Skip to content

Wills & Estates

Wills and Estates Lawyers Vancouver, Wills Lawyer

North Vancouver and Area Wills and Estates Planning Lawyers

Ratcliff has been assisting families in British Columbia deal efficiently with estates for the last 60 years. Our broad range of experience enables our wills and estates lawyers to provide you with practical, cost-effective advice that can shield you from unnecessary liability and paperwork.

Our experienced wills lawyers have in-depth knowledge of wills and estate planning, Powers of Attorney, decision-making authorities (such as Representation Agreements and Committeeships), estate administration and probate, and estate litigation.

Our Wills and Estates Services Include:

Estate Planning & Will Creation
  • Developing a detailed overview of your estate planning objectives
  • Crafting tailored advice on how best to accomplish your wishes
  • Recommending appropriate strategies to protect wealth and beneficiaries
  • Guidance on appointing guardians for minor children and creating trusts for those under 19
  • Establishing Powers of Attorney and Representation Agreements
  • Advice on a variety of asset protection issues, such as avoiding Wills variation claims
  • Helping to minimize delays and expenses while optimizing tax implications
Estate Administration & Probate
  • Advising Executors, Administrators, and Trustees in discharging their duties
  • Helping surviving family members of a person who has died intestate without making a Will
  • Obtaining grants of probate (if there is a Will) or Letters of Administration (if there is no Will)
  • Assisting with accounting obligations, including the passing of estate or trust accounts
  • Dealing with complicated estate assets, including business assets and out of province assets
  • Reporting to beneficiaries as required and liaising with other advisers, such as accountants
  • Assisting the resolution of disputes involving trusts, wills and estate

Our Wills and Estates Lawyers

Lead, Wills & Estates Practice Group


Managing Partner

Uniquely Positioned to Assist First Nations Clients

Ratcliff’s Wills and Estates lawyers are well-equipped to support First Nations and Indigenous Peoples with their estate planning needs. With over 50 years’ experience collaborating with Indigenous communities, Treaty Nations, and bands under the Indian Act, our team ensures that your aspirations, concerns, and community dynamics are woven into the fabric of your estate plan.

Our lawyers also provide ongoing education to Indigenous governments and First Nations administrations on estate planning matters.

Estate Planning for First Nations
Disabled Beneficiaries

Estate Planning for Disabled Beneficiaries

Ratcliff’s Wills and Estates lawyers are experienced in designing estate plans tailored specifically for disabled beneficiaries. With a deep understanding of the unique challenges faced by individuals with disabilities and their families, our team is experienced in crafting comprehensive and compassionate estate plans that ensure the long-term financial security and well-being of your loved ones.

*Law Corporation

Ready when you are

Our lawyers offer a broad range of experience and expertise, with a client-first philosophy to help you achieve your goals.

Ready when you are

Our lawyers offer a broad range of experience and expertise, with a client-first philosophy to help you achieve your goals.