate issues. Dealing with a parent or loved one’s estate can quickly become complex and time consuming. Avoid it! Work with a lawyer who understands the probate process and the personal challenges that go with it.

We offer a free, no obligation consultation. It’s usually the best way to begin.

SPEED UP ESTATE ACCESS

Probate can take 3-12 months or longer. A good lawyer can navigate the system fast and efficiently. Call us.

TRANSPARENT FEES

We file and mange your probate/estate case with clarity. No surprise bills. No exorbitant fees. Period!

THREE DECADES OF EXPERIENCE

We’ve assisted clients through the probate process since 1986 . We’ve seen every situation. You can trust us with your’s.

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Why should I consider Christopher Taskey as my lawyer?

The probate process can appear to be very simple – an executor can handle it; or it can be very complex, demanding the expertise of a professional. I know. I’ve been involved in multiple situations over the last 30+ years.

Sometimes an executor makes an attempt only to find that he or she is out of their depth, stressed, and caught up in a family fight.

You never want that to happen. Nor do you want tax departments, banks, business partners and other interested parties, compounding and complicating the issue.

These are just some of the reasons that you need me, Christopher Taskey, at your side. I know what the probate process entails. I will guide you through it as quickly and effectively as possible.

Extraordinarily Thorough

I don’t let things slip through the cracks.

``Win Win`` Result Focused

Your situation handled with integrity for everyone.

Gratifying Experience

My goal for every client that hires me.

Professional Expertise

Feel confident that you are in the best possible hands.

Empathic Communication

I’ve gone through & understand your situation from every side.

The hardest thing I’ve ever done…

I’ve been an Edmonton lawyer for over three decades. When I turned 50, I decided to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain at 5895 metres above sea level. It was a great experience and I really appreciated the support of our Tanzanian guides and porters.

On Kilimanjaro I had plenty of time to think about the “individual” mountains we face in life, those that seem difficult to overcome. Yet sometimes all we need is support from those who’ve faced similar challenges and know how to conquer them.

No matter what you may be facing – probate, a will, estate planning – I promise to bring my 30+ years of knowhow and experience to work on your behalf. And whatever your mountain, I’ll help you conquer it.

Our Commitments to You

  •  Reasonable fees
  •  Keep you informed
  •  Prompt responses
  •  Go the extra mile
  •  Protect your privacy
  •  Honour your decisions

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Common Questions & Estate Planning Resources

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What is probate?

A judicial process to transfer a decedent’s estate to its beneficiaries, validate the will, and empower the executor to administer the estate.

What does the process entail?

An executor, established in the decedent’s will, determines the value of the estate, the names of beneficiaries, and assesses what is due to each beneficiary. Once submitted and approved by the Probate Court, the assets are distributed to beneficiaries.

What is subject to probate?

Most assets including property, vehicles, stocks, bonds, bank accounts, share ownership. Exceptions include certain assets to a named beneficiary such as RRSPs, RRIFs, TFSAs and insurance. Also excluded are assets given or created during the decedent’s life, such as gifts, and assets in “Inter Vivos Trusts”

Why hire a qualified lawyer?

When the estate is complex, when you want legalities handled quickly and competently, no lawsuits, no family fights, no Probate Court rejection, beneficiaries paid, and most of all, peace of mind.

How long does the process take?

From three months to 18 months or more, depending on estate complexity

Do I need a Power of Attorney as well as a Will?

Since we are all going to die, we need a Will.  However, a PoA is not required. Having said that, putting a PoA in place is an extraordinarily smart action on your part. If you were to lose capacity without one, you could expose your family to potential feuds. Consider your PoA as insurance against that.

Does a Power of Attorney survive my death?

No. The moment you die, your PoA is cancelled and your Will comes into effect.

Can the person I appoint to be my PoA representative be in conflict with the Executor of my Will?

There is no relationship between your PoA appointment and your Will. Your named “Executor” in your Will administers your “estate” (financial assets) after you die. If you wish, your Executor and your PoA representative can be the same person. It’s up to you.

Are there Provincial differences in Power of Attorney requirements?

Yes. Provinces each have their own interpretation of PoA. Check what those conditions are for the Province where you live.

What if you die without a Will (intestate)?

I have had to deal with too many Canadians and their regret that a relative or friend did not have a valid will when they died. Example. I know of a woman who lived to 100, receiving congratulatory letters from the Prime Minister and the Queen. Her will had been revised in accordance with her wishes. However, she was hospitalized in an emergency and never got to sign that revised will. Following her death, with no signature, the courts decided on a previous will, splitting the estate in ways contrary to her wishes.

Do I really need a Lawyer to prepare my Will?

Of course not. You may be able to take the time to put together a legally binding document that will stand up in court But there are many ways to make a mistake and I assure you our clients do not want their intentions thwarted following their death. From past experience I can tell you that without a valid will, this can get very complicated and nasty to resolve. Let’s face it, when we die, we don’t want our assets going to relatives we didn’t care about, causes we didn’t like, or government coffers. Much will depend on the intestate laws of where you live, and whoever is appointed to handle your estate.

What is a Personal Directive (living will)?

A Personal Directive is the legal term used in Alberta, somewhat equivalent to the term “Living Will” used elsewhere. It’s a decision by you to give authority to another person to act on your behalf if you are unable to do so yourself. For example, if you are ill and clearly in no position to make decisions. Your lawyer will help you draw up a suitable Personal Directive to reflect your wishes.

Why hire a qualified lawyer?

When the estate is complex, when you want legalities handled quickly and competently, no lawsuits, no family fights, no Probate Court rejection, beneficiaries paid, and most of all, peace of mind, a qualified lawyer can handle all issues for you..

How long does the process take?

From three months to 18 months or more, depending on estate complexity

Are there Provincial differences in Power of Attorney requirements?

Yes. Provinces each have their own interpretation of PoA. Check what those conditions are for the Province where you live.

What do I do next?

If you’ve made it this far, the best thing to do is schedule a consultation with me. Bring whoever you need to attend.

During the consultation we can discuss any additional questions you have without a commitment to work with me. I want you to feel comfortable with me before you decide.

 

Estate/Executor Resources

Download free legal resources to help you through the executor process. Your funeral home will also be able to provide necessary forms and helpful worksheets.