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When an individual passes away with assets in their name, such as a house, bank account, vehicle, securities or other assets, then Probate is required in order to transfer these assets into the hands of the beneficiaries of the estate.  Probating a Will is essentially a a legal process which seeks to confirm the validity of your will and the appointment of your executor or executors.  If you don’t have a Will at the time of your passing, your estate will still need to be probated, however it will a much longer, tedious and expensive process for your estate, as you will first have to have the Court appoint an administrator of your estate.



Choosing an executor (in your Will) is a very important task, as you will be entrusting this person(s) with administering your estate with the Courts. This executor will also be in charge of ensuring that your debts are paid, probate taxes are paid and all assets are accounted for and distributed eventually.  Now, while it is possible for someone to probate their will without the assistance of a Lawyer, this is not recommended, as there are many details and steps which need to be taken, in order to avoid delays and additional costs.


The process of obtaining Probate, involves the executor and other agents, obtaining all the required documents and asset information and providing that to their Estate Lawyer.  The Estate Lawyer will use these documents to formulate the Estate Court Forms, have them approved by the Executor, serving necessary documents,  and then submitting these documents in conjunction with the Estate Administration Tax (Probate tax) estimate and other corresponding documents.  Once it is approved by the Court, the presiding Judge (or Registrar) will execute a Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee with a Will (or Without one).  Once this document is received the executor can safely distribute the assets in accordance with the Instructions in the Will.  An Estate Information Return will also have to be filed within 90 days of the Certificate being Issued.  Unfortunately, most jurisdictions in Ontario are quite backed up, and once the application is submitted to the Court, it is likely to take 2-4 months in order to receive the Issued Certificate.  It is important to note, that often it takes more time, gathering all asset documents, sending out the required notices and preparing the Estate Court Forms to be Submitted.


Often there is confusion around probate tax in Ontario and whether or not Probate tax has to be paid for an estate.  It is confusing as there is no “death tax” in Ontario as there is in other jurisdictions in the works.  Alternatively, we do have to Estate Administration Tax in Ontario, also commonly referred to as Probate Tax.  The tax in Ontario is typically not a big concern as the rate of tax is cumulative and tops out at a maximum tier of 0.5%.  Therefore, currently in 2020, the Estate Administration Tax on an Estate valued at $1,000,000 is $14,250.00.  You can calculate the amount of Estate Administration Tax here using the Ontario Estate Administration Tax Calculator.


If you or a loved one needs assistance with processing an estate, call an experienced Estate Lawyer at Pranzitelli Law Firm Today.  We offer a free 30 minute consultation, and can discuss all fees in detail with you, before a retainer is signed.    Call us Today.

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1. Review the Details of the Case

Gather all the facts of the case, including witness statements, police reports, photographs, and more.

2. Layout a Roadmap

With our clients we will create a plan to ensure that you get the proper treatment you need from local treatment providers. Our team will be building our theory of the case, evaluating all liability documents, medical reports and all other pertinent documents.

3. Commence legal Action

Starting with a Demand Letter, we will put the Defendant(s) on notice of our claim, and if necessary, we will proceed all the way to trial. Our team always takes a common sense approach in attempting to settle the matter before a trial, however if necessary, we have and we are willing to proceed to have a jury decide your case!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you charge for a consultation?

We never charge for an initial consultation. At the free initial consultation, we will discuss the details of your potential case, the legal process and answer any questions you may have.

What about out-of-pocket fees?
ON all our contingency fee retainers, you will not be responsible for out of pocket fees. Our firm will pay for all necessary out of pocket expenses until your case is settled or decided at court.
Who will work on my case?
At Pranzitelli Law Firm, you have a team of lawyers, articling students, paralegals, law clerks and legal assistants working on your case. All cases are overseen by Adriano personally.
Does it matter how long do I have to file my lawsuit
Every case is different. Its important to get legal advice on your case immediately to ensure you do not miss any limitation periods.
How much can I expect to win?
While every case is different, the value of your case will depend on a number of factors. Speak to our team now to see if you have a case.

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