There are a lot of great choices for will and estate lawyers in Calgary. In this article, we listed the top law firms we found in Calgary and expounded on what we thought of them.
We also answered some questions such as the pricing and included tips and tricks in choosing the best will and estate lawyer for your needs. Let’s start off with what is usually considered most pressing, though: the matter of cost.
How much does it cost to consult with a will and estate lawyer in Calgary?
Since every situation is different, there is no set fee for legal consultation in Calgary. It will depend on a lot of factors such as the law firm you choose, the nature and complexity of your case, and even the expertise of the lawyer in question.
Still, to give you a ballpark range for the price, expect to pay around 400 CAD-1300 CAD to hire a lawyer for your will and estate.
Take note that this range is still just a guide, as your overall fee will still depend on your agreement with your chosen law firm.
Top Law Firms for the Best Will and Estate Lawyers in Calgary
We assessed the following law firms based on these criteria:
1. One80 Law Group
|ADDRESS||141 Mahogany Square SE Calgary, AB T3M 0T1|
|EMAIL ADDRESS||[email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday-Friday (8 AM-5 PM); Closed on Saturdays and Sundays|
One80 Law Group was established in 2018, making them younger than the rest of the law firms in our list. Still they are worth mentioning because of their effective service, established clientele, and cost-effective prices.
What makes them different is that they offer virtual legal consultations, so you don’t even have to leave home to consult with a lawyer.
They’re a good option if you’re not comfortable going outside and meeting people in person but still want to get your affairs in order.
We liked that they have a solid system that’s seamless. You can sign your documents remotely and meet with one of their lawyers over video conference to discuss.
However if you’re the type who wants to meet with their lawyer face to face, it might be best to go for another law firm.
One80 Law Group can help you with drafting your will as well as arranging the following:
- Testamentary Trusts
- Tax Planning
- Appointment of Guardians
- Trusts for Minor Beneficiaries
- Business Succession Planning
- Personal Directives
- Power of Attorneys
Based on our poll of their previous clients and our own personal experience, they’re very prompt with the way they handle things, professional, accommodating, and very responsive from beginning to the end.
What we personally like most about them is their clear-cut and transparent pricing. We checked out their prices and collated them below for your reference:
|Will||500 CAD||600 CAD|
|Personal Directives||300 CAD||350 CAD|
|Power of Attorney||300 CAD||350 CAD|
|Full Package (Will, personal directive, power of attorney)||750 CAD||900 CAD|
We don’t seem to be the only ones who think so. Most of their previous clients also mentioned how they liked that everything is included within a flat rate.
Aside from will and estate planning, they also have a roster of real estate lawyers, probate lawyers, and personal injury lawyers, in case you may need them as well.
Since every case is different, it’s nice to know that they have these service areas available should they be necessary.
We do note that these service areas are a bit limited compared to some other law firms. So if you foresee that you will be needing additional legal support outside of these service areas, it might be best to look elsewhere.
The task was accomplished at a reasonable cost and with virtually no pain
It was time to bring my will and estate planning up to date, as my children are now grown adults.
One80 Law Group did a fabulous job. Both Catherine Young and Shelby Allen did an amazing, professional job of executing the documents in a very timely manner.I am sincerely grateful for the service provided and rest much easier knowing that the task was accomplished at a reasonable cost and with virtually no pain or mental anguish. -Karen Brick
Wonderful to work with in preparing updates to our 25-year-old wills
One80Law Group has been wonderful to work with in preparing updates to our 25-year-old wills. They provided recommendations and options to choose from that made this process so much easier than we had thought. Very fair price and prompt review and sign-off. Would recommend it to all regardless of your stage of life and needs. -Laurie Wilson-Temple
2. ZED Legal
|ADDRESS||527, 10333 Southport Rd. SW Calgary, AB T2W 3X6|
|CONTACT DETAILS||[email protected] | [email protected]
Tel: (587) 229-6555
Fax: (587) 327-8922
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Thursday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Evening meeting times are available Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Wills & Estate Planning can be intimidating, and writing a will can be a dragging experience.
