What awaits the executor of a will? Numerous duties, complex paperwork and court filings. It's the last thing you want to deal with alone.
Our Estate Lawyers will smoothly guide you through the process, so you can focus on the things that really matter.
Francis Lepp - Estate Lawyer
Francis is our experienced Wills and Estates Lawyer at Chhina Das LLP. She'll confidently guide you through the Estate Administration process, allowing you to focus on your family and the future.
Don't underestimate the amount of work involved! Examples of duties include:
*This should not be treated as an official, completed list. Each individual will require unique requirements of the executor.
It's a complex process that verifies the validity of a will after somebody has passed away, whilst also confirming the executor of the will. Institutions that hold assets of the deceased, like banks and credit unions, require a will to be probated before releasing any funds.
It is not recommended to go through the probate process without a lawyer. It's a complex and nit-picky exercise that even frustrates highly-experienced Estate Lawyer professionals.
When an individual creates a will in BC, they often notify the Wills Registry at the Vital Statistics Agency as to where the will will be stored. If the location of the will is not registered, then obviously this makes the discovery of the will more difficult, but it does not mean that an official will does not exist.
Technically that means we can't know for sure that you're the executor of the will, so the first step will be to apply to the court for a “Grant of Administration without Will Annexed”. And since there is no will, the deceased's Estate will be distributed according to intestacy laws of BC.
Not only is probate necessary, but there are fees that must be paid to the Province of British Columbia. The total fee depends on the valuation of the deceased's estate: