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There are a number of processes that have to be taken by an Estate Trustee (formerly "Executor") and they will depend on whether there is a Will or no Will and what assets the deceased had when he or she passed away. The issues of immediate concern will be deciding organ donation, cremation versus burial, and dealing with your loved one's perishables. The funeral home will often assist with government filings and will provide you with multiple death certificates. Once urgent issues are dealt with, the Trustee should contact a lawyer to determine the appropriate steps to be taken in your personal situation to administer that particular estate. Do not hesitate to contact a lawyer, funeral home representative, accountant/tax filing person, financial planner/banker/insurance agents (as necessary) to get assistance. They will help make this an easier process at a difficult time. It makes sense for the Trustee and family to contact a lawyer to determine how to proceed and make the process easier to understand.

 

DISCLAIMER: The information found on this site is based on Ontario law. It is provided as information only and not as advice and does not create a solicitor/client relationship. The information is general in nature and individual facts may alter the application of this information or may result in other laws applying which are not referred to herein. It is important to seek legal help for your specific needs.

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