With ZED Legal, they will make sure that it is a painless and hassle-free experience. They ensure that you have a complete, detailed, and comprehensive Estate Plan in place that is tailored to your specific needs.
ZED Legal has been founded by Zach Davis whose practice areas are Wills & Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration, Family Law, Real Estate, and Employee-Side Employment Law.
With having a well-experienced founder, ZED Legal’s Wills & Estates lawyer has assisted hundreds of Calgary residents in developing well-thought-out, detailed Estate Plans at a reasonable cost.
Once you have chosen to work with ZED Legal, they will be able to offer you the following options as well:
- Will Packages
- Enduring Powers of Attorney
- Personal Directives
- Will Reviews
- Specific-Purpose Powers of Attorney
- Legal Advice on Estate Planning Considerations
|Will Package (Includes Will, Enduring Power of Attorney, and Personal Directive)||645 CAD||845 CAD|
|Will Only||495 CAD||695 CAD|
|Enduring Power of Attorney OR Personal Directive||245 CAD||295 CAD|
|Updating an Existing Will or Looking for a Codicil?||Free 30-Minute Consultation with a Wills & Estates Lawyer to Discuss Your Options and Potential Costs of Each Option||Free 30-Minute Consultation with a Wills & Estates Lawyer to Discuss Your Options and Potential Costs of Each Option|
3. Clark & Clark Lawyers
|ADDRESS||8, 6020 - 1A Street SW, Calgary, Alberta T2H 0G3|
|EMAIL ADDRESS||[email protected]|
|TELEPHONE NUMBER||TF: 1.877.777.1443
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday-Friday (8AM-4PM)|
Clark & Clark Lawyers has been practicing since 1995, so they’ve been around for quite some time. Their years of experience and impressive track record must be why they have a solid reputation as a law firm.
One of their practice areas are wills and estates, but they also specialize in real estate and corporate and commercial law. We do notice that their service areas are not as extensive as other law firms, so this is something to consider with this law firm.
We also noticed that they’re mostly well known for their real estate practice but this doesn’t mean they’re not as excellent with handling your will and estate, otherwise we won’t include them in the list.
In fact, they can assist you promptly with matters like drafting and finalizing your will, arranging an enduring Power of Attorney, making a personal directive, and going through the legal process of probating your loved one’s estate.
In their own words, they promise “efficiency and ability to expedite the finalization of transactions at affordable rates”. This seems to not be an empty promise based on what we’ve seen with them.
We don’t seem to be the only ones that noticed. Their clients also commented that they’re very informative and knowledgeable and processes documents fast.
We observed that they don’t respond as fast as we hoped via email, so it might be best to contact them for inquiries through phone call or directly at their office.
They close very early daily, so if you only have time to go after work, it might be best to look for assistance elsewhere.
Excellent in translating my unique wishes into legal text
I was very happy with my experience with Clark and Clark Law Office in the preparation of my Will, EPA and PD. The staff is friendly and responsive and Max was excellent in translating my unique wishes into legal text, listening to my concerns, clearly communicating my options, responding to changes quickly and efficiently and providing valuable legal guidance. Thanks again Max! I would highly recommend this Law firm and will definitely return for future transactions. -Barbara Churchill
Kind, timely, and knowledgeable
Clark & Clark were exceptionally thorough and helpful. Not only were they kind, timely and knowledgeable, they worked tremendously hard to ensure that I was well cared for, and that the business we were working on was completed. Their turn-around time was exceptional! I would highly recommend Clark & Clark for anyone looking for thorough, knowledgeable, kind and exceptionally timely service. -Yiely Ho
4. Summit Legal Group
|ADDRESS||#200, 30 Glendeer Circle S.E. Calgary, AB T2H 2Z7|
|EMAIL ADDRESS||[email protected]|
|TELEPHONE NUMBER||Tel: 587-356-0356; Fax: 587-356-0355|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday-Thursday (8:30AM–4:30PM)
Closed on Saturdays and Sundays
Summit Legal Group was established by Sean Green in 2015, making it one of the younger ones in our list of law firms. Still, we included them in our list because of their established track record and rock solid reputation (not to mention their perfect 5.0 Google Review score).
