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The following links are those that I think you'll find interesting and useful as you research further into your legal questions:


Butler Wills and Estates Consulting Services (Lynne's webpage)


Advocacy Centre for the Elderly

Alberta Land Titles Procedure Manual and precedents

Alberta Personal Directives Registry

Alberta Probate Kit

Alzheimer Society of Canada

BC Coalition to Eliminate Abuse of Seniors

BC Land Title Information

BC - Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry

BC Probate forms 

BC wills registry

CANlii (free legal research site)

Canada Revenue Agency - how to get a Clearance Certificate

Canada Revenue Agency - what to do when someone has died

Canadian Donor's Guide - list of all registered charities in Canada

Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse

Death certificate - all provinces and territories

Driving - is it time for a senior you know to stop driving?

Executor's compensation rules

HeirSearch

Lynne's books

Lynne's Facebook page

Lynne's LinkedIn profile

Lynne's online seminars

Manitoba Community Legal Education

National Initiative for Care of the Elderly (NICE)

New Brunswick Public Legal Education and Information Service

Newfoundland Law Books

Newfoundland and Labrador Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse

Newfoundland and Labrador Public Legal Education

Newfoundland Registry of Deeds fee schedule

Newfoundland and Labrador Seniors' Resource Centre

Ontario Community Legal Education

Ontario Estate Information return - form

Ontario Estate Information return - guide to completing the form

Ontario land titles forms

Ontario Power of Attorney Information and Kit

Ontario probate forms, fillable online

Ontario Probate Kit

Quebec common law rights

PEI Public Legal Information Association

PEI Registry of Deeds

Probate forms - Nova Scotia (downloadable - includes form for release)

Probate forms - PEI

Probate Records Search - Alberta

Probate Records Search - British Columbia

Probate Records Search - Manitoba

Probate Records Search - New Brunswick

Probate Records Search - Newfoundland and Labrador

Probate Records Search - Northwest Territories

Probate Records Search - Ontario

Probate Records Search - Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan land titles manual

Saskatchewan Public Legal Education Association

Self-Counsel Press

Yukon estate administration guides and forms

Yukon Land Titles Forms


21 comments:

  1. Help please, what documents do beneficiaries get when the estate is done. Do they get only the financial papers or a copy of every thing in the admin file?

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    1. Hi Val,

      It would be very unusual for a beneficiary to get a copy of everything in the executor's file. At the end of the estate, a residuary beneficiary receives the financial accounting and a release.

      During the course of the estate, hopefully very early on, the residuary beneficiaries should have received a copy of the application for probate, which includes a copy of the will and a copy of the estate inventory.

      If the residuary beneficiaries need more information to back up the financial accounting, they can certainly ask to see anything in the executor's file, none of which is secret in any way. For example, sometimes beneficiaries want to see appraisals on the house, tax returns, or statements showing how much interest was earned on investments.

      Beneficiaries who are not residuary beneficiaries don't get anything.

      Lynne

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    2. Hi Lynn,
      What step can myself and my siblings take (we are issues) if we are not satisfied with the Estate statement?
      We have legally requested financial statements and accounting and have not received, so we will not sign release.
      Is there a form from the manitoba court of Queen’s Bench that we can fillout, so the court order's the executor to follow through on our request?
      Thanks,
      Teresa

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    3. Hi Lynn,
      What step can myself and my siblings take (we are issues) if we are not satisfied with the Estate statement?
      We have legally requested financial statements and accounting and have not received, so we will not sign release.
      Is there a form from the manitoba court of Queen’s Bench that we can fillout, so the court order's the executor to follow through on our request?
      Thanks,
      Teresa

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    4. I wish it were as simple as filling in a form. The step you want to take is to compel the executor to pass his accounts in the court. I strongly recommend using a lawyer for this, as the paperwork can be complex. The basic concept of the application is to make the executor get in front of the judge and explain his transactions. The judge can approve or not approve. If he does not approve, the judge can impose certain things on the executor, such as time limits to do things, or ordering that he is to go without executor compensation. Another important point that the lawyer will cover is who is going to pay the legal fees for the application. If the executor's accounting doesn't meet with approval and it can be shown that you wouldn't have had to go to court without his lack of cooperation, then the judge can order that the executor pay the fees personally. Always keep in mind though that the executor gets to tell his side of the story too, and his view of you may not be as favourable as you hope.

      Lynne

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  2. Hi, do you know where I can obtain a sample financial accounting and a sample release for the residuary beneficiaries?

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    1. Check out my book called Alberta Probate Kit, even if you are not in Alberta, because it includes all the forms an executor may use to prepare an accounting in any province.

      There is no one form of release that is acceptable in all provinces. Each has its own form.

      Lynne

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  3. It's been more then a year since the will has gone through. But last year after the will went thro . My mom who was the excutor of the will also came to me (as we were still living together) said your Nana made a second will but it wasn't sign before she passed away in that will it said my mom got the house . As the will that went thro said the house was to be split 60-40 between us . So she threaten me with our relationship say if I wasn't to sign over the house to her we would no longer have the relationship. As I was addicted to drugs(opiates) at the time and thought to this day I would still have a relationship with my mother . I went to the lawyer sign this one piece of paper saying I sign over the house . 3 months later she kicks me out . And today she turns around and is selling that house . Also in the will it mean 60 - 40 was to be divided of the estate . I'm pretty sure that how it was read but I was never given a copy of the will or anything I found it laying around in my mom stuff . But as I was only given rrsp and that's it everything else my mom kept the car , any possessions my Nana had everything all I was given was the rrsp . I really don't know if there is anything I can do . I feel like I was screwed over . I know it's been awhile but I didn't realize all this as I was a drug addict at the time until 6 months ago . Now I'm clean and everyone is bring the will and that up and I really would like to know if I was screwed over but then I feel it's been to long since everything went through. I hope it makes sense to you ..

