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Ontario estate administration: Declaring someone officially dead

Most often, there is no question that someone has died. But when someone has been missing, it's a difficult call to make, especially when dealing with estate administration duties. In Ontario, as in the rest of Canada, there are procedures to follow when declaring someone officially dead.

Estate administration: what to do when someone dies

When a loved one dies, usually the last thing on family members' minds is dealing with the legalities of the death, yet these matters should receive prudent attention. Ontario residents involved with a deceased person's estate administration should familiarize themselves with what to do in the event of a loved one's demise. Apart from doing the obvious -- like arranging the funeral and seeing that all documents are secured, like a death registration, death certificate, burial certificate, etc. -- the executor(s) of the estate should look into the situation of a will.

Estate administration can take a nasty turn when families fight

When a man or woman writes a will, it is no doubt their hope to leave enriching gifts to those whom they held most dear in life. Unfortunately, once a person has passed on, he or she has no control over what his or her relatives do. Estate administration can become lengthy and unpleasant when descendants squabble over the estate, as one celebrity family is proving right now.

Applying for a certificate of appointment? Here are some answers to basic questions.

If you are an estate executor in Ontario, then the administration of the estate may seem like an impassable web of affidavits, notices and forms. Following the correct procedure is highly important, however, and you're not alone if you feel overwhelmed by the requirements. Many estate trustees turn to an experienced estate administration lawyer for help.

A few strategies for minimizing Ontario's estate administration tax

Avoiding taxes or minimizing their impact on your estate is an essential part of comprehensive estate planning. Compared with other provinces, Ontario has a particularly high estate administration tax. However, there are strategies that a lawyer can help you implement in order to minimize your estate's tax burden.

Lawyer may be of assistance in administrating estate

Estate litigation may be prompted by multiple reasons. One of them is the manner, in which estate trustees handle the administration of the estate. While for many there may be a sense of pride in being named an estate trustee (executor) of an estate, the reality is that it is a big and sometimes difficult job.

Ways to reduce probate fees

When someone sets out to create an estate plan there are many things that person is likely taking into consideration. In many cases the main objective of the person drafting the estate plan is to make things easier for loved ones after they are gone. This objective can be accomplished by more than just providing for them financially.

Distributing an estate when there is a will

In our last post we wrote about what someone, who is responsible for distributing an estate without a will might face. In this post, we will address the opposite end of the spectrum, that is, when the deceased created an estate plan or at least wrote a will that describes how assets should be distributed.