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Surrey Estate Administration Lawyers

As the administrator or executor of an estate, you have legal obligations. The process of estate administration may seem straightforward; however, technical requirements imposed by various pieces of legislation must be met. In addition to these requirements, executors and administrators are exposed to potential personal liability under the Income Tax Act and the creditors of a deceased. Retaining a lawyer to guide you through the process of estate administration can help you perform your duties with greater efficiency, as well as provide you with protection from personal liability.

Duties of a Personal Representative

The personal representative of an estate, also known as the administrator or executor, has many responsibilities, including:

  • Gathering in and safeguarding the assets of the estate
  • Paying the debts of the estate
  • Distributing assets to beneficiaries
  • Filing the deceased's final tax return
  • Cancelling the deceased's charge accounts and subscriptions
  • Informing government agencies, such as Canada Pension Plan, about the death
  • Preparing an estate accounting for the beneficiaries

Depending on the deceased's assets, it may also be necessary to apply to the Court for a Grant of Letters Probate or Letters of Administration. Consulting with a lawyer early in the estate administration is important.

Legal Advice for Estate Administration

At Brawn Karras & Sanderson, our Surrey estate administration lawyers assist clients with all aspects of the administration process.

In addition to our partner Kim Karras, who has practiced in this area for more than 25 years, an associate lawyer at our firm also advises clients on estate administration. Our team also includes two staff members specifically dedicated to this area of practice.

White Rock Probate Lawyers

To speak with a member of our firm, contact us online or call us at 604-259-1620 or toll free at 877-470-7535.