Wills and Estate planning give you and your loved peace of mind


Wills play an important part of any Estate Plan and it is imperative that these types of documents are prepared correctly in accordance with your wishes, your circumstances and the law.

Notwithstanding popular belief, without a will, the Government will not automatically inherit your assets or property upon your death. In fact, without a will, your estate is subject to the division schedule outlined within the Succession Law Reform Act, (Ontario) which may be difficult for your loved ones to understand or apply. Further, if you have assets that are located outside of Ontario, parts of your estate are subject to that jurisdiction which can further complicate matters.


While Wills have the ability to speak on your behalf after death, Powers of Attorney speak on your behalf during circumstances in which you are incapacitated or unavailable to make decisions for yourself. Preparing Powers of Attorney for both personal care and property are also an important aspect of your estate plan. These documents ensure that you have the ability to choose the person that will make decisions and maintain your assets during your absence or incapacity. The Power of Attorney also gives you the ability to provide directions to your selected attorney as well as place any restrictions upon the actions that they may exercise.

Law In Motion Professional Corporation has experience with drafting Wills and Powers of Attorney and will work with you to ensure that your wishes are well documented within your Will and Power of Attorney documentation.


A codicil is a legal document that attaches to an original Will and provides an amendment to the Will itself. Codicils are useful in the event that your circumstances have changed; however, the changes do not impact the entire will. For instance, a codicil can be used to change your named executor or the distribution of certain property etc. Akin to the Will document, a codicil must be signed, dated and witnessed by two individuals and is subject to the Succession Law Reform Act (Ontario).

Although a codicil may seem like an easy option and solution to amend a will, it may not always be the best avenue. Law In Motion Professional Corporation is familiar with Will drafting and provides Will review services to ensure that your will is up to date with the law and your wishes. Upon review, Law In Motion Professional Corporation will work with you to ensure that a codicil is sufficient in your circumstances.


Although Ontario does not impose estate or death taxes, in certain circumstances, when an individual passes away, the assets of the Estate may be subject to an Estate Administration Tax (also known as “Probate”). Probate is the process wherein the Will is validated by the Court and a Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee (with or without) a Will is issued. As part of the process, the estate must be valued and estate administration fees must be paid to the Minister of Finance.

In January of 2015, the Ministry of Finance created the Estate Information Return which must be filed by all individuals who have received a Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee (with or without) a Will after January 1, 2015. There are certain exceptions to this general rule; however, typically, an Estate Information Return is due within 180 days after the date of issuance of the Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee (with or without) a Will.

With proper planning, estate administration fees can be minimized or avoided all together thereby negating the requirement to file an Estate Information Return; however, this will depend on your circumstances and wishes. Law In Motion Professional Corporation is familiar with estate matters and will work with you and your accountants to ensure that your estate is structured in the most advantageous way for yourself and your heirs and can also provide assistance throughout the process.

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