Wills & Estates

Wills and Estates Lawyer in Edmonton

Regardless of your age or stage of life, estate planning is something that should require your attention.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to assume that you don’t need to plan for the future of your estate just because you don’t own numerous properties or investments. That couldn’t be further from the truth! What will happen to your assets after you’re gone?

You can provide your loved ones with peace of mind if you plan the future of your estate now. In addition, you may be seeking legal advice because you’re dealing with matters related to the estate of a loved one. Don’t make the mistake of skipping legal assistance and risk an unexpected outcome. Our law office can help you.

Estate Planning

You should never leave anything up to chance or leave things undecided. You can work with an experienced wills and estates lawyer to cover every aspect of planning your estate.

Here are some of the steps Safi Law Group can assist you with:

  • Drafting of a legally sound will
    • Establishing an executor and naming beneficiaries
  • Setting up an enduring power of attorney
  • Setting up a personal directive

Not every plan you make for the future of your estate necessarily happens after you’ve passed away. In fact, the plans you make today could have a huge impact on your life. Setting up an enduring power of attorney gives you the opportunity to entrust important financial decisions to a chosen loved one while you may be unable to make decisions due to illness or some other incapacity.

A personal directive allows you to set up instructions regarding your wishes for health-related treatments and care should you become unable to make those decisions yourself. A directive often covers important details like the type of care you wish to receive, where you’d prefer to live and the types of medical support you’d like to have administered.

Keep reading to learn more about our Estate Planning services delivered by an experienced Wills & Estates lawyer.

Probate and Estate Administration

Has a loved one passed away recently and you require assistance with probating their will?  What if they passed away without a will?  How do you deal with their estate?

Estate administration can often be a time-consuming and complicated process that requires a careful legal eye.  It will be important for you to carry out all the steps and follow all the necessary timetables to ensure that the wishes of the deceased are carried out and assets are distributed to the beneficiaries.  You may also need to deal with creditors and Canada Revenue Agency.

Our law office can assist with all matters related to probate and grants of administration, including contested Court applications, if necessary.  Contact our team now to get straight answers about the estate administration process.

Estate Litigation

What happens when you want to challenge a will? Litigation may be necessary.

There are very specific grounds for contesting a will in Alberta. The first step is meeting with a Wills and Estates lawyer to decide if you have proper legal justification for challenging a will. You will need to petition a Court to have all or part of a will deemed invalid.  In some cases, you may not be challenging the validity of the will, however, you may want to apply to Court to get a bigger share of the estate than what the deceased left you in their will.

If you believe your loved one’s last will is invalid or if you believe that the deceased did not provide for you adequately in their last will, contact Safi Law Group to see if you may have grounds to challenge the will.  Estate litigation may also be necessary if your loved one passed away without a will and you do not agree with the entitlement you have received under the government passed intestacy rules.

Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship

It is wise to plan for how decisions will be made in the case of lost capacity due to injury, illness or age-related decline. In addition, you may have questions about your rights and responsibilities once you are tasked with managing the affairs of another person through an adult guardianship or trusteeship. Safi Law Group handles all facets of adult guardianship and trusteeship matters.

Safi Law Group believes that there’s no such thing as planning too much when it comes to the future of your estate. Let us show you how drafting a will in Alberta can leave you with peace of mind regarding the future of your hard-earned assets and your own well-being. We can also provide legal guidance if you’re involved in the process of settling the estate of a loved one or wish to challenge an unfair will.

Give us a call today at (780) 760-7234 or contact our office online to book your consultation.

photo of a family reviewing an estate plan and will created by an Edmonton wills and estate lawyer from Safi Law Group

Planning for the future is important to protect the assets you have built up over your lifetime. Regardless of your age, it's best to be prepared. Contact a Wills & Estates lawyer at Safi Law Group today to set up an initial consultation for assistance drafting a legally sound will and estate plan for you and your family.