Empowering Ottawa Families to Plan for the Future
If you have young children, who will care for them if something were to happen to you? Do you know how your estate will be distributed when you pass away? Will your wishes about life-sustaining care be followed if you cannot communicate in the future?
Estate planning can answer these questions and give you peace of mind. At the Ottawa law office of Coristine Law, we are dedicated to providing affordable, experienced estate planning services for families in the Ottawa area.
Crafting the Right Estate Plan for You
Our lawyers have more than ten years of estate planning experience. Every client has unique estate planning needs, and we will take the time to listen to you and empower you to achieve your goals.
Putting together the right combination of estate planning documents, we will help you outline your wishes for the future. Based on your situation, we will draft one or more of these estate planning tools for you:
Last will: Your will is the primary document that will be used in probate to put your wishes into action. Especially if you have young children, you need a will to establish guardianship for them.
Probate: Probate in Ontario is a relatively inexpensive and expeditious proceeding. Questions on probate? Click here .
Community property agreements: In Ottawa, these agreements in the right situation can reduce burdens on the surviving spouse by providing for a non-probate transfer of property. These agreements are available to married couples and registered domestic partners.
Durable powers of attorney: You can name the person you want to make financial and healthcare decisions on your behalf if you become unable to communicate your wishes. This important document can avoid the need for extensive guardianship.
Advanced health care directives: This document allows you to outline the life sustaining treatment you want to be given, in the event you are in a terminal condition or permanently unconscious.
Tax planning arrangements: Special arrangements such as credit shelter trusts, QTIPS and QDOTS can protect your assets from unnecessary taxes. We can help you make sure that your assets are given to the people you love rather than the government.
Special needs trusts: If you have a disabled child or want to provide for someone you care about with a special need, we will help you create a trust to protect the assets you want to be given to that person.
Our firm is truly dedicated to helping families with all of their legal concerns. Estate planning involves some of the most important decisions families can make, and we will give you the information you need to feel confident in those decisions. Contact our office, located in Westboro and schedule a consultation