Based on what we’ve observed and according to previous clients, they are very professional and thorough. They make sure to explain to you every step and nuance of your transaction, so you’re never left in the dark, which we like.
They claim to give timely service and open and clear communication, which we can attest to. They are very clear about everything and make sure you get a fair deal out of everything.
One of their practice areas is wills and estates. They can help you in making and finalizing wills, assist you with estate planning and trusts, arranging a Power of Attorney, processing your personal directive, and fixing dependent adult matters and even probate and estate administration.
One more thing we liked about their lawyers is that they really see to it that their clients are comfortable. Estates and wills are difficult to talk about, they make the process a whole lot simpler and smoother.
Aside from estates and wills, they also handle cases on commercial and real estate, small businesses, employment law, family law, notary services, and mortgage refinancing. As you can see, they have a wide range of practice areas, which is a good thing especially if you have a multi-faceted and complex case.
Having a lawyer who’s part of a law firm with a diverse portfolio can be a huge asset. We also took a peek at the team of lawyers they have and were impressed by their credentials and extensive experience.
As for their rates, they usually have flat rates for legal services. However, you need to consult with them for your particular case first before they give you a quotation for their services.
In case you do land on them as your law firm, make sure to check their schedules because they can get inconsistent.
Most wonderful experience I could have hoped for
I had Sean prepare my parents’ wills. It was the most wonderful experience I could have hoped for. Sean was extremely informative and explained everything so that my parents could understand. My father (90 years old) is very suspicious of doing any kind of business as he does not fully understand this type of transaction, but he was most comfortable with Sean. He was able to joke with Sean and have a few laughs, and was very relaxed. The office atmosphere is also very comfortable (no expensive suits and ties), casual attire which is also a very comforting feeling when you arrive. Meghan was an exceptional front-end person and made us feel at home the minute we were in the door. Thank you very much to Sean and Megan.- Kate
From the very first time [they] showed us that we could trust their professionalism and experience
We had the opportunity to receive legal services from Jonathan and Lindsay, who from the very first time showed us that we could trust in their professionalism and experience. Jonathan was always on our side and looking to ensure fairness, he was very clear and open to any question we had, he always addressed us in a respectful manner and we were very pleased with their clarity, advice and support throughout the entire process. Lindsay was always on top of things that were timely sensitive making sure everything was correctly fulfilled and Jonathan always followed through with all our concerns making them his top priority and solved them with an optimum outcome. We definitely recommend them and Summit Legal, and would use their services again.- John Valdes
5. Taylor Law
|ADDRESS||#240, 550 – 71st Avenue SE. Calgary, AB T2H 0S6|
|TELEPHONE NUMBER||Phone: (403) 259-4151
Fax: (403) 640-0103
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday-Friday (8 AM – 4:30 PM); Closed on Saturdays and Sundays|
Taylor Law has over 30 years of experience in estate planning, so they are very well-seasoned in handling all kinds of cases for wills and estates. Whether it’s a simple or complex case, they have extensive experience to back them up.
Based on what we’ve seen working with them and according to their previous clients, they are very knowledgeable and seamless with the way they handle clients. They deliver results with good communication from beginning to the end.
They are also very trustworthy and reliable, according to client feedback. We can see this in the way that they are very transparent especially when it comes to financial matters.
They can help you with the following services related to wills and estates:
- Enduring powers of attorney (POA)
- Personal directives and trusts; appointment of trustees
- Family wealth-management planning
- Business succession advice and planning
- Transferring corporate assets or shares
- Estate administration
- Inheritance taxes
- Personalized estate and incapacity plans
As you can see, they have a good grasp and knowledge of what is needed and of the various cases when it comes to handling wills and estates. We found them very dependable and reliable.
