Common law couples have no property rights to their partner’s estate. Therefore, estate planning is essential for all common law couples. We can help you with this.
How does the process of getting a will work?
We use a simple 3-step process to prepare your estate plan.
Step 1 – Free Initial Consultation. Call or e-mail our office to arrange your free initial consultation. During this meeting we will get to know each other and figure out whether you would like to work with us and whether we can help you. We will answer any questions you have, including questions about us, how the law works, and how estate planning can help you in your situation. We will discuss your unique needs and desires. We will offer you a fixed fee quote for what needs to be done. If you would like to go ahead with this, we will gather the information we need from you to prepare your will and estate planning documents.
Step 2 – We Prepare Your Documents
Once we’ve received all the information we need from you, as well as payment, we go ahead with preparing any estate planning documents you need, including a will, power of attorney for personal care, continuing power of attorney for property, a second will, a testamentary trust, or an insurance trust. Depending on our workload, this normally takes us about one week to complete.
Step 3 – Finalize Your Plan
Once your estate planning documents are drafted, we will meet again and go through them together to make sure you understand everything. We then sign off on your documents. We discuss where to keep them, when to update them, and answer any final questions you have.
We are here to help you every step of the way. The all our services include unlimited email and telephone support. We are normally able to answer emails and telephone calls the same business day. So if you have any questions along the way let us know and we will respond promptly.
We offer all of our will and estate planning services on a fixed-fee basis. This means that you do not need to worry about the clock running and can take the time to make sure you explain your situation completely, and that you understand everything. Our fees include unlimited emails and phone calls about your will and estate plan.
Fees vary depending on the complexity of your situation. Before we get started drafting any documents, we will give you a quote as to what the cost will be. Here are our typical fees, and these are based on the assumption that there are no unusual aspects to your situation. HST is added to all fees.
Will – $250
Will, Power of Attorney for Personal Care, & Continuing Power of Attorney for Property – $400
Second Will – $250
Testamentary Trust – $250
Insurance Trust – $250
If you and your partner would like wills that mirror each other’s wills, our fees are as follows:
2 Wills – $375
2 Wills, 2 Powers of Attorney for Personal Care, & 2 Continuing Powers of Attorney for Property – $600
2 Second Wills – $375
2 Testamentary Trusts – $375
2 Insurance Trusts – $375
To get started with your estate plan, simply call us at 613-519-0320 or contact us via email on our contact form.