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We specialize in Wills, Probate and related areas of law. Over the past 18 years we have helped thousands of customers with Wills, Estate Planning, Probate and Estate Administration.

We offer the following services:

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Wills, Estate Planning & Trusts

Estate Planning is the process of making sure that your assets pass to your family and other beneficiaries on your death the way you want with a minimum of stress and effort on the part of those you leave behind while minimizing taxes and the potential for disputes. Estate Planning usually involves making a Will and reviewing your assets (how they are owned and who you have named as beneficiary of your life insurance/RRSP, etc.).

Estate Planning can be more complex and require purchasing additional life insurance, transferring assets, restructuring a family businesses, setting up trusts (note that Standard Wills include a trust for any young beneficiaries), etc.

We include Estate Planning advice with every Will we prepare. We will review your assets with you and advise you about steps you can take to improve your estate planning. This advice often has the potential to save your family thousands of dollars in legal costs and tax after your gone and occasionally save you thousands of dollars towards your retirement.

We can help you whether your circumstances and wishes are simple or complex.

Prices

Most people just need a Standard Will.

Click here for details of what is included in a Standard Will and examples of when a Standard Will is appropriate.

$550 Standard Will for a single person (not married or common law)
$650 Pair of Standard Wills for a married or common law couple

Some people need more than a Standard Will. We can assist you with estate planning and preparing Wills and/or trusts no matter how complicated your circumstances or wishes. However, pricing of complex Wills and/or Trusts and estate planning is based on hourly rates.

Click here for some examples of circumstances that need more than a Standard Will.

More Information - Forms

Click here for more information about our Wills, Estate Planning and Trust preparation services.

Download our Estate Planning Guide

New Customer Information Form - Will - Single

New Customer Information Form - Will - Married or Common Law

Click here for general information about Wills, Estate Planning & Trusts.


Probate, Letters of Administration and Executor Services

Probate is a court procedure to confirm the validity of a deceased person's Will. Probate is required whenever a deceased person owned real estate or any other valuable asset (excluding assets that pass directly through joint ownership or life insurance, RRSP, etc. beneficiary designations). Probate can usually be avoided if you leave everything to your spouse and have a good estate plan. Probate is usually required if you do not have a spouse at the time you die and you own valuable assets.

If you don't have a Will then a family member will have to apply to the court for a Grant of Letters of Administration in order to be appointed as the Administrator of your estate, and your estate will go to your next of kin.

Being an Executor or Administrator is hard work with a lot of complexity and risk. We can help.

Prices

Grant of Probate

Legal fees charged for a Grant of Probate are based on the amount of work required calculated using hourly rates. No two grant applications are the same, but legal fees usually range from around $3,500 - $4,500. However, a Grant of Probate can be difficult and more expensive if there are problems with the Will (often the case with legal will kits).

For most estates we will bill for the legal work after the Grant of Probate has been issued, and it can be paid from the estates funds.

Grant of Letters of Administration

A Grant of Letters of Administration is a similar court process to a Grant of Probate, and the cost range is similar. However, a Grant of Letters of Administration can be difficult and more expensive if the deceased person had unpaid debts or if there are several next of kin (particularly if they don't get along).

Probate Fees

The court charges a fee to process a Grant of Probate/Letters of Administration based on the size of the estate. The current fee is $350 plus 1.4% of the value of the estate in excess of $50,000. For example an estate worth $250,000 would incur a probate fee of $3,150.

More Information

Click here for more information about our Probate, Executor and Estate Administration services.

Download our Guide for Executors - Grant of Probate

Download our Guide for Administrators - Grant of Letters of Administration

New Customer Information Form - Probate & Grant of Letters of Administration

Asset & Liability Checklist - to help you gather the information about the deceased's assets and debts required by the court

Click here for general information about Probate, Letters of Administration and being an Executor/Administrator.


Incapacity Planning & Health Care Decision Making

Incapacity law is the law regarding making decisions for people who are not able to make decisions for themselves. The law is complex and has undergone significant changes recently. Incapacity law is divided into two distinct areas: decisions about assets (money, real estate, pensions, etc.) and health care decisions.

Assets

An Enduring Power of Attorney is a legal document you can use to appoint a trusted family member or friend to make decisions for you about your assets if you become incapable in the future. You can only make an Enduring Power of Attorney while you are mentally capable. The word "attorney" means the person you appoint to do things for you. It does not mean a lawyer.

