Wills and Estates
A Will is a direction for the distribution of your property and the appointment of a guardian for your minor children upon your death. If you do not have a valid Will at the time of your death, then your property will be distributed according to the Intestate provisions of the Wills and Succession Act.
ENDURING POWER OF ATTORNEY
An Enduring Power of Attorney gives authority to a person that you choose to manage your financial affairs even if you become mentally incapacitated. An Enduring Power of Attorney can take effect either when it is executed OR if you become mentally incapable of managing your affairs at some time in the future. If a person becomes mentally incapable of managing his/her financial affairs and had not executed an Enduring Power of Attorney, then a Court application is required to have a Trustee appointed pursuant to the Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act.
A Personal Directive gives authority to a person that you choose to make personal and medical decisions on your behalf. A Personal Directive can only take effect if you become mentally incapable of managing your affairs. If a person becomes mentally incapable of making personal decisions and does not have a Personal Directive, then a Court application is required to have a Guardian appointed pursuant to the Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act.
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Helpful Information and Resources for Wils and estates
The linked Questionnaire summarizes the initial questions that we will further discuss with you to prepare your Will.
Prior to drafting your estate planning documents, one of our experienced lawyers will meet with you to ensure that we have all the necessary information to accurately draft your documents.