Acting as an estate trustee is a big responsibility that can often be complicated and overwhelming. If you’re looking for information on how to get started or have general questions along the way, the Ministry of the Attorney General has provided this information webpage with “Frequently Asked Questions About Estates”. Not only does this webpage answer common questions on issues such as how to find a deceased person’s Will, or how you can apply for death benefits, it also answers questions about more complicated matters such as how to apply for an certificate of appointment of estate trustee. This is a great resource for both potential estate trustees that are looking for more information before beginning the process, or for those who are in the midst of administering an estate and would benefit from more information.Remember that, similar to real estate closings, lawyers are very familiar with the estates administration process and they can be a great asset when you have questions and/or concerns whether you are an estate trustee, a spouse or dependent, or a potential beneficiary.
Losing a loved one can be an emotional and stressful time. The Government of Ontario has posted the webpage “What to do when someone dies” to help you cope with the loss with as little stress over the practical matters as possible. The webpage provides helpful information on many issues such as: funeral arrangements, death registration, Wills and estate administration. While a funeral director can typically help you with issues such as funeral arrangements and death registration, a lawyer is there to help with the administration of the estate. Estates administration can be a complicated process and guidance from a lawyer can be extremely beneficial.