Your Will and related documents implement your legacy. They ensure you take a hand in the distribution and impact of your assets.
The drafting of a Will can be deceptively simple. In truth, it is a complex legal process executed on the back of proper estate planning, with tentacles reaching into tax law, trusts law, corporate law, and so on.
At AFOLABI, we are lawyers that plan estates, draft Wills, structure trusts, and administer estates. We have picked this one area of law to practice remarkably well.
From our offices in Ottawa and Toronto, we serve clients as lawyers in every location in Ontario, delivering customized Wills, estate and trust solutions and services - ones that fit hand in glove.
Peruse our website to learn more about what we offer, then schedule a consultation to get started.
Our Ottawa office is located on Lebreton Street South, close to the intersection of Carling Avenue and Booth Street.
Lebreton Street South is close to Ottawa's Little Italy, Chinatown, the Glebe, and Centretown. The street offers free one hour parking, so you can proceed with our legal services without worrying about feeding the meter.
Our Toronto Office is located on University Avenue, very close to the St. Patrick TTC station, delivering on downtown convenience and accessibility.
University Avenue and its environs offer a plethora of services, ensuring your visit to our lawyer's office for your Will planning or estate administration appointment can be clustered with other downtown errands.
Our Wills and Estates Process
You're not a cookie. You are unique. So, it goes without saying that cookie-cutter solutions won't serve you well.
Your legacy is the culmination of your experiences, your efforts, your striving, your nurturing, your hopes, and dreams for into the future. It is about the impact you wish to make, and the arrangements you wish to establish.
At AFOLABI, our lawyers understand this deeply, and so your Will and related documents, or your estate administration arrangements, result from a process we have developed and carefully perfected over time.
It starts with the consultation, at our offices in Ottawa or Toronto, or by video call with any location in Ontario. We use a detailed questionnaire, one that ensures we deliver advice to you even as you deliver answers to us. It's all captured and saved to our lawyer office files automatically - no paper to lose, no details to forget.
The importance of a well-implemented consultation cannot be over-stated. It's your first time sitting down with your lawyer, and while you have the details that concern you, it is your lawyer's responsibility to acquire the right information, consider the right Wills and estates issues that apply, strategize with you, and apply the right Will drafting or estate administration approach.
The result must be a solution tailored for you. One that fits - hand in glove.
The Process Questions
If you've ever used a lawyer or any other professional service before, you may know that it is not impossible to leave the office with unanswered questions and doubts concerning what comes next.
It's why we take the time to explain our approach and answer any questions you may have about the process. Questions such as the following, which we often encounter during our consultations in Ottawa and Toronto:
How much will my issue cost in legal fees?
We offer flat fees for most of our services, and you can get your customized Will drafted for as low as $375.
Will you maintain regular communications with me or is this a one time deal?
Our lawyers send periodic newsletters and reminders to clients across Ontario from our Ottawa offices at no extra charge, ensuring you are aware of the types of changes that may trigger a need to revise or redraft your Wills and other estate documents. Since some life changes can invalidate a Will, this service is of some importance.
Will you deal with my business succession planning in addition to my personal estate?
Our lawyers put a plan together for the entirety of your estate - covering business as well as personal assets, whether they be in Canada or elsewhere. We can also work to structure or participate in structuring different solutions for different assets outside Ontario or Canada. After all, you may live in Ottawa, Toronto, or elsewhere in Ontario, but that doesn't mean your assets must be localized to just your city or province. For business clients, we can put together and assist in implementing a detailed succession plan.
Will you design a legally-sound approach to implement my ideas and thoughts?
We listen, taking your ideas, concerns and thoughts seriously. We put legal possibilities, advantages, and restrictions before you. We strategize with you. The result is a Will, and other estate documents as needed, that you can identify with.
Will my loved ones be taken care of despite the challenges I am currently facing?
There are many options when faced with estate planning during emergencies, domestic upheaval, or other challenging circumstances. Get our lawyers working for you, and we'll start putting some structure to the silver lining.
Rolling Up Our Sleeves
After the consultation, and after we are certain all of your process questions have been answered, our lawyers roll up their sleeves, and get to work for you.
Getting It Done
We finish what we start - whether it be the drafting of a single Will or the administration of a complex estate. We derive our "happy" from getting you to the point at which all that is left is to sign the documents. Then, should you reside in Ottawa or Toronto, you can simply come over to get it all done. If you are not readily mobile, we can come to you. If you are outside Ottawa or Toronto, we can follow the service steps set up at the time of the consultation - and that can mean coming to you or using arranged facilities close to you.
To reiterate the point we made at the beginning - you are unique, you are not a cookie. Having our lawyers work for you means getting to know what matters to you, and ensuring your Will, your other estate documents, your estate administration arrangements, fit - hand in glove.