Estate Administration Resources

Here are some additional resources to help you with the process of Estate Planning and Estate Administration.


Common Estate Terms

Beneficiary: a person or organization entitled to benefit under the Will.

Bequest, Legacy or Devise: a disposition of personal property under the terms of the Will.

Codicil: an addition or amendment to a Will.

Estate:includes everything owned by a person who has died.

Estate Administrator: the person appointed by the court to handle the affairs of the deceased.

Executor, Executrix, Estate Trustee: person named in a Will and legally charged with carrying out its provisions.

Guardian: a person or trust company appointed by the court to care for the property of a child.

Holographic Will: a Will written entirely in the handwriting of the testator and not witnessed.

Inter Vivos Trust: a trust created to take effect during the lifetime of the creator of the trust.

Intestate: describes someone who dies without leaving a Will.

Issue: descendants of a person, including not only children but grandchildren, great-grandchildren and more remote descendants.

Probate: the legal process of proving that a Will is valid and gives power to the Executor to administer and distribute it.

Power of Attorney (for property and/or care): a written authorization to represent or act on another's behalf.

Residual Beneficiary: the beneficiary to whom the residue of the estate is left.

Residue: the assets remaining in an estate after all of the debts of the testator and the specific bequests in the Will have been satisfied.

Testamentary Capacity: the ability to know and understand the action of making a Will, the nature and extent of property which constitutes the estate, and who should and will benefit under the Will.

Testamentary Trust: a trust created by a Will.

Testate: describes someone who has died leaving a Will.

Testator, Testatrix: the person who makes a Will.

Trust: an interest in property held legally by one person for the benefit of another.

Trustee: one who manages property or money for another.

Will: the legal statement of a person's wishes regarding the disposal of their property after death.


Provincial Resources

Court of the Queen's Bench - Frequently asked questions

British Columbia
Ministry of Justice - Wills and Estates
About Wills and Estates

Applying for Probate

New Brunswick
Public Legal Education and Information services - Wills and Estate Planning
New Brunswick Probate Court - Frequently Asked Questions

Newfoundland and Labrador
Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador - Wills, Estates and Guardianship
Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland and Labrador - Probate Booklet

Northwest Territories
Questions and Answers About Wills

Nova Scotia
What to do When Someone Dies
Probate Court of Nova Scotia - Frequently Asked Questions

Ministry of the Attorney General
What to do When Someone Dies

Prince Edward Island
Community Legal Association of Prince Edward Island - Information for Executors
Community Legal Association of Prince Edward Island - Information for Administrators
Government of Prince Edward Island - Probating a Will

Courts of Saskatchewan - Wills and Estates
Public Legal Education Association

Yukon Territory
Public Guardian and Trustee - What is Probate?
Public Guardian and Trustee - Your Role as an Executor
Public Guardian and Trustee - Closing an Estate


Canada Revenue Agency

What to do When Someone has Died


Senior Advocacy

Government of Canada - Provincial Resources for Elder Abuse



Law Society of Upper Canada - Legal Referral Service in Ontario
Legal Information for Low Income Seniors (ACE)


Canadian Estates Law Blogs

Estate Debate
All About Estates
Estate Law Canada
Toronto Estate Law Blog
Toronto Estate Monitor
Whaley Estate Litigation Blog
Your Estate Matters Blog





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Downloadable Resources

Want more information on planning, preparing and administering an estate? Download our easy to use reference guides and resources to help you along the way.


  • Executor Liability Insurance - Return the completed application to our office to find out if you are eligible for executor liability insurance.


  • Fiduciary Bonds - Have you been asked to provide a bond for the estate? Download the application and follow the directions to apply for a bond.


  • Free Executor Guide - If you have been asked to be an executor or are acting as an executor this guide will help you understand your responsibilities and help track your activities.


  • Free Will Preparation Guide - A step to step guide to the questions you will need to address when preparing your will.


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