Being an Estate Trustee (Executor) is not an honour, it’s a job; one that is not only technically complex but emotionally taxing. Our team of estate professionals guides Executors to successfully perform their responsibilities.
Executor Services & Estates
Executor Services & Estates
Navigating your responsibilities as an Estate Trustee can be remarkably complex. At Brown Lawyers, our team of estate professionals will guide you successfully through the provision of initial orientation and provide ongoing support. We can often take on many executor responsibilities to alleviate the time, stress, and emotional burden on an executor and the family.
Our goal is to encourage and help maintain healthy emotional connections during a difficult time. By focusing on pragmatic and transparent strategies with an emphasis on accountability, we help make the experience as rewarding as possible
Frequently Asked Questions
An estate consists of all assets (property, stocks, money, etc.) as well as all liabilities (bills, debts, expenses, etc.) that are left by the deceased.
Probate is the legal procedure through which the court:
- Grants an individual the formal authority to act as the Estate Trustee (Executor).
- Confirms the authority of an Estate Trustee (Executor) to act on behalf of the deceased.
- Formally approves that the deceased’s will as their Last Will and Testament.
I believe I am the Executor but I cannot find the Will. Is the Will necessary for me to fulfil my responsibilities?
The Will is necessary to legally confirm your authority as the Executor. You should refrain from taking any action without seeking legal advice. Preparing the Probate application for the appointment of an Estate Trustee when there is no Will is often much more complex than when there is a Will. Technically no one will have the authority to handle the estate until appointed by the court.
What our clients are saying
Alongside my mom, I had the pleasure of working with Andrew at Brown Lawyers to help with family estate planning. The non binary and more personal approach that Brown Lawyers has is refreshing and helped put anxieties at ease during a difficult time. I wouldn't hesitate in the slightest to recommend to anyone that they get into contact with Brown Lawyers for all things Estate Planning. Thank you Andrew for making this process a "not so scary" one.Jay CatlinProfessionalism
Have you been asked to be an Executor for someone's estate? Are you honoured? Nervous about the time it will take or the complexity of the process? Worried about meeting expectations of the family, the beneficiaries and ultimately respecting the intended wishes of the estate?Karen Van LuvenProfessionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value
I have been in this situation and wanted to increase my knowledge and lessen the stress.
Andrew Brown provided this expert counsel in an informative, efficient and non-sugar coated manner during an on-line forum. Andrew made the process interactive and even casual!!
Do not hesitate to reach out to the Team at Brown Lawyers!
I've been a client of Brown Lawyers since 2010, and they are an integral part of my professional team. I initially engaged with Andrew Brown for estate planning when he helped my wife and I create our wills and power of attorney. We thought it was going to be a difficult process to get our wills and estate planning done, but Andrew has a process that made it straightforward and quick. Since then, I have engaged Andrew and his team for my business as well.Dan HolsteinBusiness Coach