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An Executor is the person named in a Will who will carry out the instructions and close the estate. In general, they gather up the estate assets, pay the funeral costs, debts and taxes, and then distributes what remains of the estate to the beneficiaries in the will.

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What is Executor Insurance and how does it work?

Being the Executor of a Will is a very important job, and one that most Canadians will have to take on at some point in their lives (whether they like it or not.) As the Executor, you may know that you’re responsible for closing the estate and tasks like arranging the funeral and selling the…

What are joint executors?

An executor in Canada takes care of closing someone’s estate when they pass away, but what happens when there is more than one executor named in the will? This is called having joint executorsand it usually happens when a parent chooses more than one child to take on the role. Why would you have more…

Cryptocurrency Creates A New Role: The Electronic Estate Executor

Many Canadians wish they had bought cryptocurrency as the value of a single BitCoin rose from $1,229 to $17,618 throughout 2017 (in Canadian dollars). Everyday investors have begun to dive into the Bitcoin craze to make their fortunes even though the cryptocurrency has received criticism financial experts around the globe.

Should Executors Have Unlimited Liability While Grieving?

Canadians who plan for the day when they must pass on their estates face a quiet fear that many of us don’t acknowledge for most of our lives. It takes courage to follow the necessary steps to ensure that their legacies survive as intended. That leaves us asking the question should Executors have unlimited liability…

What are my Executor Duties in Canada?

So you’ve been made an Executor, but what does that actually mean? Your Executor duties are quite extensive (it takes about two years to close an estate in Canada) but not to worry, we have a free Executor Guide that can help you every step of the way. Want a sneak peek? You can see…

Can You Include Pets in Your Will?

A growing number of pet-owning Canadians are revising their Wills to include their four-legged family members. Though the idea may seem a bit bizarre, the reasons for including pets in your will are quite the same as including a child: As a safety precaution should the owners pass away before the pet. To avoid the…

Selling Estate Property to Family Members

As an executor of a will, it’s fairly common to be faced with the scenario of selling estate property to family members, like a family cottage. Typically, the amount that the land, home, cottage, or condo is sold for is administered amongst the beneficiaries in portions dictated by the will. But it isn’t always that…

The Executor’s Challenge

Feature By Marg Bruineman Canadian Lawyer Magazine Disgruntled beneficiaries are increasingly prepared to challenge wills, leaving the executor’s challenge of struggling to carry out the deceased’s instructions. Instructions from beyond the grave can be a difficult thing. As with most things, wills too have limitations. But how far should he or she go in fulfilling…

What Happens When An Estate Gets Reopened?

There is a misconception surrounding ‘closed’ estates and why an estate can never really be closed. Being the executor of an estate can be a lengthy and tiresome job. Once an executor has paid all of the estate bills, distributed the assets to beneficiaries, and received a clearance letter from the CRA, you’d think your job…