Estate Planning and Executor Duties

Whether you are planning your estate or carrying out duties as executor or administrator of an estate, our firm understands the overwhelming nature of these tasks and can offer solid advice, guidance and peace of mind in knowing your affairs will be dealt with as you intended.

Making decisions regarding your estate can be a worrisome task but it is a necessary one. We can offer simplified explanations of the process and advice to your specific needs. Our estate planning in St. John’s includes enduring powers of attorney, preparation of your last wills and testaments and advanced health care directives.

Executing an Estate

As executor of an estate, it is your duty to carry out the directions of the Will, including arranging for payment of any debts and distributing money and effects of the estate. We will assist you every step of the way by advising you of your obligations and requirements, applying for letters of probate or administration, settling the estate and providing accurate accounting for beneficiaries, and dealing with any issues that may stem from estate matters.

You don’t have to do it alone; consult with us today.

Our Wills and Estate Services Include:

  • Estate planning consultations

  • Last will and testament, enduring power of attorney and advance health care directive

  • Codicils to last will and testament

  • Probate of estate (or administration) – applying for letters of probate, including proof of will and inventory, preparation of estate accounting, vesting assents, disbursement of money and effects, etc.

Need a Notary?

We offer notary public services at our office.


McDonald & Hounsell Law Offices

74 O'Leary Avenue, 

Suite 203 of The McDonald Building,

St. John's, NL 

A1B 2C7

Phone: 709-726-9818



Monday - Friday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Closed Saturday, Sunday and on statutory holidays


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