Enlisting the expertise of an estate lawyer provides hardworking people with the ability to ensure their loved ones are secure in the event of their passing. Everyday people believe that simply executing a last will and testament effectively manages their estate. While that document has value, the guidelines continue to evolve, and smart decisions require a skilled estate planning lawyer. At George, Murray, Shipley, Bell, LLP, we provide determined legal services to our Sarnia-Lambton community members including the development of estate plans and establishment of trusts.
Administration of Wills & Estates
At George, Murray, Shipley, Bell, LLP, we understand that the outcome of estate planning services has a deeply personal impact on your family. That’s why we take the time to listen to the wishes of our valued community members and craft an estate plan that best achieves your goals. Our team of estate planning lawyers offers families in Southwestern Ontario legal support and services relating to estate planning, including:
- Power of Attorney for Property and Personal Care
- Planned Giving
- Development of a Tax-Efficient Estate Plan
- Wills & Register of Wills
Developing an Estate Plan for Your Assets
It’s not uncommon for people to say things like, “I want everything to go to my children or spouse.” But turning that idea into an act of kindness that is fully supported by legal documents and current estate law can be quite complicated. There is no one-size-fits-all file you can download and fill out. Bringing the subtleties of your vision and unique assets into a legally actionable estate plan requires legal precision. We begin by listening to your goals, compiling information, and making a full inventory of assets. These are estate litigation strategies we can put to work for you.
Benefits of Estate Planning:
Customize Your Will:
This legally binding document can often be refined to seamlessly transfer assets to your beneficiaries. It also requires routine updating as your portfolio changes and grows. Our lawyers will ensure that your loved ones are covered.
Our lawyers will provide a consultation that weighs the pros and cons of the various types of trusts so that you can make an informed decision.
Avoid Probate Fees:
Although wills are often reviewed by Probate, there are changes you can make to how assets are held. Consulting with experienced probate lawyers can result in avoiding unnecessary fees.
Match Legal Instruments:
A diverse financial portfolio can often utilize a variety of estate strategies to maximize the benefit your loved ones receive. We make a full review of your holdings, wishes, and advise you on the best way to achieve your goals.
Ongoing Estate Planning:
The first step toward protecting your loved ones is to create a detailed estate plan. Our legal team checks-in with asset management and life changes. We believe estate planning is important to revisit on an annual basis or when circumstances mandate.
Power of Attorney:
It’s essential to authorize someone you trust to fulfill your personal and financial wishes if you are unable. We craft the legal documents necessary to empower someone you trust.
Legal Assistance for Estate Trustees
The loss of a loved one is never easy, and the process of estate administration can be challenging. Estate trustees are to ensure that all assets are distributed correctly as well as overseeing the passing of account of the estate. In the event that you are named the executor of a will, our professional estate & administration lawyers will work with you through the administrative duties and court proceedings related to the estate.
Experienced Estate Planning Lawyers in Sarnia, Ontario
If you have not completed a detailed estate plan or need to update an existing one, contact the team of legal professionals at George, Murray, Shipley Bell, LLP.