Wills, Estates & Estate Planning
Villani & Company offers comprehensive estate planning services for individuals and families throughout Powell River and surrounding areas, including drafting of wills, powers of attorney and representation agreements. We can personalize your estate plan to perfectly reflect your unique needs and circumstances. With our help, you can manage your estate during your lifetime and plan for your family’s future.
Writing a Will
While many are familiar with the concept of a will, expert consultation and planning when writing your will can help ensure that your actual intent is carried out. A will is a written document that provides instructions for your executor and ensures your family and beneficiaries know your wishes. A will describes how your estate should be distributed and explains the powers given to your executor to handle the details of your estate. A will is also an important document for families with young children as you can name a guardian to care for your minor children after your death.
Amending Your Will
A codicil is a written document that contains a short amendment to an existing will. In limited circumstances, when contemplating a very minor change, a codicil may be effective in carrying out your intent. Meeting with one of Villani & Company’s wills and estate planning lawyers can help you decide the best way to update your will.
Powers of Attorney
If you become temporarily or permanently incapacitated, a power of attorney can be an invaluable document. A power of attorney allows you to appoint a person to act on your behalf in financial and legal matters. Our lawyers can discuss your individual needs and help tailor a power of attorney to fit your particular situation. You will appreciate the peace of mind that comes from thoughtful, appropriate pre-planning.
Healthcare decision making can be stressful, especially when families are unsure of your wishes and uncertain about who should make decisions. We can draft a representation agreement on your behalf so you can choose who will make decisions about your care should you become unable to act on your own volition.
A trust is a fiduciary arrangement where a trustee holds assets on behalf of a beneficiary or a group of beneficiaries. The trustee has an obligation to carry out specific duties with regard to the property or has been given specific powers affecting the disposition of the property for the benefit of the beneficiaries. We can provide assistance with trust related matters including:
A committee is a person appointed by court order to manage the financial estate and personal affairs of an individual who has been found to be incompetent and unable to manage their own affairs by two medical doctors. If you have a family member or loved one who is in need of a committee, our lawyers can prepare a committee application and obtain a court order appointing a committee.
Estate Administration & Probate
Handling an estate on your own can be complicated and overwhelming. We can help with all aspects of estate administration, from determining what steps need to be taken, ascertaining assets to preparing and filing applications for administration or probate, paying creditors, distrusting estate assets, accounting for executor and estate expenses and closing estates. Villani & Company can also assist in the transfer of property to surviving joint tenants.
Speak to a Lawyer Experienced in Wills & Estates Administration
Get legal advice and service from a Powell River estate planning lawyer — call Villani & Company, today! We’re local, so home and hospital visits are available.
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