Calgary Probate Lawyers

Meeting The Needs Of Families

After a loved one passes, families are left with the task of caring for his or her estate and personal effects. Even an individual appointed as executor (or "Personal Representative") may be confused about the next steps he or she is required to take from a legal perspective. At Calgary's Kirk Montoute LLP, we are here to provide assistance and guidance through the lengthy and often difficult process of probate and estate administration.

Probate Application And Fulfilling Executor Duties

In Alberta, the process of receiving grant of probate typically takes two to four months. In order to grant probate, a court must be convinced that the will is valid, it is the most recent version and the named executor has the capacity to fulfil his or her duties, including the distribution of assets.

Once probate is granted, an executor must fulfil several legal obligations towards the estate. These include filing income taxes, paying creditors and dealing with disputes among beneficiaries. In some cases, the beneficiaries can demand that the executor "pass accounts," or give an accounting of all receipts and payments from the estate. Finally, the estate assets must be distributed to the beneficiaries. The process can be daunting. Our lawyers at Kirk Montoute LLP assist executors in carrying out the wishes of the deceased.

Commitment To Effective Resolution Of Disputes

Kirk Montoute LLP is a Calgary firm of lawyers, mediators and arbitrators. We are committed to dispute resolution that keeps families out of court. Our estates work includes estate litigation, or the representation of clients in disputes over estates. We represent our clients in litigation and in alternative dispute resolution processes that seek sound solutions that minimize expense and do not work to exacerbate conflict.

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To learn more about our estate administration services, contact our probate lawyers in Calgary for a consultation. Call the firm toll free at 877-563-5295 throughout Alberta or contact us online. In Calgary call 403-233-9300.