Teryl Scott Lawyers Inc. offers 25 years of caring for families, including assistance with their estate planning. Our Wills and Estate Planning lawyers troubleshoot your major life events. We recommend preparing your Wills, Powers of Attorney and Living wills (end of life directives) now. Before you need them.
If you don’t have these documents, you may have to hire a lawyer to make an application to court in order to appoint a medical proxy, an executor, and/or a power of attorney. Being proactive reduces the cost of obtaining these documents because there is no need for a court application to appoint these people.
Welcome to the easy, affordable way to get your Will and Estate Plan completed.
The estate planning lawyers at Teryl Scott Lawyers Inc. need to know the following in order to prepare your documents:
- Who will be the executor and alternate executor of your will– that is, who will take over financially for you when you die?
- Who are you gifting your assets to?
And if you have children:
- Who will be the guardian of your children?
- Who is the trustee– who manages your children’s inheritance while they are minors?
- How old would you like your children to be when the trust expires and they start to manage their inheritance independently?
Meet Your Estate Planning Lawyer In Halifax
Call, text (902-233-6660), or email Lisa Teryl, senior legal counsel, to start your estate planning. We’re here to listen to your concerns and to execute your last wishes.
Wills and Estate Planning in Nova Scotia
Here are some of our most frequently asked questions about Wills and Estate planning:
How Estate Planning and Will Lawyers Help
Estate planning lawyers do more than just create Wills. Our lawyers can provide guidance on who is the best type of person to be your medical proxy. They also provide suggestions on who are the best types of family members or friends to appoint as a trustee of your children’s trust. They can also make suggestions on who typically receives the “rest and residue” of your estate and how to minimize probate fees.
Estate planning is not only important for naming beneficiaries upon your death, but an estate planning lawyer also creates documents such as a Power of Attorney. This document gives someone authority to manage your finances if you are absent, ill, or incapacitated.
How to Write a Will without a Lawyer
Some try to write a Will without a lawyer, but it is NOT recommended. Wills are not just complicated to write, they are challenging to sign in a way that ensures they are valid under the Wills Act.
You also need a lawyer or commissioner of oaths to sign the affidavit of execution. An Affidavit of Execution documents that your witnesses actually witnessed your signature and initials.
Estate Planning Fees
|Wills & Estate Planning||$375||$575|
|Power of Attorney||$150||$250|
|Estate Package (Includes all 3)||$595||$895|
If your employer has an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), you qualify for a 25% discount on Teryl Scott Lawyers Inc. fees. The firm also honours our active and former military personnel with a 25% discount. Discounts cannot be combined with any other discounts.
If it is helpful, many clients of Teryl Scott Lawyers Inc. also pay the cost of their estate documents in two or three installments, for example. The final payment can be made at the time of the signing of the documents. HST and any disbursements are additional costs.