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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.

How to Help Someone Who is Grieving

Due to COVID-19, awareness of grief is on the rise. This is a subject that is skirted by many but cannot be ignored in our present situation. How can friends and family give sincere and meaningful help to bereaved relatives, friends, and neighbors?

How to Notify Facebook After a Death

What happens to someone’s Facebook account when they pass away? With the closure of a Facebook account, the deceased’s account can be removed or memorialized.

How To Redirect Mail after a Death

Forwarding or redirecting mail after a death should be taken care of as soon as possible, as there may be information sent that requires your immediate attention.

Where to Find Proof of Death in Canada

Proof of death is required to deal with the majority of estate matters. Proof can come in various forms. Below is an explanation of the types of proof of death, some examples of when it may be required, and where they can be obtained.

How To Settle an Estate: Free Executor Checklist in Canada

Being named an executor or administrator of an estate when a loved one passes can be an overwhelming and stressful situation. You may not have the slightest idea where to start, and it can feel like a mountain of work ahead of you.

What Happens When We Grieve

Before I was widowed, I thought grieving was just lots of crying. And it is. But I found out that it is so much more. Just like our fingerprints, our grieving is individual.

10 Tips for Finding Estate Documents

It can be difficult to know where to start after someone dies. We know because we’ve been there. To help you get started, we’ve created a helpful list of the executor tasks ahead.