Wills & Estates Law
Prepare for the future with our expert wills and estates law services.
Our team has 40 years of experience in the field, ensuring you get the legal protections and guidance you need to make informed decisions for your family.
Whether you’re looking to leave assets behind or plan your long-term care, we have the knowledge and skills to help you succeed.
The Benefits of Preparing a Will
Ensure Your Assets and Estate Will Be Distributed Accordingly
Outline Powers of an Attorney or Executor
Speed up Legal Processing
What Should You Include In A Will?
An executor is someone you trust to execute your will according to your wishes. This will prevent court involvement and ensure your estate and assets are distributed according to your wishes.
Beneficiaries and Specific Gifts
Deciding the people who will receive your estate and assets and how they will be distributed among them will prevent government involvement when executing your will.
A Guardian for Dependents and Pets
Designating a guardian to legally, morally, and financially care for your children and pets will prevent unnecessary court involvement and stress on your loved ones' lives.
Funeral and Burial Wishes
If you have a specific funeral and burial wish, stating it in your will can help your loved ones have peace of mind when laying you to rest.
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If you would like us to take care of your will and estate-related matters, this form can give you an idea of how to prepare your will. Please read through it, fill it out, and bring it when you visit our office.
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Frequently Asked Questions
About Wills & Estates Law
How much does it cost to make a will?
The legal fees for creating a will in Alberta range from $450-$1,500. Additional fees may also apply if you would like to update your will.
Do I need a lawyer to make my will?
You do not need a lawyer to make your will. However, having a lawyer create your will can be beneficial if you have a complex estate or would like to add special clauses to your will. Having a lawyer prepare and execute your will with you also insures its legitimacy.
What other fees apply to making a will?
It is sometimes required that one of the witnesses to a formal Will provide an Affidavit of Witness in the prescribed form and there may be a minor cost to obtain this document.
Do I have to notarize my will?
A will does not have to be legal or notarized to be executed. However, if it requires probate, you will be asked to provide an affidavit of witness.
What happens if you don’t prepare a will?
If you do not prepare a will in advance, the government will decide how to distribute your estates, assets, and debts and who your appointed executor will be according to provincial laws.
In Alberta, the government uses the Wills and Succession Act, which means your spouse, children, parents, siblings, and nieces and nephews will inherit your estate and assets in that order of succession. Their share will depend on their relationship and if they are still living.