Wills & Estates

Although will and estate planning can be a complex undertaking for some clients, for most clients, preparing a will or powers of attorney is not quite as difficult as you may fear. The same is the case for administering estates. At Cohen Highley, we can meet our clients’ wills and estates needs efficiently and inexpensively.

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We can often take initial wills and powers of attorney instructions by phone, and clarify during that initial conversation what issues may need to be discussed more fully with family members or partners before preparing draft documents. Draft documents can be sent out to the client for review and any questions or concerns can also be addressed by phone if time is at a premium for the client.

When satisfactory drafts are in hand and all questions answered, all that is required to complete the service is a brief office attendance where we will do a final review and then ensure that the documents are properly executed and witnessed. Clients must remember that wills are designed to direct the administration of their affairs only after their death.

Most clients will also consider preparing powers of attorney at the same time to handle their affairs in the event that they should become incapable during their lifetime. In that unfortunate situation, the designated attorney (often the same person or persons who are appointed as estate trustees in your will), will be empowered to look after your financial affairs (continuing power of attorney for property) and your health care decisions (power of attorney for personal care). Preparation of these additional documents can often be handled in the same manner as the preparation of wills.

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Scott is an Associate in the firm’s Solicitor’s department, practicing corporate/commercial, real estate, and wills & estates law. Scott both summered and articled at Cohen Highley LLP. While gaining experience in all of the firm’s practice areas throughout his articles, Scott focused on Solicitor’s work, including real estate transactions and estate planning. Throughout law school,…

Gordon's practice includes the formation and structuring of corporations and other business entities both for domestic and cross-border purposes, mergers and acquisitions, securities law matters, lending and lease transactions, commercial real estate transactions, finance and leasing, and estate and succession planning.

Gemma practises in the area of commercial litigation, including estate litigation, contractual disputes, construction lien actions, commercial tenancy litigation and real estate litigation.

Landon practises in the firm’s corporate/commercial, real estate, and wills & estates team. In addition to both a Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Windsor and University of Detroit Mercy, Landon holds an MBA from the Odette School of Business at the University of Windsor.

Greg Hertzberger provides advice to corporations, their directors and shareholders, financial institutions and entrepreneurs. His practice includes business financing, asset transfers, mergers and acquisitions, as well as intellectual property and royalty licensing agreements.

Tyler practises in the corporate/commercial, real estate and estate planning department. He obtained an Honours of Business Administration degree with distinction in 2005. In 2006, he obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree. Tyler’s practice includes residential and commercial real estate transactions, estate planning, estate administration, incorporations and corporate transactions.

Brian's practice offers dependable, knowledgeable, and comprehensive services relating to residential and commercial real estate transactions, will planning, estate administration and corporate/commercial business law issues.

Paul has a broad business background predating his legal career. Paul’s legal practice focuses mainly on providing sound legal advice and services relating to corporate/commercial and business law matters, real estate transactions, both residential and commercial, and wills and estate planning and administration.