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Family Lawyers Advising on Estate Planning

Proactive estate planning, including preparing a will and a power of attorney is critical step in effectively managing and distributing your wealth and in ensuring that your spouse, children, and other loved ones are taken care of if something were to happen to you.

Estate planning can be daunting and challenging, not least of all because it requires making delicate and difficult decisions and facing issues you may not want to face (such as your mortality). It requires guidance and advice from a lawyer with significant experience advising clients on such matters.

At Gelman & Associates, we have been aiding clients in protecting their wealth, minimizing their financial risk, and providing for their families for many years. We help clients tackle their immediate and long-term objectives and ensure their money goes where they want it to go. With our guidance you can guarantee your legacy remains intact.

What is Estate Planning?

At it’s most basic, estate planning is a means of eliminating potential uncertainties and proactively addressing challenging decisions that family members and other loved ones will have to make if you become ill, incapacitated, or die.

Estate planning allows you to anticipate potential issues and address them, and to arrange for the management and eventual disposal of your estate (i.e. your home, other real estate, possessions, assets, and finances) upon your death while also minimizing taxes.

Important Issues to Consider

Important issues, questions, and concerns that often arise during the estate planning process include:

  • How do I guarantee that my children will be taken care of?
  • What are the potential implications of a separation or divorce on my assets?
  • How do I protect my children’s inheritance if they separate from or divorce their partner or spouse?
  • Should I leave my estate to my beneficiaries outright or through a trust?
  • How do I most effectively deal with a cottage or vacation home?
  • How do I best protect any of my assets (including property) outside of Canada?
  • How can I protect my business?
  • Should I leave my estate to a charity or other philanthropic cause?
  • How do I minimize probate fees?

At Gelman & Associates, our highly experienced family lawyers provide clients with clear and pragmatic answers to these and other questions. We draw on our many years of both family and estate law experience to provide thorough, multi-disciplinary legal advice that covers all potential outcomes.

Contact Our Estate Planning Lawyers at one of Our Six Offices throughout North York, Downtown Toronto, Mississauga, Scarborough, Aurora and Barrie

Contact Gelman & Associates today to learn how our lawyers can help you to plan for the future. With six offices conveniently located throughout North York, downtown Toronto, Mississauga, Scarborough, Aurora and Barrie, we are easily accessible by transit and off-highway. Call us at (416) 736-0200 or 1-844-736-0200 or contact us online for a confidential initial consultation.

FAQ’s:

Will a power of attorney still be valid after the donor dies?

No. Generally speaking, when a person dies, the personal representative appointed in the dead person’s last will and testament takes control of the deceased person’s property and distributes it according to the will.

What are the major differences between enduring and ordinary powers of attorney?

An ordinary power of attorney is only valid as long as the donor can act for him or herself. However, if the donor dies or becomes mentally incapacitated, a power of attorney is invalidated. On the other hand, an enduring power of attorney remains valid despite the donor being mentally incapacitated.

How is a general power of attorney different from a specific power of attorney?

A general power of attorney gives a lawyer the authority to do anything the donor could perform. In contrast, a specific power of attorney is one that gives the lawyer authority to act for a particular purpose only.

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