Wills & Estate Planning

Pax Law will help you create a will, estate plan, or trust that meets your specific needs and goals. We’ll also advise you on any laws, taxes or other associated expenses that could have an impact on your estate.

Our estate planning lawyers work with both individual and corporate clients to create and implement comprehensive structures for the transfer of assets to the next generation, to charities, or to other third parties. Our estate planning lawyer can collaborate with other advisors such as accountants, tax planners, investment advisors, and family enterprise advisors, to craft integrated planning strategies.

Leaving a legacy is one of the most fulfilling things you can do in life. With the help of Pax Law, you can ensure that your wealth and assets are distributed in the way you want after you’re gone.

Your Will or Last Testament

A will or a Last Testament provides you with an opportunity to decide who looks after your affairs if you become incapacitated in one way or the other, or after you die. This legal document will also indicate your wishes as to who inherits your estate. Proper drafting of a will is essential to its validity, effectiveness, and functionality. In BC, we have the Wills Estates and Succession Act, Division 6 of which permits courts to modify wills should it be necessary. Our expertise can ensure you that your Will will perform as you indented to do so. Should you not have a valid will upon death, the local laws will determine how your affairs will be administered and who will inherit your estate.

Power of Attorney or POA

A will determines what happens to your assets after death, in addition, you need to plan for instances in which, due to mental infirmity or any other reason, you require someone to help you with managing financial matters while you are living. A Power of Attorney is the document that allows you to select someone to manage your financial and legal affairs while you are living.

Representation Agreement

The third document provides you with an opportunity to appoint someone who can help you in making health and personal care decisions for you. You specify when it takes effect and it contains provisions which are often referred to as a living will provisions.

What is probate?

Probate is the process by which the court confirms the validity of the will. This allows the person in charge of managing your estate, known as the executor to proceed with his or her duties. The executor would search assets, debts, and other information as the need arise. Samin Mortazavi can help you prepare the necessary documents and making the application for probate.

We offer same-day wills services. We can prepare your Last Will and Testament or Gift Deed in less than 24 hours. We can also help you with the preparation of Health Care documents, including Health Care Directive, Living Will, and Child Medical Consent. We can also help you prepare Power of Attorney, Procuration, and Revocation of Power of Attorney.

At Pax Law, we’re dedicated to protecting and enforcing our clients’ rights. We’re well-known for our advocacy skills and tirelessly fighting our clients’ corners.

FAQ

How much does a will cost in Vancouver?

Depending on whether you retain the services of a qualified lawyer or go to a notary public for assistance and based on the complexity of the state, a will in Vancouver might cost between $350 and thousands of dollars.

For example, we charge $750 for a simple will. However, the legal fees can be significantly higher in files where the testator has significant wealth and complicated testamentary wishes.

How much does it cost to make a will with a lawyer in Canada? 

Depending on whether you retain the services of a qualified lawyer or go to a notary public for assistance and based on the complexity of the state, a will in Vancouver might cost between $350 and thousands of dollars.

For example, we charge $750 for a simple will. However, the legal fees can be significantly higher in files where the testator has significant wealth and complicated testamentary wishes.

Do you need a lawyer to make a will in BC?

No, you do not need a lawyer to make a will in BC. However, a lawyer can assist you and protect your loved ones by drafting a legally valid will and ensuring that it is properly executed.

How much does it cost to draw up a will in Canada?

Depending on whether you retain the services of a qualified lawyer or go to a notary public for assistance and based on the complexity of the state, a will in Vancouver might cost between $350 and thousands of dollars.

For example, we charge $750 for a simple will. However, the legal fees can be significantly higher in files where the testator has significant wealth and complicated testamentary wishes.

Can a notary do a will in BC?

Yes, notaries are qualified to assist with drafting simple wills in BC. Notaries are not qualified to help with any complicated estate matters.

Is a handwritten will legal in Canada?

In BC, if a handwritten will is properly signed and witnessed, it can be a valid will. To be properly witnessed, the will needs to be signed by the will-maker in the presence of two or more witnesses who are 19 years of age or older. The witnesses will also need to sign the will.

Does a will need to be notarized in Canada?

A will does not need to be notarized to be valid in BC. However, the will must be properly witnessed. To be properly witnessed, the will needs to be signed by the will-maker in the presence of two or more witnesses who are 19 years of age or older. The witnesses will also need to sign the will.

How much does will preparation cost in BC?

Depending on whether you retain the services of a qualified lawyer or go to a notary public for assistance and based on the complexity of the state, a will in Vancouver might cost between $350 and thousands of dollars.

For example, we charge $750 for a simple will. However, in files where the testator has significant wealth and has complicated testamentary wishes, the legal fees can be significantly higher.

How much does an estate have to be worth to go to probate in BC?

If the deceased had a valid will at the time of their death, their estate must go through the probate process regardless of its value. If the deceased did not have a valid will at the time of their death, an individual would need to apply for a grant of administration from the court.

How do you avoid probate in BC?

You cannot avoid the probate process in BC. However, you may be able to protect some of your property from the probate process. We recommend you discuss your specific circumstances with a qualified BC lawyer to receive legal advice.

Can an executor be a beneficiary in BC?

Yes, the executor of a will can also be a beneficiary under the will.

Are handwritten wills legal in BC?

If a handwritten will is properly signed and witnessed in BC, it can be a valid will. To be appropriately witnessed, the will needs to be signed by the will-maker in the presence of two or more witnesses who are 19 years or older. The witnesses will also need to sign the will.

Where should I keep my will in Canada?

We recommend you keep your will in a safe location, such as a bank safety deposit box or a fireproof safe. In BC, you can file a will notice with the Vital Statistic Agency declaring the location where you keep your will.