Executor Duties, Beneficiary Rights, and Your Role

with Lynne Butler

Thursday, May 23, 2019

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Who Should Attend

This program is designed for all lawyers involved in advising executors and beneficiaries.

About the Program

The relationship between you and your client, who is acting as executor, can be complicated - especially when disputes arise between the executor and beneficiaries. While the question as to whom you owe a duty when representing an executor - who, in turn, owes duties to the beneficiaries - may be answered in law, successfully navigating that relationship in practice requires a little expert guidance. This new, 90 minute program with experienced estates lawyer Lynne Butler will explore common questions about the responsibilities and powers of executors, and the rights of beneficiaries, with a focus on how counsel for the executor can avoid controversy! Among the subjects Lynne will address are:

  • Who can see the will?
  • How does a lawyer work with co-executors who can't get along?
  • How can an executor defend against an accusation of breach of trust?
  • Is an application to remove an executor reasonable?
  • What is the limitation period on a claim for breach of trust?
  • What happens if an executor overpays a beneficiary?
  • Is there a right to an interim distribution?
  • Can executors demand releases from beneficiaries before paying them their inheritance?

In addition, Lynne will offer suggestions for: working with a trust company executor; dealing with “rogue” executors; and, resolving disputes about executor’s fees. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get answers to everyday questions about the divergent interests of executors and beneficiaries, and your role as lawyer! You’ll leave with a better understanding of how to successfully explain and approach real-life situations, without “crossing the line” or driving up costs.

Meet Your Presenter

Lynne ButlerLynne Butler is a lawyer, mediator, and writer. She graduated from UBC Law School and was called to the Bar in Alberta in 1986. After more than 20 years, thousands of wills drawn and hundreds of estates probated, Lynne joined the estates department of a leading trust company for a further seven years. She now practises law in her home province of Newfoundland and Labrador, working exclusively in wills, estates, probate, elder law, trusts, and related matters. Lynne has appeared on, or been interviewed by CPAC, CityTV, Global TV, BNN, CBC Radio, the Wall Street Journal, the Globe and Mail, the Vancouver Province, the Edmonton Journal, the Toronto Star, the Montreal Gazette, Canadian Lawyer, Today's Parent, Caregiver Solutions, Advisor's Edge, and Maclean's Magazine, among other publications. She is the co-host of a weekly radio show, The Law Show, and is the author of ten books about estate planning.

Program Schedule (Eastern)

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Welcome and Introduction

The lawyer-executor relationship

Core duties, responsibilities and powers of executors Key rights of beneficiaries

Sources of confusion and conflict between executors and beneficiaries

Strategies for avoiding disagreements

Ethical issues

Program Wrap-up and Evaluation

Praise for Lynne Butler

"Fantastic job breaking difficult information down into digestible chunks that are very easy to absorb."

"A great help in an estate case that I am involved in. Thank you for the terrific information."

"Excellent insights with a no-nonsense approach."

"Wonderful. Lynne’s light tone makes serious and often scary issues seem non-threatening and possible to work through."

"Great presentation. Lynne’s expertise, integrity and experience were clearly evident."

"Information provided was superb and helped to answer a lot of questions that I have!"

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Registration Fees

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Executor Duties, Beneficiary Rights, and Your Role - Thursday, May 23, 2019 $140.00

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Executor Duties, Beneficiary Rights, and Your Role - Thursday, May 23, 2019 $165.00

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