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Can I Arrange a Cremation Online?

For those seeking affordability, control, and simplicity, it’s now possible to arrange a cremation online. See how Eirene makes this possible in this guest post.

Navigating Grief During the Holidays

Navigating grief during the holidays can be challenging since it’s a season full of memories and traditions. To help you find your way through it, try creating your own holiday grief map. Here are some suggestions to get you started.

Tackle Post-Death Paperwork With These Six Strategies

The paperwork required in settling a loved one’s estate can be overwhelming. Thankfully, the science of procrastination and goal-setting gives us evidence-based strategies that can help. Here are six strategies for tackling post-death paperwork without getting overwhelmed.

How to Locate Unclaimed Assets in Canada

After the passing of a loved one, it is common for their assets to go unclaimed. In Canada, an asset becomes unclaimed after no activity has been generated (or contact with the owner) for one year or longer.

What Happens to My Online Accounts When I Die?

Did you know the average person under 70 years old has more than 160 digital accounts? With our digital footprints constantly increasing, it’s important to know what happens to our digital assets after death and how to protect them before that.

The Story of Cadence

December 14, 2014, was the day my mom died. I sat by her side at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon, tears streaming down my face. I told her how much I loved her and left her with a kiss and gentle embrace. My heart broke as I said my last goodbye. I still needed her. I was not ready to let her go. As it goes with mortality, we do not have a choice. She was gone.

What Is Probate and Do I Need It?

Probate refers to a court-supervised process for administering an estate and distributing the proceeds of the estate. Letters Probate formally recognizes that a Will is valid and that an estate representative is entitled to deal with the estate. The process can take up to one year to complete.

Find your local probate court in Canada

The local courthouse that administers applications for probate can be a wealth of knowledge. Therefore, we have provided links to all Canadian provincial and territorial offices for you.

Can’t find a will? This is what happens.

It is important to note what happens to the deceased’s assets when there is no Will. If there is no Will or the Will is not valid, the person is considered to have died “intestate.” This means there are no instructions the family can follow to distribute the estate. As a result, each province/territory has specific laws that deal with these situations.

Can’t Find a Will or Unsure if It Exists? Here’s What To Do.

If someone dies without a Will, it is referred to as dying “intestate”. If you are unsure of the existence of a Will, or know it exists but cannot find it, you must do your best to try and locate one. The absence of a Will can have a big impact on estate administration.

I found the will. How do I know if it is valid?

Now that you found the Will, you need to confirm the Will is valid. A Will needs to be valid to carry out the wishes of the deceased. Typically for Wills to be valid they require signatures of two witnesses (not a named estate representative, spouse, or beneficiary), the date, and the testator’s signature at the end of the Will.