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Protect Your Family And Wealth With A Will
Your goals are our goals at Merovitz Potechin LLP. Our lawyers represent individuals and families in the Ottawa area who need advice and guidance when creating or revising a will.
Your will can protect your wishes, take care of your family and honour your legacy. We will work with you to help understand your interests and needs to create a personalized will that ensures that your wishes are fulfilled. We also have extensive litigation experience, which helps us find a favourable resolution when a potential dispute arises.
Guidance For Your Will And Estate
Our law firm assists clients with all matters related to:
- Dual/multiple wills
- Powers of attorney for property and personal care
What is a Power of Attorney? Wills & Estates lawyer, Sarah Macaluso, explains power of attorney for personal care and power of attorney for property, why they are important, and what happens if you don’t have them.
Contesting a will? Visit Contesting a Will to learn more about this process and how we can help you.
Our team also can provide sound legal advice with respect to estate planning, including:
- Estate freezes
- Minimizing estate and income taxes
- Transferring family businesses
- Intergenerational wealth transfers
- Estate administration and advice to executors
We can also assist beneficiaries with respect to probate and intestate matters.
Let Us Help You Plan For The Future
Planning for the future can be difficult, but it is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones. We understand the challenges you face, and we will guide you through this process so you know what to expect and that your best interests are protected. Our commitment to personal attention and responsive service is why other legal professionals consider our firm to be one of the top law firms in Ottawa.
Arrange A Consultation To Discuss Your Specific Needs
Our wills and estates lawyers are members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
Let our team help you learn about how your choices will impact the future so together we can create a plan that works for you and your family. Schedule a consultation with our lawyers by calling 613-563-7544 or sending us an email.
Our Wills Lawyers Team
Timothy J. Grieve
Business and Corporate Law,
Commercial Real Estate,
Estate and Succession Planning,
General Corporate Matters,
Home, Buyers & Sellers,
Investing in Real Estate,
Purchase and Sale of a Business,
Shareholders and Partnership Agreements,
Wills, Trusts & Estates,
Recently Asked Questions
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Q: What is a notarial copy of a document?
A: A notarial copy is a copy of the document that a notary has compared with an original and the notary has certified it to be a true copy of the original document. The notary signs and seals a form indicating that the attached document is a copy of the original. Notarial copies are most often required for death certificates and wills but are also sometimes required for documents that are being used in other jurisdictions.
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Q: My grandfather is 85 years old, and his mental capacity is uncertain. He told me that he wanted to make a will leaving me everything and leaving nothing to his other 5 grandchildren. I took him to my lawyer and my lawyer insisted that he talked to my grandfather, without me there. My grandfather then told me that the lawyer refused to make a will for him. Can he do that?
A: A lawyer is obliged to form the opinion that the person whose will he is creating has the mental capacity to make a will. Assuming that the lawyer formed the opinion that your grandfather did not have the required capacity, the lawyer acted properly.
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Q: Does a will require a witness?
A: There are two types of wills that are recognized in Ontario. A will is valid if it is made entirely in the handwriting of the deceased. This will does not require a witness. A will that is not entirely in the handwriting of the deceased requires two witnesses to be present with the deceased at the same time.