Services For Executors

As an executor, you have been given a serious responsibility of carrying out another person's final wishes. You will be expected to put the interests of the beneficiaries above your own, and carry out your duties quickly and efficiently and cost-effectively.

If you are like many executors, this may be the first time you are carrying out any of these duties. You may be confused and inexperienced, and unsure of what to do.

You may also be dealing with grief and confusion yourself. Many executors are close friends of the deceased, or family members. You will be expected to put aside your own needs in order to serve the needs of other beneficiaries, who may also be in distress.

The mixture of inexperience, confusion and grief can be a recipe for disaster.

After a death, most people are dealing with high emotions, which may include fear for the future. If the beneficiaries find there is something wrong with the will, or feel that they should be getting their part of the estate more quickly than they are, you may be caught in the crossfire.

At Lunny Atmore LLP, we can step in.

Avoiding Trouble

Our lawyers can help you understand your duties, or carry them out. These include:

  • Applying to administer the will
  • Dealing with probate
  • Locating beneficiaries and creditors
  • Locating and evaluating all assets, including bank accounts, property, insurance policies and investments
  • Distributing property, including real estate
  • Dealing with life insurance, credit card companies and utility companies
  • Filing income tax returns
  • Keeping accurate records for the beneficiaries

Facing Trouble

If you are involved in a legal challenge, over your duties or over the will itself, we can:

  • Explain the position of the challengers
  • Help you communicate with the other side and see if the situation can be salvaged
  • Help you carry out your duties if the dispute is about your role
  • Help you figure out how to defend the will if it is being challenged by the spouse or children
  • Represent you in court

Contact Lunny Atmore LLP

Call us at 604-259-1678 or by email. Our firm provides comprehensive services for executors in Vancouver and surrounding areas of British Columbia.