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Wills & Estate Planning

Planning for the Future

It can be a difficult task to address what might happen to you and your family in the future. However, without a will in place, the assets that you work so hard to amass over your lifetime are distributed without your input, sometimes in ways that you may not have wished. A personalized last will and testament can also avoid misunderstandings amongst your family members and avoid unnecessary litigation, legal fees and taxes.

Proper estate planning has three primary objectives:

  1. The preservation and protection of your assets during your lifetime.
  2. The orderly and tax-effective transfer of your assets to the people and charities that you care about (your beneficiaries); and
  3. Securing your beneficiaries’ future through ongoing management of assets through trusts, after transfer to a beneficiary.

Calgary Wills and Estate Lawyers

Our wills and estates lawyers can assist you with implementing a personalized and comprehensive plan. Our services include:

Christina Hassan, TEP, Appointed District Governor for Rotary District 5360

We are proud to announce that Christina Hassan, a valued member of our Estates Team, will be assuming the prestigious role of District Governor for Rotary District 5360, overseeing southern Alberta and southwestern Saskatchewan, starting July 1st, 2024. Rotary is a global network of over 1 million people volunteering their skills and resources to solve […]

Carbert Waite LLP Lawyers Recognized as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada for 2022

Matthew Bobawasky and Eleanor Carlson have been awarded with Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.

You Need a Will? There Is a Way!

Estate planning is important to make sure your assets will be managed in the way you want after death. This article goes over the most important documents, including your will, power of attorney, and a personal directive.

When Can I Use an Electronic Signature?

Author: Fiona Balaton As the situation with COVID-19 rapidly evolves, many people are being forced to create alternative solutions to conducting business. With many people working from home and conducting meetings by video, electronic signatures are being used more frequently. Electronic Transactions Act The Electronic Transactions Act (“ETA”) sets out how electronic signatures are recognised […]

What is the Cost of a Probate Lawyer?

In Alberta, probate is the court processes that prove the validity of a will and provides the power and control to the executor (also known as a personal representative) to act on the instructions left in the will. To apply for probate of an estate, the individual seeking to be the executor must submit an application to the court.

What Is Probate and Do I Need a Probate Lawyer?

Author: Eleanor Carlson I have been named executor of an estate in Alberta – What is probate and do I need a probate lawyer? In Alberta, probate is the court processes that prove the validity of a will and provides the power and control to the executor (also known as a Personal Representative) to act […]

Estate Planning Documents: 10 Reasons to Revisit

While everyone’s situation is different, we’ve rounded up a list of 10 life events that should trigger a re-visit to your estate planning documents.

Estate Planning During COVID-19

When it comes to estate planning, being armed with the right information is key. To help, here are answers to some common questions about estate planning, including some special considerations in light of COVID-19.

No Contest Clause in Wills: MaWhinney v Scobie, 2019 ABCA 76

A no contest clause in a will is intended to discourage the beneficiaries under it from challenging the will. The clause does this by creating a condition that, typically, the beneficiary’s bequest under the will is forfeited and becomes part of the residue of the estate if they challenge the will and are unsuccessful.

10 Things to Know Before Making Your Will

Making your will can be a challenging experience. No one wants to think about death or the death of a loved one, but it’s important to have a will prepared in case of an unexpected event to ensure the handling of your estate is a straightforward and easy process for your loved ones.

Rule of Convenience

Agreeing to take on the role of personal representative (aka an executor) of an estate can be a big decision and in many circumstances, one that should not be taken lightly. This is particularly so as a personal representative has many legal responsibilities with respect to the estate he or she administers.

When a Will Does Not Represent Free Will: the Kozak Estate Case and the Law of Undue Influence

What happens when a Will appears not to be the expression of the testator’s own free will, but instead, the will of another? The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in Kozak Estate (Re), 2018 ABQB 185 recently explored just such an issue.

The Issue of “Issue”: Construction of Wills When Parentage is Contested

It is common for testators to make gifts to their “children”, “descendants” or “issue”, such as a “gift of the residue of my estate to my issue per stirpes.” Because biological lineage is, it would seem, the criterion for entitlement to such gifts, beneficiaries under a will can try to increase their share of the gift by proving that other beneficiaries, such as their siblings, are in fact not biologically related to the testator and are thus not properly members of the class of beneficiaries.


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