Probate & Estate Administration

Probate and estate administration for British Columbia residents

Our team of experienced probate professionals

Secure their legacy

Performing the duties of an executor can be an overwhelming and complex task, especially when coupled with challenging personal circumstances. Many executors find themselves faced with unfamiliar responsibilities, such as navigating the Supreme Court application for probate when dealing with estates valued over $25,000. This process can pose significant challenges, particularly for those new to the role. At Sage Hill Law, we offer comprehensive support to executors throughout the entire process, which can often span up to two years. Our team of experienced probate professionals excel in effectively managing the probate process, ensuring a seamless and efficient experience. By entrusting us with the estate, you can simplify the process and alleviate the stress associated with the complexities of probate and estate administration.

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A smoother and less stressful probate and estate administration process

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We understand the importance of transparency and efficiency in legal services. That’s why we provide upfront pricing, enabling you to plan your budget effectively. Let Sage Hill Law guide you through the executor duties, making the probate and administration process more straightforward and less burdensome. With our experience in probate and estate administration, you can trust us to handle the intricate details, giving you the peace of mind to focus on honouring your loved one’s legacy and fulfilling your fiduciary responsibilities.

Contact us today to book a consultation and discover how we can simplify your journey as an executor and provide the support you need.

Pricing

Sage Hill Law believes in up front pricing to offer ease and transparency to our clients. Estate files vary widely in the effort that is required to apply for a grant of probate or administration and to distribute the payouts and passing of accounts. Accordingly, we offer pricing tiers as shown below. The tier associated with a particular estate can be confirmed during a no-cost consultation which is required before an estate file is initiated.  Terms and conditions apply. 

Tier 1

Good for small, straight forward estate files

$3,700

+ GST & PST
  • Includes $420 in standard disbursements

  • Includes application for grant of probate/administration

  • No minors or mentally incapable

  • 1 – 2 beneficiaries

  • 1 – 2 bank and/or investment account(s)

  • Up to 2 additional non-financial assets (real property, vehicles, etc.)

  • No complications

 

Optional add-ons

  • Preparation of Disbursement of 1 payout to beneficiaries at file completion: $540

  • Preparation of Disbursement of 2 payouts to beneficiaries, one after approval of probate and a second at file completion: $970

Tier 2

Good for medium, straight forward estate files

$4,100

+ GST & PST
  • Includes $420 in standard disbursements

  • Includes application for grant of probate/administration

  • No minors or mentally incapable

  • 3 – 5 beneficiaries

  • 1 – 4 bank and/or investment account(s)

  • Up to 3 additional non-financial assets (real property, vehicles, etc.)

  • No complications

     

Optional add-ons

  • Preparation of Disbursement of 1 payout to beneficiaries at file completion: $785

  • Preparation of Disbursement of 2 payouts to beneficiaries, one after approval of probate and a second at file completion: $1,350

Tier 3

Good for large or potentially complex estate files

$4,750

+ GST & PST
  • Includes $720 in standard disbursements

  • Includes application for grant of probate/administration

  • Involves minors or mentally incapable

  • 1 – 10 beneficiaries

  • Multiple bank and/or investment account(s)

  • 4+ additional non-financial assets (real property, vehicles, etc.)

  • Potential complications

     

Optional add-ons

  • Preparation of Disbursement of 1 payout to beneficiaries at file completion: $1,135

  • Preparation of Disbursement of 2 payouts to beneficiaries, one after approval of probate and a second at at file completion: $1,830

  • Transfer of property to Executor and/or beneficiaries: $585 + disbursements + $15 per additional beneficiary after the Executor

  • Conveyance for Sale of Property: $1,000 + disbursements

Tier 4

Good for very large or potentially complex estate files

$5,200

+ GST & PST
  • Includes $720 in standard disbursements

  • Includes application for grant of probate/administration

  • Involves minors or mentally incapable

  • 11 – 15 beneficiaries

  • Multiple bank and/or investment account(s)

  • 4+ additional non-financial assets (real property, vehicles, etc.)

  • Potential complications

     

Optional add-ons

  • Preparation of Disbursement of 1 payout to beneficiaries at file completion: $1,710

  • Preparation of Disbursement of 2 payouts to beneficiaries, one after approval of probate and a second at file completion: $2,540

  • Transfer of property to Executor or beneficiaries: $585 + disbursements + $15 per additional beneficiary after the Executor

  • Conveyance for Sale of Property: $1,000 + disbursements

FAQ

For an estate with a value over $25,000, you need to get permission from the court first to administer a person’s will as their executor. This process is called applying for grant of probate or administration.

Application of probate or administration can be submitted in as little as 2 months or up to 8+ months and then requires approval from the courts which generally takes 2-5 months depending on the regional court required for the file.

Full completion of an estate file can take up to 2 years from when the file is opened depending on the complexity of the file, particularly if property is required to be sold.

The best way to expedite an estate file is to engage an experienced estate administration team and to have an executor who is organized and proactive in assisting with information required to reach application of probate. An estimated timeline will be provided to you at the start of your estate file when particulars of your file are clearer to our lawyer.

Working in partnership with an executor to create the consent, releases and accounting for beneficiaries of an estate.

This can be a fairly complex and time consuming process.

An interim (first payout) is permissible after an application of probate or administration is approved. This can be achieved in 4 – 13 months from the start of an estate file. Generally, Tier 1 and 2 files are at the shorter end and Tier 3 and 4 files are at the longer end of this range. An interim payout generally requires the support of an accountant to determine appropriate hold-back amounts.

A final payout (following an interim payout or as a stand alone payout) is processed at the very end of an estate file. This can be up to 2 years from when the file is started.

No, add-ons for payouts or transfer of property can be added later on if desired or required for your file in the case of property transfers or sale of property.

A property owned by the deceased must be transferred into the name of the executor in order to be sold, or if a property is being directly transferred to a beneficiary.

This step would be completed after approval of probate or administration is achieved.

What people say about us

Client testimonials

Barbara E.
"We have used Kyle Johnson's services several times most recently to help me handle being executor for a family members estate. He and his staff have been very helpful -- always getting back to me promptly with answers to my emails and calls. Kyle even fit us in with an hour notice when we needed an emergency notarization done. I would highly recommend this law firm."
Susan D.
"We were very impressed with the service provided in handling our mother's estate. Their knowledge and expertise really helped us. Communication was easy and the staff were great to deal with. They definitely took the anxiety out of the process and communicated with us efficiently. Would definitely recommend them for anyone who is struggling with knowing how to proceed with estates."
B.L.
"I would recommend the administration and estate planning. I found the entire team experience very helpful. Sara was a very good communicator who kept us informed and on the right path throughout the estate administration.I have already recommended them to a local business because I am confident with the services provided. Thank you to all of the team!"
Jim R.
I want to fully compliment the firm on their efficiency, transparent methodology, and professional service coupled with patience since there was a loss of a loved one associated with my duties. Legal Assistant, Sara Duchart was my main contact person so the bulk of this positive recommendation is related to her and Lawyer, Kyle C. Johnson.

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