Choosing An Executor: Advice From Surrey Probate Lawyers

Everyone should have a will. Without one, legislation determines who receives your assets when you die. Your loved ones will also have to apply to a British Columbia court to administer your estate. Although many people think their property is too insignificant to warrant a will, in fact the document covers many important issues. Once you pass away, your executor will have to give effect to its provisions.

Peterson Stark Scott is a trusted law firm for families in Surrey and throughout the Fraser Valley. We help people from all walks of life create estate plans to ensure that their assets are protected and their personal wishes respected. Part of this work is advising our clients on the importance of choosing an executor whom they trust to handle their estate when they die.

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Executors plan funeral arrangements, locate and secure estate assets, pay debts, sell property and distribute proceeds to beneficiaries. The task is daunting for someone not comfortable with administrative details. While your executor can always retain a lawyer to help with his or her tasks, and indeed is advised to do so, it is important for you to give some thought as to whom is best suited to fulfill the role.

At Peterson Stark Scott, we can help you devise the testamentary document that is right for you. Our services include:

  • Wills
  • Powers of attorney
  • Representation agreements
  • Trusts

These tools, in combination, allow you to designate who will receive your assets when you die; who will act as your estate's executor; and who will speak for you on important medical, legal, financial and personal care matters if you are incapacitated.

Turning your mind to these important topics can provide you and your loved ones with valuable certainty and peace of mind. Without these documents in place, family members might have to face tough decisions in the event of your incapacity, such as appointing a committee (guardian) to make personal choices for you.

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To speak with our probate lawyers in Surrey about executors and other aspects of a will or estate plan, get in touch via phone or email. Call 800-675-2419 or 604-634-2308 or reach us online.