Wills and Estates

The Rasmussen Starr Ruddy team prepares wills to suit every client’s needs from the simple to the complex, including tax planned wills, the use of trusts and powers of attorney. Our team also has extensive experience in estate administration.

Our wills and estates services include:

  • Advising beneficiaries and executors
  • Asset inventory
  • Charitable donation planning
  • Distribution of estate assets
  • Estate administration
  • Executor appointment
  • Family trusts and estate freezes
  • Filing of estate documents
  • Generational transfers
  • Guardianship of minor children
  • Income splitting
  • Probating wills
  • Passing of accounts
  • Management agreements
  • Powers of attorney for personal care and for property
  • Trusts
  • Will and trust interpretations
  • Wills

I have referred several people to Melody MacDonell over the years. She is extremely knowledgeable, professional and efficient. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend anyone at Rasmussen Starr Ruddy.

— Dawna Christy

A big thank you to Melody and her staff. Melody is straight forward and knows her stuff. Although going through a separation is hard, I was very confident things would work out in my favor. And they did. Looking forward to the next new chapter to begin. Thanks again Melody.

— Kristina Dowsley

I don’t know what I would have done without them. You may not remember every word they say, but you’ll never forget how they make you feel.

— Judy Everson

Their personal skills are great: they’re very easy to deal with. I question a lot and they’re very accommodating.

— Donna Lea Andrews, Andrews Brothers Construction (Ottawa) Ltd.

I like the fact that I can pick up the phone and talk to my lawyer, not an assistant. Other firms are getting too big to provide personal service.

— Ken Crawford, C&M Electric

They have a clear understanding of our business and are very responsive. The partners are well respected among their peers.

— Jonathan Westeinde, Windmill Developments

They’re prompt, intelligent, give good advice, and charge reasonable rates.

— Stan Neathery, Integrating Solutions Inc.