The legal process of Probate is how the legal system checks to see that a will really is your final will, that it is not a forgery, and that all of your final business is completed according to law, including payment of taxes, payment of creditors, and payment of the people named in your Will according to what you wrote in your will. Having an experienced Probate and administration lawyer in Burnaby can help solve your troubles and issues and ensure that your Probate process is complete with fewer headaches and setbacks.
James K Fraser is an experienced lawyer you can rely upon for the Probate process in Burnaby and elsewhere in the Lower Mainland and B.C. With his years of experience, he has the expertise to offer suitable solutions and services. Approach us if you need efficient help in this field.
“Administration” is a process similar to Probate which the courts use when someone dies without a will. It can take longer and cost more, because if there is no Will, inflexible government rules may govern the distribution of your net estate. But it works, and in the end, it will distribute a deceased person's estate.
Many people fear Probate and try to avoid it by transferring their assets to their children or other people. But Probate isn't a bad process. It protects your assets from other people who are not entitled to them.
Some people also tell you that Probate is very expensive and that "the government takes everything in Estate taxes." That statement is false. Estate taxes were abolished in B.C. in 1976. There are no Estate taxes in B.C. Anyone applying for Probate in B.C. must pay probate fees to the court, but those fees are set at 1.4% of the total value of your Estate.
That is cheap, but some people ask, why bother paying that price? Answer: it is the price somebody else (your fortunate heirs) pays so that you can retain full enjoyment and control over all of your assets until the end of your life.
We always urge people to keep their property, not give it away, but also to make a Will that disposes of it after they die. Your property belongs to you as long as you are alive; you don't have any obligation to give it to anyone else until after you are gone. So keep it.
In B.C., the law requires that a Grant of Letters Probate and Administration can only be made by one of the numerous local registries of the B.C. Supreme Court. A Grant of Letters Probate and Administration is made by a “Court Desk Order,” i.e. without having to go to a trial or any court appearance.
Applications for Probate or Administration are careful, detailed documents that list all assets and liabilities of the Estate, and they must be supported by sworn documents called Affidavits, which are written according to the Court's rules and forms.