High-Calibre Services For Wills, Trusts And Powers Of Attorney Preparation

To plan your finances and your future medical care comprehensively, a well-drafted will and the execution of a power of attorney and a representation agreement are essential.

The lawyers at Vancouver's McLellan Herbert, Barristers & Solicitors consult with clients on their future intentions and draft documents to execute them. McLellan Herbert advises clients throughout the Vancouver area, the North Shore, the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley.

Planning Ahead — The Key To Peace Of Mind

A will is your basic tool to ensure that your assets are distributed as you want after your passing. Since a BC will can be contested under the Wills, Estates and Succession Act, drafting this document with the advice of a lawyer can help ensure that your intentions are upheld. Depending on your situation, it may be to your benefit to place some assets in a trust, outside of the will. Hugh S. McLellan at McLellan Herbert can discuss this option with you.

A trust is a tool for the distribution or management of property either while one is alive (a living or "inter vivos" trust) or upon one's death (a testamentary trust). Trusts take many forms and have many uses in estate planning, including:

  • Tax planning
  • Distributing property while avoiding the probate process while maintaining privacy
  • Assigning control of property after one's death (for example, a trust dedicated to a child's educational expenses)

Safeguarding Clients' Interests When Drafting Powers Of Attorney

Assigning a power of attorney is another way for you to ensure that your wishes are upheld, in this case when you are incapable of making decisions on your own. A power of attorney can be appointed to make financial or legal decisions on your behalf and a representation agreement can be made to appoint someone to make personal or medical care decisions on your behalf.

McLellan Herbert's lawyers can help you draft a power of attorney document and a representation agreement, advise you on appropriate limits to be placed on the attorney's or representative's authority, and specify when it can be invoked.

Book An Appointment With Our Lawyers

Powers of attorney and representation agreements are indispensable parts of any estate arrangement. McLellan Herbert, Barristers & Solicitors, consulting closely with its clients, can draft powers of attorney, wills and representation agreements that implement their clients' intentions for the future.

Contact the firm's lawyers online or call 604-901-5186 or 800-449-4858 to set up an initial consultation. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by appointment. Hospital and home visits can be arranged.