There are many reasons why you might need a lawyer after your loved one passes away. If the loved one appoints you as their executor you will likely need notarially certified copies of their will and Death Certificate.
Financial institutions, government agencies and other organizations often request notarially certified copies of documents in order to transmit jointly owned assets like real estate, personal bank accounts, mutual funds, GICs and investment accounts outside of registered investments. Similarly, institutions that hold registered investments like RRSPs, RRIFs, life insurance products, pension plans and tax-free savings accounts also request that documentation in order to transfer beneficially designated products.
A lawyer can also help you obtain Probate. Some lawyers, usually Solicitors, specialize in estate planning and should be consulted to help in minimizing legal grief when dealing with personal grief.
As published in the Comox Valley Record October 14, 2020