Wills & Estates
Probate and Letters of Administration

After the passing of a loved one, gaining access to their estate should be the least of your worries. We can help beneficiaries of an estate or those looking to administer an estate navigate their legal options and what the future looks like for you, and your loved ones.

If your loved one passed, and they arranged for a Will prior to their passing, you need to Probate the Will. The process has the probate court verify that the Will is real and enforceable, and only then will the Executor (also known as Personal Representative) be granted authority over the administration of the estate. After all taxes, debts and funeral expenses are paid, all assets are found and the estate is ready for distribution. The Executor can then distribute the estate among the recipients (i.e. beneficiaries).

If your loved one passed without a will, you will need a Letter of Administration to gain the ability to manage their estate and carry out their wishes. The process has the probate court administer a Letter of Administration, and only then will the Personal Representative be granted authority to administer the estate. After all taxes, debts and funeral expenses are paid, all assets are found and the estate is ready for distribution. The Personal Representative can then distribute the estate among the recipients (i.e. beneficiaries).

If you do not get a Probate or a Letter of Administration, even as the assigned beneficiary, you may not be granted access to the estate.

We understand that this is a very hard and frustrating time in your life and we will do our best to help ease any unnecessary stress.


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How It Works
Court Application
When you are ready, please contact to us to arrange for an application. We can ensure your application is completed appropriately and succeeds without delays. In Alberta, the cost of filing a probate or letter of administration depends on the net value of your estate but will not exceed $525. Filling out the application will take us 1 to 2 weeks to complete. At this point, we then file the application.
Grant of Probate or Letter of Administration
Next, the judge will review our paperwork and verify that the will is valid, it is the most recent version, and the named Personal Representative is capable of administering the estate. The timeframe for this step can vary, but in Calgary it currently takes approximately 4 months.
Administration of the Estate
Once you have been granted the Probate or Letters of Administration, you are now able to administer the estate. This process can take from several months to several years depending on the complexity of your loved one’s estate. As an Executor or Personal Representative, your initial obligation will start with payment of debts and locating of all property. Afterwards, you can distribute the equity amongst the recipients (i.e. beneficiaries) of the estate.
Fees
Probate and Letters of Administration
Probate/Letter of Administration $1295 + 1% of net value of estate

Flat rate does not apply to complex situations, does not include GST, probate filing fee and extra services.

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Lawyer & Notary
Anna Dunaeva

Anna perpetually works to surpass her clients' expectations. Through continuous communication, Anna delivers on her commitment to keep clients at the centre of her practice.

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