Estate Administration

Church Graveyard

Our BC Lawyers would be happy to help you with your estate administration needs:

Jaime Boyle
Daniel K. Lo
Keith Martens
Alan McKenzie

Named as executor for a deceased person, but not sure what you need to do? We can help you with that.

What happens when someone dies?

When a person dies, it is necessary to sort out their estate – their property and their debts.

This process can be simple or complicated, depending on whether the deceased left a Will or not, and the kinds of assets and debts the deceased had, and the family involved.

Each estate is different, and we can help you determine the specific steps that will be necessary for each situation.

Do I need probate?

The first step is to establish whether you need a representation grant, also known as a grant of probate. A representation grant gives someone the authority to deal with the assets and debts in a deceased person’s estate.

In some cases, a representation grant might not be necessary.

Our lawyers can help you determine whether a representation grant is required.

How do I manage someone’s estate?

Managing an estate can be a complicated job.

It includes things like securing assets, ensuring the deceased’s taxes are filed and paid; paying funeral and other debts; dealing with creditors; dealing with personal effects; selling assets which may need to be sold; reporting to, and making distributions to, the beneficiaries.

All of this work has to be carried out according to timelines under the Rules and the law.

Can I manage the estate myself?

You can administer an estate yourself provided you are organized, know the rules and have the time.

If you are managing the estate yourself, you need to be aware of various timelines and procedures involved, and ensure that you meet those requirements.

If the deceased owned any real property, you may require our assistance to help you prepare the legal paperwork to transmit the property into your name as executor, or to sell that property when the law allows you to do so.

It may be simpler or less stressful for you hire one of our lawyers to assist you with the administration of the estate.

What if there was no Will?

If there was no Will, then you will have to follow the intestacy rules when distributing the deceased’s estate. Those rules differ according to the types of beneficiaries and assets the deceased had.

Contact us and we can help you determine how to distribute an estate without a Will.

What if the deceased had no money?

It sometimes happens that a deceased person had no money on their death. Unfortunately, their debts still need to be dealt with; you can hire us to help you sort out the priorities of creditors.