Whether your loved one died with or without a will, the courts have very broad authority to vary the disposition of the estate so that certain family members are properly cared for. If you want to seek relief from your loved one's will, we at Walsh LLP in Calgary and Okotoks can help. We are experienced estate litigation lawyers who can advise you of your options and represent you in court.
Family Maintenance And Support
According to the Wills and Succession Act in Alberta, if the share of an estate, whether by will or by intestacy, that certain family members are entitled to does not provide them with proper maintenance and support, a court can change how the estate is distributed. Formerly called "dependants' relief," this applies to specific individuals: the deceased's spouse or adult interdependent partner, children under the age of 18 or under the age of 22 if they are full-time students, and other adult persons who are considered to be dependants, pursuant to the Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act.
A court will only make changes to the estate distribution through a proper formal legal application. At Walsh LLP, we can discuss your options with respect to a deceased person's estate. In addition to dependants' relief, we may also assist you in a will challenge application if the will does not meet the threshold to be legally valid. We encourage you to contact us for a consultation, during which we can discuss what legal options may be appropriate in your circumstances.
Will Contest Lawyers: Serving Southern Alberta
Walsh LLP is a full-service Calgary and Okotoks law firm whose estate litigation lawyers are highly respected for the work they do on behalf of estate beneficiaries, administrators and trustees. To learn more about our services, please get in touch.
To schedule a consultation with one of our dependants' relief and remedies lawyers in Calgary or Okotoks, contact us online or call 403-267-8400 locally, 800-304-3574 toll free.