Estate Law

Death and taxes: said to be the two certainties of life.  It is important to make sure that these certainties are properly planned for.  A little advanced planning can ensure that your wishes are followed, that loved ones are cared for, that your assets are protected, and that taxes are minimized in the event of death or disability. Beresh Smith Law regularly advises & supports clients with respect to the following areas of Estate Law:

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  • Estate Planning
  • Estate & Trust Administration
  • Simple Wills 
  • Multiple Wills (Ontario) & Revocable Living Trusts (Virginia)
  • Inter Vivos Trusts
  • Special Needs Trusts (often known as Henson trusts in Ontario)
  • Trusts for Minors
  • Residence Trusts
  • Powers of Attorney for Property & Medical Care (also known as Living Wills)
  • Elder Law
  • Asset Evaluation
  • Tax Planning (international & domestic)
  • Succession Planning
  • Dependent Support Claims & Family Law Act Claims (Ontario)
  • Guardianship Applications
  • Temporary Care & Custody Authorizations & Directions
  • Trust Variations
  • Trustee/Attorney Accountability
  • Trustee Disputes & Negotiations
  • Power of Attorney Disputes & Negotiations
  • Passing of Accounts
  • Fiduciary Management & Accountability
  • Appointment Applications to Applicable Courts
  • Related Real Estate Transactions