Thomas & Associates estate lawyers provide assistance with all types of estate planning techniques so you can develop a comprehensive plan for your future. A simple plan involves a last will and healthcare planning, both of which our attorneys can provide assistance with.
When planning for your family’s future you will be working closely with our attorneys. It is important to find an attorney you trust and who has the experience to provide advice and guidance. It is also important to find an attorney who is responsive to your questions and concerns, and who will act with your best interests in mind. Our team of estate lawyers can provide you with the assistance you require.
What is Intestacy?
When an individual dies without having a valid written will, they are referred to as having died “intestate” and their estate will be distributed according to the applicable law.
If you do not have a will, you should strongly consider making one. It might seem like another task to add onto your list but by making provision for your loved ones, this will give you the peace of mind of knowing that they will be taken care of after you are gone.
The law specifies a strict order of who should benefit from the estate of an intestate person. This order is as follows:
- Spouse or civil partner
- Children/grandchildren/great grandchildren;
- Half siblings
Generally, a surviving spouse and the children are priorities for inheritance.
Parents and siblings are usually second priority for inheritance when there may not be a surviving spouse and/or children to act as beneficiaries.
Why Have an Estate Plan?
By making an estate plan you can control how your property and affairs will be dealt with. It will ensure that your wishes are properly taken into consideration and it will make life much easier for those you leave behind.
If you don’t leave an estate plan then the law will step in and apply a rigid set of rules that will dictate what happens to your property.
Here are some more reasons to create an estate plan:
- Provide Financial Security for Family Members: The most effective way of ensuring that those closest to you are provided for after you have gone. It gives important peace of mind not only to you but also to your nearest and dearest who will know that steps have been taken to provide them with the financial security they will require.
- Avoid Inheritance Disputes: A full and proper consideration of how your dependents are going to be provided for after your death is essential if you wish to avoid an unpleasant inheritance dispute arising once you have gone.
- Possessions of Heirlooms & Gifts: If you own family heirlooms, items of sentimental value, valuable jewelry you may want to make sure that they go to a particular member of the family who will appreciate and enjoy them.
Why Choose Thomas & Associates?
At Thomas & Associates our practice is concentrated on the resolution of disputes involving wills, intestate estates (when the individual has died without leaving a will). From our office in downtown Vancouver, we represent beneficiaries, personal representatives and others in estate disputes.
We understand your need for exceptional service and solutions to your legal challenges. Our attorneys at Thomas and Associates apply client-responsive approaches to your matters. Providing solutions for a broad range of needs, we deliver highly personalized legal services in innovative ways to serve you best.
With the help of our team, you can complete your estate plan with confidence and that you have taken care of every relevant issue and tied up all loose ends.