Wills and Estate Planning

It is important to have your affairs in order well before you die. The laws of Ontario provide for a system to handle the distribution of your assets if you die without a will (intestacy), but the process may not be the most tax effective, and it may not reflect your wishes. As a wills and estate lawyer here in Ottawa, I take the time to understand your wishes and provide you with detailed legal advice on your various options.  


In order to make a will, you need to have "testamentary capacity" - a legal test of your ability to dispose of your estate, and this can change with age or if you experience a catastrophic accident.  Thus, having a will in place today, before old age or an accident occurs, ensures that your affairs will be taken care of according to your wishes.


Estate Planning Services 


The estate planning services that I provide, include the drafting of:

  • Wills for individuals and for couples

  • Double wills for assets that can pass without probate

  • Powers of Attorney for Property

  • Powers of Attorney for Personal Care & Living Will

  • Insurance trust declarations

Estate Administration Services


I also provide legal services in:

  • Administering an Estate

  • Getting a Certificate of Appointment with(out) a Will

  • Passing of accounts

  • Estate litigation

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Client Reviews

Jody & Roger, Espanola, Sep. 14, 2015

"Much more thorough than previous lawyers, very patient and flexible which is important when you have a busy life, explained many aspects in detail and language that could be understood by myself."

Sara E., Ottaw, Oct. 22, 2017

"James is efficient, reliable, kind and humble.  He also listens well, thinks ahead, and explains all legal concepts in plain English rather than legalese.  He even answers his own phone!  He made what had seemed insurmountable easily achievable."

Glen & Janet, Ottawa, Jan. 18, 2018

"Every step of the work with us was done with empathy and expertise.  Not paying for the usual big firm luxury space and overhead."

Magda & Sean, Ottawa, Dec. 22, 2018

"James is very professional, yet approachable and pleasant.  He turned out honest and trustworthy.  I felt comfortable while obtaining his help.  All work was completed in a timely manner, and without any issues."

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