Skilled Estate Probate Lawyers
At Thomas and Associates, our skilled estate probate lawyers provide a complete range of probate and estate administration services. These services and the advice we provide are designed to resolve the estate’s outstanding issues and distribute assets as quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively as possible.
After a loved one has died, life can get complicated for immediate family members and friends. The estate’s assets must be catalogued, certain debts may need to be paid and the remaining assets must be distributed to the estate’s beneficiaries or heirs. These tasks may require probate, which can complicate the process in significant ways.
Dealing with the estate of a loved one who has died can be very difficult, overwhelming and emotionally draining. The probate lawyers at Thomas and Associates provide a personal and sympathetic service to clients whose loved ones have died and who need expert legal assistance with probate or estate administration.
What is an Estate Probate?
Probate is the legal process by which the Last Will and Testament (“Will”) of the deceased is proved to be valid and accepted by the Supreme Court of British Columbia.
If the deceased did not leave a Will, his or her estate will be distributed according to the applicable law. The process usually involves collecting all the deceased’s assets, paying off all realizable debts and accrued taxes, and distributing the remaining assets as stipulated by law.
Is an Estate Probate Required?
Probate is not always required, and not all executors go through the probate process. However, probate should be undertaken where:
- Court approval is needed to validate the will or the chosen executor because of a dispute about who it should be.
- Where proof of an executor’s authority is required for third parties, such as banks.
- Where the estate includes a land transfer, as land registry offices will require probate to transfer land from the deceased’s name into the name of someone else.
Benefits of Having a Lawyer to Help with Probate:
Help answer your probate questions: Our attorneys can help answer your questions. The fact is that probate can be a confusing time for everyone involved; a good attorney can help to ensure that you understand the process and know what to expect.
Minimize family conflict: Probate can be a time of great conflict in families, especially when the terms of a Will are less favorable than some beneficiaries might wish. Our lawyers can help to reduce these tensions and facilitate a smoother probate process for everyone involved in the administration of the estate.
Relieve stress and simplify the process: Let’s face it when a loved one dies, the last thing that any of us want to do is go through a complicated and drawn-out legal process to administer the estate. It’s necessary, though, since debts must be settled, and assets must be passed on. The good news is that you don’t have to endure that stress on your own, or deal with the complexities without professional help.
Why Choose Thomas and Associates?
When you come to our office, you will meet our lawyers who are experienced with estate probate. Our attorneys will provide responsive and attentive service. That mean we will work directly with you throughout your case and will take the time to listen to your concerns and learn about your situation.
You can depend on Thomas and Associates for sound advice, efficient service and skillful representation. We will be there when you need us.
Thomas and Associates has experience with probate applications, estate litigation, trusts, and other legal matters. Together, our lawyers have over 38 years of combined experience representing clients in a wide variety of complex legal issues.