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  4. It's interesting that no one has commented. Assuming your account (story) is accurate then I would say'perhaps you got screwed' no less, by your mother.
    I am sure there is a lot more to this story,

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  5. I'm lost. My father is a Canadian citizen but lives in Germany. He has money in a bank account in Alberta. He is now 91 and very confused. Ideally I would like to access his money now to pay for care home fees. Assuming he passes away before the money is gone, do I have to get probate in Alberta? Would that mean visiting Canada to do so (I'm in the UK). There's not much money and I would rather not see it wasted.

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    1. You would have to obtain paperwork in Alberta in order to have the funds released to you, but I don't think that you would have to travel to Canada. You would be able to hire a lawyer in Alberta to act as your agent to take care of the paperwork and the legwork for you.

      The reason I've said "paperwork" and not "probate" is that there is a possibility that the bank will release the funds using an indemnity form rather than going through probate. You cannot force them to do so, but if they are willing, this can save a lot of time and money. They are open to using this system when the asset they hold is the only one in the estate, and it's not very large. They sometimes do this really as a customer service so that they don't deplete a small account in legal and court fees. If you hire an Alberta lawyer who works in estates, he or she should be familiar with the process and know how to ask for it.

      I practiced law in Edmonton, Alberta for years so if it's in that part of the province, I can give you a few names to try.

      Lynne

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  6. My mother had a small mortgage portfolio that totaled around 300.000 dollars. The notes were held through my brothers mortgage company. She acted as the lender to these people. She has passed away and monthly payments still come in toward repayment of those mortgage loans. My mothers will named all 3 of us children as executors. My brother refuses to talk about the money still coming in on the notes my mother held and acts as if they are not part of the estate because his company drew up the paperwork. The will states that the mortgages are to be divided between us but he is only quoting amounts at the time of her death and not whats coming in or interest. Is there any way I can force my brother to sell the contents of the mortgage portfolio to another mortgage company so my moms estate can be settled?

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    1. Yes, I think you probably could force him by taking him to court. The basis for your application would be that he is an executor who is a) not sharing information with other executors, and b) he is holding up the estate so that it cannot be distributed. I would suggest that you use a lawyer for this, because there really are a lot of things that a judge could order in this case, and you want to be prepared for any of them. For example, the judge may decline to order your brother to sell the portfolio, but might order him to divulge the information by a certain date or to take other steps.

      Lynne

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  7. My mother passed away 27 years ago. Assets consisted of family home, and small bank account.
    The named trustees are two of her 19 adult children.

    The will states that the family home is for use of the 19 children, and that if/when trustees decide to sell the Home, the monies are to be distrubuted equally amongst the 19 children.

    One of the trustees has lived in the home for 27 years without paying rent, and doing no maintenance on the property. Trustees have not provided an accounting of funds in bank account.

    Since the death of my mother in 1989 (27 years ago),
    two of the 19 children have died.

    If/when the trustees decide to sell the family home, what are tax implications for the estate? Are there any tax implications for the beneficaries?


    Thank you for your time

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  8. where can i get an NC2 form editable form, I have all the forms however my NC2 is not editable. I do not ean to buy book or kits, i already have teh QP version and surrogte rules - Thanks

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    1. I don't know of an online, editable NC2.

      Lynne

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  9. I am an adult living with my mother who is now in the hospital terminally ill. I have always lived with her. I am co-executor of her will with one of my sisters. There are six children all together, and the estate is to be divided equally among us. Is there a way I can retain the house, or do we have to sell it and divide the amount? If selling is definite, is there a way to deduct my share as a down payment to buy out the others?

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    1. Hi Sandra,
      You don't necessarily have to sell the house to a stranger. The house can be sold to you, using your share of the estate as your down payment. If your share of the estate is not enough to cover the entire value of the house, you'd have to come up with the rest of the money yourself to pay out your siblings.

      Just so you know, if you do buy the house from the estate, you are NOT buying the contents of the house. Those would still have to be divided as they are not part of the house.

      Lynne

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    2. I have a friend who passed away. She had declared bankruptcy six months prior to this. In 2007 she had taken out an insurance policy to cover funeral expenses, can this cheque be used to cover funeral expenses or is it taken by the bankruptcy company to cover her debts from bankruptcy?

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  10. Hi Lynn,
    My father just died and didn't leave a Will. His common law wife is already making decisions on how his estate should be used ( his estate mainly consists of their family home and savings). I had assumed everything went to my Dad's common law wife, but on further research it seems like I may have rights as well. Do you have insights on that issue?

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    1. There are a few things to take into account. Anything he owned jointly with his CL will go to her by right of survivorship.

      If he owned things such as life insurance or RRSPs, they will go to the person he named at the time he bought them. If he had a pension, most likely his CL would be the beneficiary.

      The reason I mention those things first is that you could only have rights to assets that are in the estate. The things I mentioned above are NOT in the estate. So, a lot will depend on whether the house was jointly owned and whether their savings account was jointly owned. Things that WILL be in the estate might include accounts or investments in his name only, life insurance that is payable to the estate, his vehicle (and things like boats, trailers, snowmobiles), and his personal goods. If he owned a business, his shares of the business would be in the estate.

      That's the first major consideration. The next thing to factor in is which province he lived in. Where there are assets that are not jointly owned, the province sets the rules about whether the CL spouse has any inheritance rights or any special rights to the family home.

      So, it's possible that you have rights but the answer will depend on the facts of your father's case.

      Lynne

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