Our Areas of Practice in Ottawa
Residential and Commercial Real Estate LawFarber Robillard Leith LLP offers legal services in all aspects of residential and commercial real estate law. Whether you are purchasing, selling or refinancing a property in Ottawa or any other location in Ontario, our lawyers can.help.
Estate Planning, Wills, and Powers of AttorneyA will is a legal document that determines what happens to your property after your death. A will outlines who receives property and in what amounts. Property distributed under the terms of the will become the estate.
Making a will is a responsibility, as well as a right that is protected by law. In addition to distributing or transferring property, a will may have other functions. It may be used to name a guardian for any minor children or to create a trust and designate a trustee to handle an estate (property left after death) on behalf of children or others. A will may also be used to name a personal representative or "executor" to handle a decedent's (the person who died) property and affairs from the time of death until an estate is settled.
A power of attorney on the other hand allows you to appoint someone to act on your behalf concerning either your property or your personal care during your lifetime. This is an incredibly important document and would allow the person appointed (your "attorney") to act on your behalf in the event you are unable to make decisions as a result of disability, illness or other incapacity. For any question on Estate Planning and Wills or Powers of Attorney, please contact our Ottawa Lawyers.
When someone passes away they may or may not have had a Last Will and Testament. In either case, it will be necessary for a loved one to administer the estate so as to pay the debts, deliver specific gifts of property or cash, liquidate and/or distribute the assets to the beneficiaries, and account to the government. This can be quite onerous and time-consuming and as such, our team of professionals is available to assist you through this complex and detail oriented process. For any questions on Estate Administration, please contact our office.