On the 1st of each month I write short pieces about things important to executors (what to do when) and on the 15th about items an executor might find (what to do with) or ideas that may be helpful to others (what to do now). I work with clients throughout Toronto, York Region and the surrounding areas.
- Estate Administration in 500 Words … or Not – Part 4
- Estate Administration in 500 Words or So – Part 3
- Estate Administration in 500 Words or More – Part 2
- A Short Story – The Tea Caddy
- Estate Administration in 500 Words or Less
- Can I Wear My Grandfather’s War Medals?
- The Executor’s First Task – It May Not Be What You Think
- Carnival Glass – “Poor Man’s Tiffany”
- Distributions – Watch Your Language!
- Carte de Visites and Cabinet Cards
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Category Archives: Wills
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
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
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
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
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
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