If you don't have an Enduring Power of Attorney and you become mentally incompetent, then your family may need to apply to court to be appointed your Committee. This would be necessary if they want to make a major decision for you regarding your assets such as selling your house. A Committee application is a complex, expensive, time consuming court procedure.

Health Care

A Representation Agreement is a legal document you can use to appoint a trusted family member or friend to make health care decisions for you if you become incapable in the future.

An Advance Directive is a legal document you can use to tell your health care team directly what your wishes are regarding certain medical decisions. This document is commonly known as a 'living will' but only became legal in British Columbia on September 1, 2011.

You can only make a Representation Agreement or Advance Directive while you are mentally capable.

If you don't have a Representation Agreement or Advance Directive, your doctor will appoint your next of kin to be your health care decision maker in the event you are not able to make a health care decision for yourself.

Prices - Documents purchased in addition to a Will

$200 Pair of Standard Enduring Power of Attorney documents for married or common law couple
$200 Single Standard Enduring Power of Attorney naming child or other person as your attorney
$100 Pair of Standard Representation Agreements for married or common law couple
$100 Single Standard Representation Agreement naming a child or other person as your attorney
   

Prices - Documents purchased on their own (no Will is purchased)

$400 Pair of Standard Enduring Power of Attorney documents for married or common law couple
$400 Single Standard Enduring Power of Attorney naming child or other person as your attorney
$300 Pair of Standard Representation Agreements for married or common law couple
$300 Single Standard Representation Agreement naming a child or other person as your attorney
  Advance Directive (we currently do not have a fixed price for this document)

Prices - Committee Application

Legal fees charged for a Committee application are based on the amount of work required for the specific case calculated using hourly rates. A simple Committee application often results in $4,000 - $5,000 in legal fees. In addition to legal fees, there is usually around $1,000 in out of pocket expenses including court filing fees and fees payable to the Public Guardian and Trustee to review the application.

More Information

Click here for more information about Incapacity Planning & Health Care Decision Making.


Estate Disputes

Occasionally disputes arise regarding Esates.

A deceased person's spouse or children may try to sue the estate using the Wills Variation Act if they are not happy with how the Will says the estate is to be divided up.

If the deceased person's last Will seems suspicious, a beneficiary of an older Will or next of kin who would inherit if there was no Will, may try to contest the suspicious Will to prove it is not valid.

Beneficiaries of an Estate are sometimes unhappy with the performance of the Executor and can use the court to enforce their rights.

Prices

Legal services regarding estate disputes are provided at hourly rates.

More Information

Click here for more information about Estate Disputes.


Initial Consultation

You can meet with a lawyer for a no commitment initial consultation (up to one hour). You can discuss a legal matter regarding Wills, Probate or related areas of law. The lawyer can review your court documents or an old Will, notarize documents, etc. The fee is $300.

Please call to book an appointment if you would like an initial consultation. We are not available on a drop in basis.


Services Not Offered

We specialize in Wills, Probate and related areas of law.

We are not able to offer the following services:

  • Real Estate Transactions (Purchase, Sale, or Mortgage)
    • except for property being sold by an estate client or transfered as part of an estate plan
  • Business Law, Contracts, Incorporations
  • Family Law
  • Criminal Law

We recommend you search YellowPages.ca for a lawyer providing the services you require.

You can also try the Canadian Bar Association's lawyer referral service.


Hourly Rates - Disbursements - Sales Tax - Methods of Payment

Most services are billed for on the basis of hourly rates. Our current hourly rates are:

  • $350 - Dwayne Pommer - lawyer with more than 20 years experience; and
  • $150 - Meghan Simpson - paralegal with more than 20 years experience.

We also chargefor out of pocket expenses we incur on our clients' behalf (known as disbursements) such as court filing fees, land title search fees, courier charges, etc. We do not mark up any disbursements, we only charge you what we pay. We don't charge any overhead disbursements such as file opening fees, word processing fees, photocopying, faxes, long distance charges, etc.

GST & PST is payable on all legal services and most disbursements.

Unless we agree otherwise, all invoices are due within 30 days, and interest of 2% per month is charged on overdue invoices.

We accept payment by personal cheque, bank draft, Visa and MasterCard. We do not accept cash or debit.

You can also pay your bill online using your credit card. Click here for online payments.


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Dwayne Pommer Law
250-564-5300 ph 1-866-333-9455 toll free 1-866-342-9586 fax (local & out of town)
#103-530 Central Street East, Prince George, BC, V2M3B7