Estates Administration

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Acting as Estate Trustee can be challenging. It is important that the Estate Trustee understands their role, responsibilities, obligations and timelines involved in administering the Estate to insulate them from disputes, criticism and possible liability.

Estates Administration

The lawyers at Dickson Appell LLP have the experience, expertise and empathy to advise and assist the client on the myriad of issues involved in administering an Estate including:
locating the original Will and reviewing it with the Estate Trustee;

  • if there was no Will or a Will cannot be found, advising on who are the next-of-kin beneficiaries entitled to the intestate Estate and who has priority to be appointed Estate Trustee by the court
  • identifying the deceased person’s assets, debts, and liabilities
  • determining whether an application to the Estates Court for a Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee is required, and preparing the application
  • notifying the beneficiaries of their entitlement
  • determining whether notice must be given to other parties such as the Office of the Children’s Lawyer
  • advising on the preparation and filing of all tax returns.

Following receipt of the Certificate of Appointment:

  • preparing and filing the Estate Information Return
  • advising/assisting the Estate Trustee to take possession of and/or liquidate the Estate assets
  • preparing accounts for the Estate and any Trusts
  • advising the Estate Trustee on the timing and amount of interim and final distributions
  • preparing and sending the appropriate Releases to the Beneficiaries
  • coordinating the application to CRA for a Clearance Certificate, and once received, making the final distribution to the beneficiaries.
Our Practising Lawyers
Mary Louise Dickson

Mary Louise’s practice is focused on will and trust planning, powers of attorney for property and personal care, estate administration, personal tax planning, family business planning, and the creation and maintenance of corporations and charities. Mary Louise is a former elected Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada and a former member of the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Mary Louise is the co-author of Ontario Estate Practice and The Wills Book. Mary Louise is a leader in the field of disability law and planning around disability issues.

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Mary Louise Dickson

Sylvia Schumacher

Sylvia’s practice is focused on estate and incapacity planning and estate administration for individuals, families, and business owners. She provides advice on will and trust planning and powers of attorney for property and for personal care, as well as advice to executors, trustees, and beneficiaries in estate administration matters.

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Sylvia Schumacher

Wenda Yenson

Wenda focuses her practice on estate and incapacity planning, estate administration and planning for family members who are disabled. She provides advice to individuals and institutions on a broad range of issues such as personal estate and tax planning, formation, variation and interpretation of personal and commercial trusts, incapacity planning, planned giving, planning for disabled family members, advising executors and trustees on their role and responsibilities, advising beneficiaries on their entitlements.

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Wenda Yenson

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