Thanks to a recent change in BC’s estate laws, business owners can now reduce the amount of probate fees payable by their estate by utilizing a second will. Probate usually becomes necessary because third parties, such as financial institutions, or the Land Title Office, want assurance that the executor has the authority to deal with a particular asset. Probate fees are payable to the government based on the value of the estate assets. The articles of most private companies allow for the transfer of a deceased shareholder’s shares to the estate without probate. However, if probate is required because other assets were owned solely by the deceased (such as a vehicle, bank account or real estate), the company shares must be listed in the probate application and will be subject to probate fees. If the company shares are dealt with in a separate will, probate fees for the shares are avoided. To benefit from a second will, you must appoint a different executor under each will. If you think you would benefit from dual wills, we can help.
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