We are Kitchener Estate Planning lawyers with over 40 years of firm experience who can help you to create a comprehensive estate plan that meets all of your goals and protects your legacy.
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Estate planning is the process of arranging your affairs to ensure that at your death your savings, wealth, assets, and legacy will pass on to your beneficiaries in accordance with your wishes and without unnecessary tax consequences. This process can involve the drafting of Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, and general estate management.
Far too often, people avoid contemplating their own mortality and neglect to plan for the distribution of their assets when they die. Many put off to tomorrow planning that should be done today. Unfortunately, everyone will eventually pass away and often with considerable wealth. Dying without a will can be a costly process and cause unnecessary stress on your children and family. It can often cost more to administer an estate where there was no will than an estate with a will and proper estate plan. Therefore, estate planning is an important aspect of organizing your personal affairs that should not be ignored. Our team of highly skilled Kitchener estate planning lawyers recognizes that estate planning can be a very personal matter that requires unique personal attention to ensure that we implement a comprehensive estate plan that respects all of your wishes, while minimizing the potential for family disputes.
When we meet with you, we start by learning about your family and the people who are important to you. We consider the family dynamics of your situation and other areas of law such as family law, employment, and corporate law. In order to understand your interests and goals and your financial situation, we find it very helpful to understand the people and relationships in your life.
We focus beyond just financial capital in our estate planning, including the intellectual, social, human and spiritual aspects when working with families of wealth. Once we have a clear picture of the people that are important to you and your goals, we can then work together to create a comprehensive estate plan that satisfies your financial and emotional goals while being purposeful and family-focused. We focus on transferring wealth in a way that energizes, motivates and creates opportunity for your chosen beneficiaries and avoids creating strife, anxiety, disharmony and bitterness.
Our team of Kitchener wills and estates lawyers has over 40 years of firm experience gained through mentoring, continuing legal education, and practical experience. Whether you are just starting out in your career and require a basic will and powers of attorney or you have considerable assets and require a more detailed estate plan, our Kitchener estate planning lawyers are ready to assist you in meeting your goals and protecting your legacy. We offer reasonable flat rate packages for many of our estate planning services and discounted rates for spouses who wish to create similar estate plans.
We offer comprehensive estate planning designed to meet your wishes and goals while protecting your legacy and reducing your estate's probate tax.
Our comprehensive estate planning session will begin with working with you to assess your assets and your needs with regard to your estate. We will ask you about your preferences and life goals, and then advise you on your options. Examples of the areas that will be discussed in the consultation may include appointing an executor of your estate, appointing a guardian of minor children, and succession planning for entrepreneurs and family businesses, including corporate reorganizations and shareholder agreements. You may also wish to make special provisions for the transfer of your estate to a common-law partner.
Sometimes, clients want to make provisions for a disabled child or spouse through the creation of a testamentary trust such as a spousal trust or a Henson trust. We can assist you in drafting trusts and developing an estate plan that meets your goals.
It is not unusual for people to confuse estate planning and financial planning. Both offer a valuable way to organize assets, plan for the future, and create financial peace of mind. However, there are important differences. Financial planning involves assessing a client's financial goals and making decisions about how to grow wealth to create more financial freedom and to meet personal and business financial goals. In contrast, estate planning involves managing wealth once it has been accumulated, protecting it, and making the right plan to distribute assets at the appropriate time and to the desired people. In addition, estate planning deals with more than just financial assets, and often includes discussion of who shall make health care and financial decisions for you if you are unable to make them yourself, who will care for your pets, a detailed plan for your medical care if you become ill or near the end of your life, and the type of legacy you wish to pass on to future generations.
You have worked hard to build your wealth and success. Let us help you create a customized estate plan to protect your legacy, your family, and the future of your business!
Our comprehensive estate planning services may include:
What should you look for in an estate planning lawyer?
A general practitioner may not have the experience and specialized knowledge to assist you with your unique situation. You should retain a Kitchener estate planning lawyer who devotes his or her practise to this area of law. We have over 40 years of experience in estate planning, and have developed specialized skills in this area.
ThreeBestRated has rated our firm as one of the top three estate planning lawyers for the City of Kitchener. Divorce Angels also highly recommends our estate planning services as a vetted professional for those going through the uncertainty of a divorce.
What should you consider when entering into estate planning?
When we initially meet with clients to discuss estate planning, we often request that our clients think about the following considerations:
If you have answered negatively to any of these considerations, you would benefit from meeting with one of our lawyers to discuss updating your current estate plan.
Estate planning for the LGBTQ2S+ community.
We offer comprehensive estate planning for the LGBTQ2S+ community. If you are in a same-sex relationship and require specialized assistance in ensuring that you have adequately provided for your spouse or partner upon your death, we invite you to contact a lawyer from our Kitchener law firm for knowledgeable legal advice and assistance.
Same-sex couples in a common-law relationship and those same-sex spouses who are married face unique challenges and concerns when preparing Wills and Powers of Attorney in order to transfer assets to each other without unforeseen complications and at the lowest possible tax rate. We have experience in assisting transgender, nonbinary, and genderqueer clients in creating estate plans that transfer legacies in a way that energizes, motivates and creates opportunities for chosen beneficiaries.
We are proud to be the law firm of choice for the LGBTQ2S+ community in Waterloo Region and Wellington County. We offer a safe and inclusive environment to discuss your estate planning goals.
For over 40 years, clients have trusted in our ability to explain their rights and obligations with respect to estate planning. We are confident that you will appreciate our professional and personalized service. We invite you to browse our website and read the positive things others have to say about us. To benefit from our knowledge and experience with respect to your estate planning, please contact 519-884-0034 or send us an email. Many of our clients are referred to us by former and current clients, as well as by lawyers, accountants, and financial advisors. We serve clients in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Stratford, Hamilton, London and surrounding areas.