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Is Your Family Protected After Your Arrival In Canada?

Blog posted on by Evelyn Ackah in Wills and Estate Planning

Is Your Family Protected After Your Arrival In Canada?

After you arrive in Canada as a worker or permanent resident, your immediate immigration needs are met - but your legal needs are not all met. One of our clients recently moved to back to Canada with his foreign wife after living abroad for many years and tragically died shortly after their arrival. While their foreign-born son is eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship because his father is Canadian, his wife has no status in Canada. Now in addition to mourning her husband, she has added complications because she is not yet a Canadian legal resident. They had made new wills when they married and had their child, but they had not updated them when they moved to Canada.

This tragedy motived me to ensure our immigration clients are set up for post-arrival legal services. We now have the expertise on our team to provide wills and estate planning legal services through our firm.

Ackah Law Post Arrival Wills and Estate Planning Services

Ackah Law is expanding our practice areas and offering wills and estate planning services to our immigration clients. When you come to Canada as a foreign worker or permanent resident, you will need a will or other changes to your estate plan. After you arrive in Canada, you have a lot of paperwork to complete and things to do to settle into your new life, your job or your studies. It's easy for important things to be overlooked or forgotten.

Are You Required to Have a Will In Canada?

You are not legally required to have a will in Canada. However, if you don't have a will, the laws in the province or territory you live in will determine how your estate is divided - not necessarily the laws of your home country. A will is a legal document that says how you want your assets to be distributed if you die. Your estate includes what you own (called assets) and what you owe (called liabilities). An up-to-date will can help your estate representative deal with your estate when you die. Provinces and territories set the laws for estate planning.

A lawyer who is trained in wills and estate planning services and has expertise in immigration laws can give immigrants peace of mind and protect their future and the futures of their families and loved ones.

Let Us Help Protect Your Loved Ones

Now, our law firm can help you protect your loved ones by offering wills and estate planning services. Call Ackah Law today at (403) 452-9515 to discuss what steps you should take now to protect your family and loved ones.

Evelyn L. Ackah, BA, LL.B.

Founder/Managing Lawyer

Ms. Ackah is passionate about immigration law because it focuses on people and relationships, which are at the core of her personal values. Starting her legal career as a corporate/commercial ...

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It is hard enough in the normal course of business to obtain permanent resident status in Canada. Imagine the difficulty in gaining that status with a 36 year old developmentally disabled daughter. That was our experience. My husband had been recruited for the C.E.O. position at the Calgary Public Library. Even the process to obtain temporary work permits for all three of our family members took some time and effort. The Ackah Firm was with us every step of the way. They gave us good advice, managed the paperwork and kept my husband’s employer informed. They were also proactive by insisting that we get on with the process of permanent residency in a timely fashion. Again their experience and knowledge paid off. They utilized other legal expertise to make a case that our daughter would not be a burden to the Country or the Province. They were respectful of our point of view that despite her disabilities she had always been an active and engaged member of the community. We were pleased that permanent residence for parents and child came through fully six months before the temporary status expired.

– Margaret and Bill Ptacek

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