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Estate administration: Clearance certificates

Those who have been called to administer the estate of a deceased person should know about clearance certificates. Estate administration in British Columbia means the executor or trustee has been given the duties of making sure certain things take place like the payment of taxes, paying debts and ensuring beneficiaries receive their inheritances. A clearance certificate actually paves the way for an estate administrator to distribute the assets without personal responsibility for any accounts the deceased, trust, estate or corporation may owe to the government.

Do you have grounds to contest a will?

Shock, disappointment and confusion may be just a few of the emotions you felt when you learned that your loved one's will was not what you expected. In fact, perhaps you had seen your parent's will, and the contents of the will discovered after his or her death was not the same as the one you had read. The sudden and drastic changes in the distribution of your parent's estate has raised suspicion, and you wonder if you have cause to contest the will in court.

What You Should Know About Representation Agreements

Power of attorney is commonly referenced when discussing estate matters but it’s a topic that can cause confusion. More often than not, a power of attorney gives another person the authority to act on your behalf regarding financial matters should you become incapacitated.

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