Aside from estate planning, they also have extensive experience when it comes to real estate law. However, their practice area is limited to these two, which is something to consider with this law firm.
However, if you only really need help with your will and estate or real estate matters, they are a good option for you.
They’re not as responsive as we hoped on email, so it might be best to contact them directly via phone call or consult at their office instead.
Professional, personable, and quick
My husband and I found Tom Taylor of Taylor Law and his assistant Julie Isaac to be very professional, personable and quick. It was easy to get in to see them, and always received a quick response to emails. I would definitely recommend Taylor Law to anyone who is needing representation. Thank you Tom and Julie for your services. -Pat Nash
I would highly recommend this firm
Great experience and very professional, the extra documents that were required were taken care of quickly. The fee based charge was more than reasonable for all the work involved. I would highly recommend this firm. Great job!! -Wade Bayda
6. Kahane Law Office
7309 Flint Rd SE, Calgary, AB T2H 1G3, Canada
Located Near Chinook Centre: Just Minutes Off Glenmore Trail, Blackfoot Trail, Heritage Drive & Macleod Trail
|TELEPHONE NUMBER|| |
Ph: (403) 225-8810
Fax: (403) 225-8289
Toll Free Phone: 877-225-8817
Toll Free Fax: 877-225-8818
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday-Friday (8:30 AM-4:30 PM); Closed on Saturdays and Sundays|
Kahane Law Office is a full-service law firm that has extensive experience in wills and estates. Founded in 2004, they’ve been in the practice for a long period of time so they’re well established and seasoned in all types of cases.
We were also impressed that Kahane Law Office has won numerous awards from bodies such as CalgaryInc Magazine, Business in Calgary Magazine, Calgary Choice Awards, and Top Choice Awards for their outstanding and reliable service and practice.
We found them very accessible because they are available even after hours and during weekends, unlike other law firms. You do have to pay an added charge, however.
In case you’re not yet comfy with the prospect of meeting people in person because of the pandemic, you can also have consultations over the phone or via video conferencing systems.
We personally appreciate that they have a clear cut and pre-set pricing system, even for estates and wills. They even have “a la carte” legal services where you’re given the freedom to choose which services you’ll be getting.
For the prices for wills and estates, check out our table below:
|Simple Will, Power of Attorney & Personal Directive package||950 CAD||1250 CAD|
|Will only||650 CAD||950 CAD|
|Codicil||250 CAD||450 CAD|
|Power of Attorney & Personal Directive Package||500 CAD||750 CAD|
|Power of Attorney Only||350 CAD||500 CAD|
|Personal Directive Only||250 CAD||350 CAD|
They’re a bit more expensive than the other law firms in the list, so if you’re looking for something low-cost, it might be best to look for a different law firm.
Aside from wills and estates, they also have the following practice areas:
- Family law
- Real estate law
- Employment and labor law
- Corporate and commercial law
- Immigration law
- Criminal law
- Copyright law
- Notarization and guarantees
Compared to the others, they have the widest range of practice areas, so this is great if your case is a particularly complex one where you will need additional legal support.
However, since they’re a very busy law firm you might have to wait when trying to contact them, which is a downside. It might be best to go there directly to inquire.
We liked how they’re in a very accessible location and are easy to spot. They also have free parking and they’re wheelchair accessible.
Personable and professional
Unbelievable experience for my family. Working with Jacob Plotsky was a blessing. Personable and professional. Highly recommend Jacob and this firm. They assisted us with my mother’s estate, buying and selling our home and completing our wills. Bravo! -Brian McCambly
Good communication; great value for money and all around very thorough
I have used Kahane Law Firm twice now and both times they have been more than wonderful! They are friendly yet professional; have very good communication; great value for the money and all around very thorough. I live out of town and they were very accommodating and understanding of my needs and my situation. I highly recommend them! -Lauren Turner
7. Laws & Beyond
634 6 Ave SW Suite 320, Calgary, AB T2P 0S4, Canada
|TELEPHONE NUMBER||+1 403-300-5297|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday-Friday (8:30 AM-5:30 PM); Closed on Saturdays and Sundays|
Laws and Beyond is a full-service law firm that has extensive services and proficient, professional lawyers on their roster. Their primary goals are to equip and guide people with the knowledge of the law to protect their family, as well as reduce the stress and be confident about the legal processes.
