Estate Planning

Wills and Estate Planning

Making a Will is one of the most important things you will do in your lifetime. There is great peace of mind in knowing that clear, legally valid instructions will govern how your estate will be dealt with after your death. Planning for your death is an extraordinary gift you can give to your loved ones.

While a Will is important, at Beacon Law Centre it is only one part of your comprehensive estate plan. We review the potential for claims against your estate under the Wills Variation Act and other statutes, and discuss ways of avoiding these claims. We review your entire financial situation with a view to minimizing income and probate taxes on death, and help you implement appropriate strategies. We provide advice on choosing your executor and trustee. We review the benefits of making a representation agreement and power of attorney in the event of disability. A “living will” or health care directive might also be part of your plan.

Finally, we prepare your Will and other estate planning documents in plain language, not legalese.

Committeeship Applications

If an individual is no longer competent to manage his or her affairs, a committee (com-mit-tee) may be required to act on that person’s behalf. The committee is usually a close family member appointed by the court. If you require assistance with the application or have questions about the process, please call us.

Elder Care

It is important that people have someone capable and trustworthy in their life to assist them in their senior years.  If you don’t have close family or friends, or do not wish to burden them, we can help with your legal, financial and health care matters, to ensure that your needs are met and to help you live as independently as possible.

Legal Information

Testimonials

I can’t say enough about our satisfaction with Lianne Macdonald. She was extremely patient and understanding and helped us attain our wishes with our will. She gave legal advice but helped us to fulfill our wishes in a way that worked for us.

B.L.

Del was patient, considerate, listened to my issues and treated me with professionalism and respect. Del put in extra thought in drawing up my will by thinking through the legal consequences of different options.

D.M.

I wanted to say thank you for your help with making out our wills. We have not needed legal advice until now so I was not looking forward to searching for a lawyer that I trust. You made the whole process easy to understand and my wife and I feel that, with your guidance, we were able to make the proper decisions in regards to our children’s future. I would have no problem recommending you as you are friendly, professional, you listened to our needs, and you are affordable. Thank you for helping us know that our children will be safe and secure if we aren’t around to take care of them.

C.V.

This is just a quick note to let you know how much we appreciated your personal service in preparing a power of attorney for my mother last month. As you know, Mom is quite challenged with the English language and she needs a lot of clarifications. Your draft given to her ahead of time, your use of regular language rather than legalese and your patience with her in your office meant so much to her. She was just as much at ease as when she conducts business in her native French language. So, once again, many thanks for the human touch.

G.D.