Martin & Hillyer has been providing Will and Estate services to Halton and surrounding areas for over 40 years. We understand that issues related to Wills and Estates can be sensitive and challenging to talk about. With support and expertise from Robert Martin and Emma O'Donnell, we can assist in making sure you are 100% comfortable with your Estate Planning, leaving you to enjoy your life knowing your future is being looked after.
Our estate planning services focus on the drafting of wills and powers of attorney. Your will directs the distribution of your assets after your death. Without a will, your estate will be administered according to formulas put in place by the provincial government and this may not reflect your own wishes or your family's best interests. We can draft a will for you that not only ensures your wishes are respected, but which has the best chance of being legally enforceable and standing up to potential challenges.
Powers of attorney are extremely important legal documents when preparing for the future. Powers of attorney allow you to appoint somebody who can make decisions on your behalf in regards to finances or personal care if you are unable to make such decisions yourself. They are especially important if you suffer an unexpected accident or illness that leaves you incapacitated.
Estate administration is the process whereby an individual’s wishes (as set out in his or her Will) are given effect after death.
We strive to help you avoid disputes during the administration of an estate by providing clear and knowledgeable legal advice. If you are acting as an estate trustee, or executor, we will advise you on your legal duties and responsibilities to ensure that you are in full compliance with the law. In cases where a person dies intestate (i.e., without a will) we can assist you and your family in understanding how provincial regulations determine how the estate will be administered.
Sometimes estate disputes do arise. Whether you are challenging or defending a will, we can advise and represent you in the litigation process. We know that estate litigation can be extremely stressful and we are committed to helping you achieve the best possible resolution.