Wills & Estates Lawyer Toronto & Vaughan
Are you prepared in the event of your passing or the passing of a loved one? Last Will and testaments; corporate Wills; powers of attorney; family trusts; estate administration; succession planning and probate.
There’s a lot you can do now to avoid serious legal issues and family disputes. That’s why you need a Hummingbird Wills & Estates lawyer who will review all your details to minimize disputes and future legal costs. You need a highly respected law firm that has the knowledge and extensive experience to give you the peace of mind you need.
At Hummingbird Lawyers LLP, we pride ourselves on better serving Toronto and the GTA, because we understand that estate planning is vital for everyone, young or old, and the time is now to plan ahead.
Our Full Suite of Wills & Estates Services
Wills are an essential document to be written before death. Without a Will, your assets may not necessarily end up going to the people you thought they would.
- Your Last Will and Testament
Your Last Will and Testament outline and enforce your wishes regarding your estate. Dying without one may mean your assets will be distributed against your wishes.
- Corporate Will/Secondary Will
Having a corporate Will ensures that when you pass, your corporation’s assets will be held in trust. Separating business and personal assets make probate easier.
- Your Last Will and Testament
- Power of Attorney for Property
We put together frequently asked questions about Powers of Attorney For Property (Assets). These include, What is a Power of Attorney? Do I need two Powers of Attorney? Can a Power of Attorney be used after death? and more.
- Power of Attorney for Personal Care
We put together Commonly Asked Questions about Power of Attorney For Personal Care (Medical) so you can understand it better.
- Guardian Application
A guardianship application becomes necessary when a relative or friend
is no longer able to manage their own affairs or make their own decisions about their personal care or property.
- Family Trusts
- Henson Trusts for special needs family member
- Inter Vivos Trusts
- Succession planning for family-owned businesses; The importance of succession planning.
- Estate Planning
- Estate Administration
Probate, executor of a Will, executor of an estate, probate tax in Ontario, and everything you need to know about dying in Canada.
- Estate Litigation
Nobody wants to need an estate litigation lawyer. We explain when and why you should consult if you’re involved in an estate dispute.
- Foreign Executor
As a foreign executor, people are often told by their local lawyer that they need to “reseal probate” in Ontario or “get a grant of probate” in Ontario. Here’s what that means.
Contact Amy MacAlpine for more information about our Wills and estates services.
Administration & Estate Litigation in Toronto
Estate administration can be a lengthy and complex matter.
Hummingbird Lawyers can also assist you to administer the estate in a limited manner or completely.
No matter the issue, whether you have beneficiary disagreements, will challenge, or need the Court’s advice, Hummingbird Lawyers is there to support and guide you.
Hummingbird Lawyers can also assist you with processing a claim against the estate such as dependent claims, passing of accounts, or holding the executors accountable.
We provide excellent personal service to all of our clients and establish life-long relationships that you can rely on and trust.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Do I Need A Will?
In a case of dying without a Will, your money may not automatically go to the people you think.
You may not have provided adequately for a dependent.
Decisions regarding your minor children and their money may be influenced by someone you do not want to have involved.
The funds that your family needs could be tied up in estates court for a length of time, when they need it the most.
If you need to be officially appointed by a Court to act as an Estate Trustee, payment of an estate administration tax (“EAT”) is required. The rate of tax due is calculated based on the value of the assets of the estate that require probate. Effective January 1, 2020, no EAT will be payable on the first $50,000.00 of an estate value. Consult with the Estates team at Hummingbird Lawyers to explore what this means for you as an Executor of an Estate.
Executors beware! Effective January 1, 2020, the Ontario Government has implemented changes that will affect all that go through the probate process. In December 2014, through regulations and legislative changes the Ontario Government sought to enforce compliance with the Estate Administration Tax Act, 1998, by imposing on the Estate Trustee or Executor a duty to file a detailed inventory reflecting everything a person owned at death and the value of those assets. The form that an Estate Trustee or Executor must use to submit this information is called an Estate Information Return Form (EIR Form). Effective January 1, 2020, the deadline for filing the EIR Form to the Ontario Ministry of Finance changed from 90 days to 180 days of the issuance of the Certificate of Appointment. The time period for an Executor to report changes to the initial information reported on the EIR Form, including adjustments in value or additional asset information, has also changed from 30 days to 60 days.
Looking For A Will Lawyer?
If you are looking for an experienced Will lawyer in Toronto, Vaughan or the rest of the Greater Toronto area contact us today.
Save The Trouble, Hire A Will Lawyer Today!
We help clients determine what documents are needed to prevent these outcomes and honour your wishes.
Our services protect your wishes and the people who depend on you.
So make no mistakes! Our Vaughan and Toronto-based team will save a lot of future trouble by simply working with you on covering all small details.
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