When an individual passes away, the responsibility of settling their estate often falls upon the estate trustee. Estate administration entails the tasks of gathering and managing the deceased person’s assets, settling outstanding debts and taxes, and distributing the remaining property to the beneficiaries specified in the individual’s Will. We have found recently an increase in family members requiring our assistance as there is no Will and special forms must be completed and provided to the court, banks and the land registrar so the family may administer the estate. As an executor, this may be your first or second experience handling such matters, here at Racine Law our experience is an asset to many of our clients.
At Racine Law, we understand the challenges and stress that can accompany this process, and we are here to provide guidance and support during this difficult time in your life. We strongly recommend engaging the services of a lawyer to obtain a Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee, previously known as ‘Probate’. Furthermore, there are instances where executors may need to account for their actions, and we can assist you in completing the necessary court forms and navigate the process as your representative.