PROBATE – ALBERTA SURROGATE COURT UPDATE

We were pleased to review the Minutes of the Town Hall Meeting by the Surrogate Rules Advisory Committee. This meeting was held May 7, 2018 at the Calgary Court House.

Chief Justice Moreau complimented the clerks and court staff for greatly improving the turnaround times for processing applications.

Specifically of interest, we are pleased to note the following:

Great improvement in turnaround times for processing applications– in 2017 it took 16 weeks (Calgary)

•Now reduced to 1-1.5week (Calgary)

•Finding internal efficiencies is the main reason for the improved turnaround time

•Turnaround times currently:

Edmonton - 6 weeks (this has increased as 2 experienced clerks have recently retired)
Calgary - 1.5 weeks
Peace River - 1 week
Fort McMurray - 2 weeks
Drumheller - 2 days
(the number of applications they process is much smaller)
Lethbridge - 5 weeks
Wetaskiwin -1 week

We used to advise clients that an application for probate/administration could take at least 3-4 months to process. We have indeed seen some of our applications get processed in less than a month, which is a great improvement and welcome benefit to estate administrators and beneficiaries.

Please contact us if you have any questions about probate or estate administration.

Peter Robinson (77 Posts)

Peter G. Robinson is an accomplished and skilled general practice lawyer in Calgary, Alberta. Over his 20 year career, Peter has carved out his niche in Residential Real Estate, Wills & Estate Planning, and Probate Applications. Uniquely available to his clients, Peter is a calm and patient communicator who easily puts his clients at ease with straight-forward explanations of legal concepts. Blogging is his latest venture to cultivate awareness of NW Calgary Law, a law firm where he is the hands-on leader of an enthusiastic team dedicated to prompt and efficient service. Follow Peter on Twitter, connect with him on LinkedIn or visit www.nwcalgarylaw.com The content contained in these blogs is intended to provide information about the subject matter and is not intended as legal advice. If you would like further information or advice on any of the subjects discussed in this blog post, please contact the author at NW Calgary Law at 403.265.3010 or probinson@nwcalgarylaw.com.


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