Wills & Estate Planning

Monique was great to work with and made the whole process painless. I really appreciated her suggestions and the way she clearly laid out alternatives. She seems to really understand my situation and worked with that without pressure.

~ Jennifer – Vancouver

Checking estate planning off the to-do list gives you the peace of mind of knowing that a plan is in place to make sure that you and your loved ones will be taken care of if something happens to you. Estate planning can feel daunting but it needn’t be. In most situations, estate planning involves an initial meeting, some choices on your part and document writing on my part, and a second meeting to sign your Will and other documents, all which can often be completed in about a month. Your decisions don’t need to be perfect and can be changed – it is better to get something in place than leave things up in the air.

Although everyone benefits from an estate plan, some of the times in life when it is more common for people to focus on Wills and estate planning are when they:

  • buy or already own a home
  • get married or move in with a partner
  • have children
  • enter a new relationship and either partner has children from a previous relationship (a blended family)
  • start a business or have built a business or professional practice (medical, dental, legal)
  • receive an inheritance
  • approach retirement or have retired

A basic estate plan deals with both death and incapacity, and usually includes:

To set out how your estate is to be handled on your death

Power of Attorney
To appoint someone to handle your financial and legal affairs during your life

Representation Agreement
To appoint someone to make health and personal care decisions if you become incapable

Other estate planning tools may be recommended depending on your situation, such as trusts in the Will (testamentary trusts), separate trusts for life insurance, and trusts created during life such as joint spousal, alter ego or principal residence trusts.

Read more about the basics of estate planning