Durham Estate Planning Lawyers

Providing You With Peace Of Mind

Estate planning is important for everyone, regardless of the size of their assets. The process encompasses not only wealth management planning, but also important issues about decision-making at a time of incapacity. You can also formally designate a guardian for your children and make special provisions for those in your family who require special care.

Lawyers at Polak McKay & Hawkshaw provide you with estate planning services that are unique to you and your family — tailored towards your individual objectives and concerns. Located in Ajax, our firm's counsel have in-depth knowledge of estate law in Ontario and can advise you on its effect on your ability to execute your individual intentions.

Aspects Of An Estate Plan

An estate plan has many components. In addition to helping you determine who will receive your assets, our estate planning lawyers can assist with a succession plan for your business, discuss who will make decisions for you if you become severely ill or incapacitated and show you how a trust can be used to preserve assets for your beneficiaries. Among the legal tools we can prepare are:

  • Wills to designate who will receive assets, including items of special significance such as family heirlooms
  • Powers of attorney to designate someone you trust to make decisions for you if you cannot make them for yourself, specifically for legal, financial, health and medical matters
  • Trusts for a variety of purposes, including Henson's trusts for individuals with disabilities

Discussing these issues with a lawyer is beneficial to ensure that these documents are used properly. If improperly drafted, a will may be challenged in court. In the absence of a power of attorney, family members may have to go before a judge to get the authority to make decisions for you if you are unable to make them for yourself.

Contact Us

Estate planning need not be complicated. Talk to us about your specific objectives and needs. Please call us at 289-460-1506 or 800-787-1801 toll free or contact us online to make an appointment with an estate lawyer at our firm.