Estate planning is essential to ensure that assets are managed and distributed according to your desires in the event of incapacitation or death. The Villeneuve Estates Practice will help you create an estate or business succession plan designed to minimize estate taxes, avoid probate when desired and ensure the orderly administration of your estate. Helping clients who are responsible for probating an estate after the death of a loved one.
The Firm helps clients who want to be sure their estate is divided and distributed according to their wishes. Contact us to learn about the estate planning options available to you. Clients are often concerned about protecting their hard-earned assets, avoiding estate taxes, avoiding probate and avoiding family disputes. We address these concerns with a variety of estate planning tools, including wills and trusts:
Wills: Everyone should have a will, even when most assets are in a trust or trusts. Experts recommend reviewing a will every five years or so — or whenever there has been a major change in the family or asset portfolios. Create or update your will in full accordance with Ontario laws.
Trusts: Counseling clients on the most appropriate types of trusts and educating them in customized ways of structuring them.
Living wills, medical directives: These documents help family members and medical professionals understand how medical decisions should be made if you are unable to make your own decisions.
Power of attorney: Estate planning includes drafting powers of attorney so that you can designate trusted people to handle financial or medical decisions if you are unable to make decisions because you are incapacitated or not otherwise able (out of country etc.).
Business succession planning: If you own a business, you will want to be sure your business is managed and transferred according to your plan.
Villeneuve Litigation, Entertainment and Estates offers small-firm affordability with results you would expect from a large law firm. For a free consultation to discuss how a lawyer can help you and your family, contact a Ottawa Estate lawyer today. Phone (613) 983-0610 to speak with someone and make an appointment at your convenience.