Executors and Trustees

Executors hold a great deal of responsibility. Named in a will, often by a close relative or other loved one, they ensure that all aspects of the deceased's estate are properly handled. If the deceased had no will, an individual can apply to be the estate administrator and will handle estate distribution and related tasks.

Administrators, executors and trustees often rely on legal advice to ensure that they are complying with their duty to the estate or trust. At Peterson Stark Scott, we have been assisting executors in Surrey and the Fraser Valley for more than 40 years. We provide practical, reliable advice and guidance to individuals who need assistance following the death of a loved one.

Responsibilities To The Estate

Executors and administrators face liability if they fail to complete the tasks required of them. These tasks can be long and detailed. A short list of the administrator's or executor's responsibilities includes:

  • Making funeral arrangements
  • Probating the will, if necessary
  • Locating and securing assets
  • Cancelling credit cards
  • Advertising for creditors
  • Selling assets
  • Locating heirs
  • Filing a final income tax return
  • Notifying Canada Pension Plan (CPP)
  • Paying debts of the estate
  • Paying leftover money to heirs
  • Writing a report for the heirs that documents estate distribution

In British Columbia, legal fees for estate administration can be paid out of the estate. Our lawyers at Peterson Stark Scott can provide you with detailed information about your role as an executor. We can also represent you if you wish to apply to be administrator of your loved one's estate, if he or she died intestate.

Let Us Assist You

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is never easy. It can be made more burdensome if you have to navigate British Columbia probate and estate law. We can help.

To learn more, call 604-588-9321 or 1-800-555-3288 or reach us online to make an appointment.