Wills, Estates & Trusts

Planning your estate involves more than just preparing a last will and testament. How can you reduce taxes? How can you defer taxes? Who will get your life insurance benefits? RRSPs? Pension plans? The family cottage? The family business? How will the implementation of the Wills and Succession Act affect you?

Our prompt and efficient services can help you achieve estate planning that addresses all the key assets in your life and maximizes benefits for both you and your family.

A comprehensive estate plan also includes planning for illness. Our lawyers are able to provide solid advice on how you should prepare relevant forms such as Enduring Power of Attorney and Personal Directive applications.

We are well-versed in all aspects of estate planning including issues surrounding charitable giving and the succession of family businesses. Many of our lawyers frequently lecture and publish articles on topics related to estate planning.

Lawyers from our wills, estates and trusts group are involved in a number of related organizations and associations including:

  • Edmonton Estate Planning Council
  • Canadian Association of Family Enterprises
  • Canadian Bar Association National Elder Law Section
  • Canadian Bar Association National Wills, Estates and Trusts Section
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners

We also have experience in dealing with all matters related to one’s estate or death including probate and estate litigation matters such as:

  • applications for probate, administration or resealed grants
  • estate administration for personal representatives
  • estate litigation, including challenging wills
  • enduring power of attorney litigation
  • Family Maintenance and Support Applications (formerly Dependants Relief Claims)
  • estates with no will (Intestate Estates)
  • adult guardianship and trusteeship
  • emergency trusteeship or guardianship
  • mediation of estate issues