To ensure that that your estate (property and possessions) is distributed among your loved ones and closest friends, you should prepare a will. A last will and testament allows you to select your heirs and more importantly, outline all of your last wishes and intentions. Furthermore, if you have minor children, you can name a guardian to your children in your will and avoid all the legal complications that may arise by not doing so. In the absence of a will, the law will determine and select your heirs as well as the manner in which your estate will be settled and distributed – which may not be in line with your last wishes and intentions (i.e. your previous spouse from whom you never got divorced will inherit from your estate and your common law partner will not be entitled to anything, according to the law). With regards to minor children, you can and should create a testamentary trust in order to avoid all the legal implications that might arise in the event your minor children inherit more than $25,000.00 (i.e. the establishment of a tutorship council; your spouse may become co-owner of your properties with your minor children and may not be allowed to sell the properties, subject to certain other legal formalities; etc.)
Having experience in the planning of successions and drafting legal documents, we provide you with the peace of mind in knowing that your succession wishes will be carried out. Here are some of the many additional benefits from performing a notarized will and testament:
- You’ll receive professional counsel from a legal professional with experience in the planning of successions and drafting of legal documents in order to answer all your questions or concerns;
- Your wishes and conditions will be clearly indicated in order to avoid potential problems that may arise with the interpretation of your will;
- Your original will and testament will always be kept at our offices to ensure that it is never lost or destroyed.
- At the time of passing, your succession plan comes into effect immediately in order to relieve your heirs of the burden of getting a non-notarized will probated before the Superior Court;