Is it inadvisable to write my own will? Do I really need a lawyer to plan affairs relating to my estate? These are questions I get asked all the time. The answer? Absolutely! An experienced will planning lawyer in Toronto can make the process painless and handle the details with the utmost accuracy and professionalism.
Do I need a lawyer for a trust? While this is not mandatory, a trust attorney will handle the paperwork on your behalf. Your trustee/s will have access to legal assistance and this also ensures that your family doesn’t have to go through probate. Moreover, a good lawyer has the knowledge to lower your estate taxes and will be present to facilitate your beneficiaries receiving their inheritance.
My name is Matthias Duensing, and I specialize in wills, trusts, estates and real estate. I bring a wealth of knowledge into each project and ensure that your assets and financial future are secure. Here’s are the practice areas I can help you with:
There are plenty of advantages to hiring a lawyer to do your will. For one, you can enjoy peace of mind, knowing that the will is in compliance with all relevant laws and helps your heirs access the best tax benefits. In case there are peculiarities in your specific case, a lawyer can use their experience to navigate you through these in a manner that best protects your interests.
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Succession planning reaps plenty of benefits apart from simply ensuring that your heirs are secured should something unexpected occur. For example, by creating a strategic succession plan, you will be able to protect your company as it serves as continuity insurance, also taking into account grooming employees.
A qualified lawyer can guide you through the intricacies of developing a holistic succession plan that leaves nothing to chance.
Probate and Estate Administration Planning
Life is unpredictable, it’s best to plan ahead. I can assist you in all legal aspects of the distribution of an estate. When you need an executor, administrator or trustee, bear in mind that these are colossal responsibilities and you can’t just pick anyone.
My job as a probate administration attorney and estate administration lawyer is to act as an executor. My Toronto firm will oversee the disposition of property as per your wishes, ascertain the difference between a formal and informal probate, and execute all formal requirements as required by the law.
When it comes to the transfer of wealth from one generation to the next, oftentimes disputes between family members arise. These are usually complex and are further heightened by emotions and family dynamics.
I use my experience in this field to help intermediate the best outcome for all parties involved. Whether there is a disagreement wrt powers of attorney, joint tenancy, beneficiary designations, I exercise sound judgment to ensure your assets are not financially abused and fall into unintended hands.
How will I know if I need an estate litigation lawyer? If the following applies to you, it may be best to get in touch with a lawyer as your finances may get complex;
- You’re in a second (or later) marriage
- You have more than one business in your portfolio
- You have complex real estate investments
- You have minor children
- You were recently divorced
- There is an existing dispute between family members
- You want to leave all or some of your estate to charity
- You are eligible for federal and province estate tax
Residential and Commercial Real Estate
Your estate is most likely the largest investment in your lifetime. You may need a commercial and residential real estate lawyer to prepare, review and negotiate purchase and sale agreements, discharge mortgages, oversee the transfer of ownership, registration and deletion of construction lens and oversee co-ownership agreements.
Notarization and Commissioner of Oaths
Need notary services? I can help by;
- Notarizing documents
- Certifying true copies, photographs and ID documents
- Administering oaths, declarations and affirmations
- Drafting affidavits and statutory declarations
Duensing Law is a Trusted, Experienced and Affordable Firm
We structure your affairs both during your lifetime and after your death in accordance with your wishes. Duensing Law will provide practical, sound counsel on how to administer the estate as quickly and tactfully as possible, so nothing requires revisiting.
Contact us today at 416-601-4769 to get started on securing your assets and finances.
Kindly note that this content is provided for educational purposes only. Consult with your lawyer before taking any action.