Wills, Estates and Trusts

Estate Planning

Cook Roberts LLP has been assisting clients with estate planning for over 40 years. Our lawyers are able to assist you with drafting a will, a power of attorney, and a representation agreement for healthcare. Cook Roberts LLP lawyers provide comprehensive advice to individuals and families to ensure their wishes can be carried out as seamlessly as possible. Our lawyers routinely assist clients with a wide range of matters from simple wills to complex wills and trusts.

Trusts

Cook Roberts LLP lawyers are able to assist you with the creation of a trust, which is an estate planning tool used in a variety of situations including the preservation of wealth for the next generation, the caring of persons with disabilities, and for tax planning purposes. Our lawyers routinely work with other professional advisors to ensure your trust is created as comprehensively as possible and will meet its intended purpose.

Power of Attorney

Cook Roberts LLP lawyers can assist you with drafting a power of attorney for legal and financial decisions in the event you are unable to make decisions for yourself. This includes, for example, paying bills, filing taxes, selling property on your behalf, and doing your banking. It does not give the power to make decisions regarding your healthcare (see information under “Representation Agreement” below).

Representation Agreement

Cook Roberts LLP lawyers are able to assist you in drafting a representation agreement for healthcare. There may come a time where you are unable to make healthcare decisions for yourself. Your appointed representative would be able to make healthcare decisions such as consenting or refusing medical treatment, admission to a care facility, and end of life treatment. There are different types of representation agreements, and Cook Roberts LLP lawyers are able to assist you with determining which agreement is appropriate in the circumstances.

Estate Administration

Cook Roberts LLP lawyers have vast experience with estate administration including assisting clients with obtaining a grant of probate or a grant of administration. Our lawyers are able to assist with identifying all the assets and liabilities of a deceased person, applying to the Supreme Court of British Columbia for a grant that allows an individual wishing to administer the estate of a deceased person or an executor of a will the ability to administer the estate and collect assets from various financial institutions, sell property, and deal with the beneficiaries of the estate.

Cook Roberts LLP lawyers also routinely assist with estate disputes.

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Committeeship

Cook Roberts LLP lawyers routinely assist clients with obtaining committeeship orders when a friend or loved one did not put a power of attorney in place and is no longer mentally competent.

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