Estate Administration Resources

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

Free Estate Planning Resources

Canadian Estates Law Blogs

All About Estates
Estate Law Canada
Hull & Hull Law Blog
Whaley Estate Litigation Blog
Your Estate Matters Blog

Valuable Publications


Find a Lawyer


      Provincial Resources



      British Columbia




      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

      Northwest Territories

      Questions and Answers About Wills

      Nova Scotia

      What to do When Someone Dies


      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


      Courts of Saskatchewan – Wills and Estates
      Public Legal Education Association

      Yukon Territory


      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)

      Glossary of 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.