LeClair Thibeault

Wills & Estates

Wills and Estates

Failing to plan an estate is planning to cause a huge conflict among family members after the funeral. Spare your heirs years of arguments by turning to reliable legal professionals.

Wills & Estate Planning

DONE NOW. DONE RIGHT. ®

Effective estate planning means being as specific as possible about the most important things. You can also amend the plans as relationships change, new family members are born, and life happens.

Don’t put it off

Many people avoid getting a head start on estate planning because they may believe that it’s too ‘early.’ Others don’t want to think about what would happen after their passing.

Regardless of the reasons for avoiding estate planning, deferring it can only make the process more complicated and contentious. At LeClair Thibault, we specialize in making the estate planning process as stress free as possible.

Wills can be amended

Another reason why some people put off having a will written is because they think that a will is necessarily an unchanging and unalterable thing. Many people get a false impression because movie, television, and play writers like to use wills as dramatic plot elements.

While unchanging wills might make for entertaining TV, amending a will in reality is easy. When circumstances change, we can amend your will.

Avoid hefty tax bills

There is no ‘death tax’ or inheritance tax in Canada. However, the sale of the estate can be subject to certain taxes unless it’s passing to the surviving spouse or common-law partner. Proper estate planning can insulate the estate from tax bills by restructuring assets, ensuring that the inheritance is clearly established, and handling other details. We specialize in handling all of those issues for our estate planning clients.

Structure the estate to avoid contention

Preventing fights among surviving heirs is often at the top of mind for many clients. The most common cause for fights is when major assets are not clearly assigned to certain heirs, or if there are so many complex stipulations that heirs can get into disputes with the estate. Issues related to jointly held property can also cause additional confusion. Our estate planning practice helps you to avoid the common pitfalls.

areas of expertise

When it comes to protecting your real estate, experience is an invaluable asset. We are the preeminent Real Estate law firm in Alberta.

Real Estate

There’s more to structuring a mortgage than just getting a low-interest rate. We’ll ensure tax efficiency, minimize hidden fees, and protect your Real Estate rights. We also structure transactions to ensure that you increase your gains and minimize your risks. You need the right team behind you for support. Go with the experts.

Wills & Estates

A well-planned estate can make the difference between a smooth and drama-free transfer of assets and a multi-decade long conflict among family members. Our expert estate lawyers will ensure that inheritance issues won’t disrupt your family harmony. When drafting a will, it’s critical that it be Done Now. Done Right.®

Foreclosure Defence

A foreclosure notice isn’t the end. LeClair Thibeault will fight for your rights. We’ll minimize damage to your credit, help you to either remain in the property or find a new home, and defend your assets from seizure. Don’t let the banks dictate terms to you. You don’t have to fight foreclosure alone: we’ll stand with you.

Commercial Law

Alberta’s leading financial institutions trust LeClair Thibeault above most other area law firms. Our commercial law group focuses include business sales and purchases, commercial purchases, refinancings,  secondary lending and more. When your business is on the line, get it right the first time.

Foreclosure defence

When it comes to defending your property from foreclosure, you need the right legal representation to guide you to the best possible resolution.

By adopting a smart strategy for dealing with your lender and state authorities, you can increase your chances of reaching a successful resolution with your lender: a short sale, loan modification, refinancing agreement, or other method of resolving foreclosure.