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Planning Your Estate

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Our Wills & estate lawyers in Halifax are committed to helping you ensure that your wishes are heard. Your Will ensures that your loved ones are protected and provided for upon your passing.

You work hard your whole life. Make it count. Give your family the gift of a Will. A properly planned estate avoids expensive legal fees so there is more to leave for your loved ones. 

If you die without a Will, you may leave your family in disarray because there is no “legal point person”. For example, there is no one to access your bank account after you die or transfer your home’s title to the next generation.  Without this document, your family may need to make a court application at the Supreme Court to appoint a person, which could cost a considerable amount. Our estate lawyers in Halifax will ensure that everything is accounted for and that this process goes as smoothly as possible.

If you have suffered a stroke and have no power of attorney, your spouse, for example, may be required to make a guardianship application. This application will cost your loved ones at least $5,000 (and that is when there is no conflict).

A living Will provides your loved ones with guidance on how to respect your medical wishes when you are unable to communicate them yourself.   For example, if you are in a coma and have a heart attack, do you want to have CPR to bring you back to your previous state?  For these types of situations, a living Will provides direction for your medical decision-maker and the medical establishment.

Talk to our Halifax Wills and estate lawyers today — we are here to open doors and give you access to the legal services you need.

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Our Wills & Estate Planning Team

Shawn Scott was rated “3 Best Rated” Wills and Estate Lawyer in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Our estate planning team has the expertise and experience to help you design a plan for the future that reflects your wishes and values. We are committed to providing you with high-quality legal services and peace of mind, knowing that your family will be well-protected and supported.

Wills & Estate Planning - Flat Fees

Control your legal costs with our flat fee services:

Last Will and Testament $375 + HST
Power Of Attorney (POA) - $175 + HST
Living Will or Personal directive (PD) $175 + HST
Estate Package: Will, POA, PD $645 + HST
Last Will and Testament $575 + HST
Power Of Attorney (POA) 350 + HST
Living Will or Personal directive (PD) $350 + HST
Estate Package: Will, POA, PD $945 + HST

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Wills & Estate Attorney Halifax

One of the goals of estate planning is to create a Will which acts as a plan to identify the guardian of your children and how assets and wealth are distributed.  A Will also clarifies that debts must be paid before the gifts are released.

A Will must meet specific drafting and signing requirements in order to be legal. Therefore, it should be done with a lawyer to ensure its validity and to ensure your wishes cannot be overturned.

The benefits of using a Halifax estate planning lawyer may include:

  • reducing probate fees
  • ensuring a valid Will
  • ensuring your children are emotionally and financially taken care of upon your death according to your wishes.

A properly planned estate requires a Will, power of attorney, and personal directive.

  • Your last Will and testament details your final wishes and the distribution of your estate to those you care about most.
  • Your power of attorney is a document that allows you to appoint a trusted friend or family member to run your financial affairs if you cannot because of injury, loss of capacity, or you don’t feel like it.
  • Your personal directive is also known as a medical directive. This is a legal document that appoints someone to make medical care decisions on your behalf if you cannot.

Estate lawyers typically prepare three documents: a Will, a Power of Attorney and a Personal Directive. These documents appoint someone to step into your position if you are unable or unwilling to respond. A Will appoints a legal representative after death. A Power of Attorney appoints an alternate financial decision-maker to act for you while you are living. A Living Will/Personal Directive appoints someone to make your medical decisions if you cannot make them yourself.

A Wills and Estate lawyer must file extra court paperwork (i.e., an “application”) with the probate registry to appoint a person to handle the estate. These applications typically cost at least $2,000.
An executor (personal representative) is an individual appointed to carry out the instructions in your Will. Their power takes effect immediately upon your death. They are responsible for implementing your Will. They ensure the payment of debts and then transfer your assets to the beneficiaries.

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