Category Archives: Wills

The Executor’s First Task – It May Not Be What You Think

Although the family often makes the funeral arrangements at the time of death, it is the executor who has the legal obligation to do so. Continue reading

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Distributions – Watch Your Language!

As the executor it is your duty to comply with the wishes of the testator as written in the Will.  It is therefore important that you understand what certain terms mean. The residue of the estate is “all the stuff … Continue reading

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What is a Letter of Wishes?

Occasionally, an executor will find an envelope with the Will.  What may be inside is what is often referred to as a “Letter of Wishes” (other names include “Memorandum to the Trustee” or “Memorandum to a Will”).  Inside are the … Continue reading

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Probate – To Pay, or Not to Pay, That is the Question

My apologies – that was a bit misleading, but I wanted your attention.  I should have started with “What is Probate and why do we have to pay it?” Probate, or having a Will probated, serves three purposes: it proves, … Continue reading

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Why You Don’t Need a Will – Part II

Last time we looked quickly at what happens if you don’t make a Will. Now we’ll look a little closer at intestacy. If you die without a valid Will (intestate) your property is distributed in accordance with the laws of … Continue reading

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Why You Don’t Need a Will – Part I

Ha-ha-ha. I’m kidding! I know, you don’t care about having because the government will look after everything anyway and you don’t want to pay a wills and estates lawyer lots of money to get one. Having a Will or not … Continue reading

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Resolutions of a Different Kind

So many of us make New Year’s resolutions – to eat healthier, read more books or walk further. Been there, done that, got the treadmill. But what about looking after yourself in a different way this year? How about ensuring … Continue reading

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