Durham Region Probate Lawyers

Reliable Legal Services For Your Family

Following the passing of a loved one, there are required legal steps to deal with the estate. Most people, without legal training and dealing with a personal loss, are challenged by this process. In all circumstances, whether there was a will or the deceased died intestate, there are many details to think about, and it may be time-consuming and burdensome.

The probate lawyers and staff at Polak McKay & Hawkshaw are here to assist. Since the 1950s, our people have been an integral part of the Ajax community, and we have guided many family members through the estate administration process in Ontario. Our lawyers are hands-on, experienced practitioners upon whom you can rely to make the process as expedient and stress-free as possible.

Comprehensive Assistance

There are many things to consider when a loved one passes. The services we provide include:

  • Probate of a will, also known as certificate of appointment of estate trustee with a will. This gives the estate trustee ("executor") the authority to administer the will.
  • Intestate succession, also known as certificate of appointment of estate trustee without a will. This gives a person the ability to manage estate assets for a person who died without a will.
  • Passing of accounts
  • Contacting beneficiaries and distributing assets
  • Closing of bank accounts and cancelling subscriptions
  • Filing a final tax return and informing government agencies about the individual's passing

In some cases, a beneficiary may challenge the will. Estate disputes such as these are often difficult for families, as they involve conflict between relatives and often question what the deceased really wanted. Our estate lawyers at Polak McKay & Hawkshaw have an extensive litigation practice, and we can represent your interests on either side of a will dispute.

Contact Us

Many estate administration and probate issues are time-sensitive. To learn about our services, call us today to arrange a consultation. In Ajax, our number is 289-460-1506. You can also call toll free 800-787-1801 or contact us online.