In Alberta, before a personal representative (commonly called an Executor), can distribute assets to the beneficiaries named in a Will, the Will must pass Probate. This is a court process validating the legality of a Will.
The responsibilities of the Executor often include identifying and disposing of any land, money, and possessions, settling outstanding debts or taxes, paying inheritances, and providing for the care of the deceased’s dependents. Many people hire a Probate lawyer to ease the stress of this process by handling the administration. It may surprise many people that this process can take from 6 months, up to 2 years.
In the Probate process, our job as legal counsel is to steward the process with straightforward efficiency and ease, with the least amount of complications possible. So you get back to enjoying the memories of your loved one, instead of remembering how long and hard the paperwork was.