What we like about their services is that they tailor fit their strategies and representation based on the specific goals and needs of each client. Based on the different testimonies that we have encountered, Laws and Beyond make great connections with their clients and they deliver their services well.
Despite being a fledgling law firm, we were also impressed by how extensive their services are. In terms of Will and Estate law, they offer services such as assistance in making your will, enduring power of attorney, estate planning, among others.
And aside from wills and estates, they also practice in areas such as Criminal Law, Employment Law, Civil Litigation, Family Law, Immigration laws, and Debtor/Creditor Laws. So if you’re also looking for legal advice in other aspects of the law, you can also avail their services.
We are also impressed by the amount of languages in which their services are available. In terms of stress-reduction and building the trust of their clients, Laws and Beyond really nail this service by eliminating any possible language barriers that they may encounter
Megha Sharma is an amazing lawyer and will help you from start to finish. She is reliable, professional, and trust worthy. Megha and her team will do their best for you and your case. Highly recommend. Thank you Megha and team. – Shiffa Memonly
The firm is responsible and responsive, highly professional and straight to the point.
I have known Megha for some time now and she has always been there when I needed her and her firm’s services. My recent ask involved the generation of an employee release letter. It was done quickly and professionally. I also appreciated the advice I received when tackling the sensitive situation. The firm is responsible and responsive, highly professional and straight to the point. I would recommend their team for any and all of their services. – Jeff Colbourne
Tips for Choosing the Best Will and Estate Lawyer
Since there are so many law firms to choose from, picking the best lawyer for your needs can be a difficult process. So we listed down some tips to hopefully make the process easier.
1. Check out their track record and experience
Firstly, one of the most important things is to check out the range of their expertise. You can begin by asking yourself the following questions:
- How many years have they been practicing law?
- What does their track record look like?
- Have they handled and won similar cases to mine?
2. Ask for a quotation.
Consultations with lawyers can usually get expensive. So make sure to set your own personal budget and try to find the best one that you can afford.
Once you have finalized your list of possible law firms out of the lot, try to inquire and ask for a quotation. They’ll usually ask you about your particular case first, and then based on that information, they’ll let you know how much you need to shell out.
Every law firm has a different pricing structure. Some have flat rates for the whole process, some charge by the hour. So make sure to ask about this first before committing to anything.
Note, however, that sometimes additional fees come up, so it’s best to prepare for that as well.
3. Check out the extent of the law firm’s services.
Legal cases can be unpredictable, so it’s best to find a versatile lawyer from a law firm with a varied portfolio and extensive practice areas.
The law firms suggested above are mostly full-service law firms with numerous practice areas. This makes it easier in case your case needs additional legal support.
4. Read reviews and client feedback.
Checking out testimonials from previous clients can also give you valuable insight on whether a particular law firm is for you or not.
Law firms usually post testimonials on your site, but you can also check Google reviews and social media. Reviews usually cover a law firm’s overall attitude, efficiency, and whether they’re easy to talk to.
FAQs about Will and Estate Lawyers
The topic of estates and wills can make for a difficult conversation. Still, it’s important to have all your affairs in order to make sure your family and investments are well-protected.
Meeting with a trusted and reliable lawyer can help make the process smoother and avoid unnecessary mistakes with the necessary documents. We hope our guide helped you decide on the best law firm to consult with for your needs.
Did we miss out on any great law firms in Calgary? If we did, let us know your thoughts and experience in the comments.
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