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Estate administation: The public guardian and trustee's role

Where there is a will, there is a way. And when the person named in a will to be the executor cannot take on the task of estate administration in British Columbia (nor can an intestate successor or beneficiary or any other person), the province may step in and appoint a public guardian and trustee (PGT) who may do so. This individual would follow the directives in the will.

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.

Estate administration: Suggestions for new parents

Never is the time more prudent for fashioning an estate plan than when a couple welcomes children into their family. Positive estate administration in British Columbia means have an all-encompassing estate plan even though new parents likely aren't dwelling on the future immediately after having children. It may be a wise decision, however, to have documents in place should the unforeseen happen -- especially when it comes to the guardianship of minor children.

Estate administration without help could be a daunting prospect

The time immediately after a loved one's death is a time for grieving. However, if you were appointed to handle the estate administration, you might have to suppress emotions and tackle this detailed, time-consuming process, which many people might find overwhelming. Fortunately, the lawyers at the British Columbia law firm of Garton & Harris can provide the necessary support and guidance to make sure you meet every legal duty.

The importance of talking to loved ones about an estate plan

Talking with family members about death is not an easy prospect. However, doing so can significantly limit future surprises, especially regarding an estate plan that contains important information about the last wishes of their loved one. Having that difficult discussion may actually show loved ones their welfare is paramount.

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