Trusted and Experienced Calgary Wills Lawyers
Writing a will may not be an enjoyable experience but having the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your family and loved ones are taken care of before death or illness makes it all worthwhile. Creating a valid and enforceable will, and keeping it up-to-date, is a critical step in planning for the future and is one of the best legacies you can leave for your family.
The highly-experienced and strategic Calgary estate lawyers at DBH Law can help you draft or update your will to reflect the needs of your family and your estate, no matter its size or complexity. Our responsive and concise approach to our work makes the process of will and estate planning easy for our clients.
When you work with DBH Law, you benefit from more than 25 year of experience, and our personalized approach to client service. You’ll work directly with “your” lawyer every step of the way. We don’t use teams unless it’s absolutely necessary, and our cost-effective fees make sure your estate gets the protection it deserves without costing you more than it should.
The Importance of Having an Up-to-Date Will
A valid and current Will is an important part of a complete Estate plan. A Will gives you control over the distribution of your estate, the care of your children, the transition of any businesses you may own, and any charitable donations you wish to make.
Estate planning, including the writing and updating of Wills, is something everyone should ensure they look after. Wills should not be reserved for the extremely wealthy or for those with significant assets to distribute after their death. Newly married or cohabitating couples, couples who are planning to start a family, and anyone else who has loved ones who they wish to protect should also consider getting Wills.
Like Estate plans, Wills should be regularly updated, particularly after major life events (marriage, birth or adoption, divorce, re-marriage, death of a partner or spouse, etc).
What Happens if You Don’t Have a Will?
Dying without a Will is known as dying “intestate.” In Alberta, the distribution of the Estate of someone who dies intestate is governed by the Wills and Succession Act rather than by their wishes alone.
This means your entire Estate would be divided amongst your next of kin, including a spouse, children, or grandchildren. That may seem fair at first glance, but it may not be what you think is best for your family and loved ones. It may cause difficulties for the loved ones of individuals who, for instance, separated from their spouse and were in a new relationship, or those who find themselves in similar situations. It could also lead to family infighting over specific assets, or who gets to administer the Estate.
Making sure you have a valid and current Will is the best way to ensure your wishes for your Estate and family are actually realized.
How We Can Help
Every family has its own specific needs when it comes to planning for the future. At DBH Law we help our clients with all the questions and concerns they may have in thinking ahead.
Whether this is your first Will, or you are re-visiting an older Will, we will help you every step of the way, ensuring your Estate is distributed as you wish while avoiding unnecessary tax obligations. Our attention to detail, experience in drafting Wills, and commitment to our clients ensures nothing is overlooked when planning your Estate.
We will work with you to carefully consider your unique situation. We’re a very practical team of lawyers, and while the academic portion of our practice is very important, the application of the law in the real world is equally important. Our pragmatic approach to the law means our clients receive competent, modern, professional service. Our cost-effective fees relative to other firms help keep our clients’ costs down without sacrificing on responsive, concise and very competent legal advice.
Find Confidence in Experienced, Professional Calgary Estate Lawyers
We take pride in the relationships we have built with our clients, and the opportunities we have to represent their legal needs as they grow and evolve. We understand your need to provide for your family and loved ones while also minimizing the taxation and chances of litigation your Estate may face. We can be reached by phone at 403.252.9937 or online and look forward to the chance to learn about what is important to you, and how we can help you achieve that.