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By-Your-Side Probate Services - Alberta's #1 Probate Coach

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As your probate coach
we believe an Estate in Alberta should be about preserving the inheritance for the beneficiaries, this is our top priority.

SINCE 2008

Fine out why Executors team-up with us!

"I discovered The Probate Coach one day while driving by a bus stop which advertised her services. I was thinking about hiring a lawyer to probate my mother’s estate, however, I found working with Carolyn an enjoyable experience because she is professional, efficient and knowledgeable. She has a thorough understanding of the probate process and a determined attitude in quickly completing a probate application for submission to the court. Her costs are also lower than that of a lawyer.

Our particular probate application had a few complexities which were easily handled by Carolyn and if I had any questions, Carolyn quickly answered them.

I have recently recommended Carolyn to one other person who needed to probate a will and his experience like mine was also excellent.

For those who need to probate a Will, I highly recommend hiring Carolyn. 

Thank you Carolyn for all that you have done for us."


"I found Carolyn’s “By-Your-Side” probate service online and she was also referred to me by a friend.  My mother’s estate, while substantial in monetary terms, was very simple - four beneficiaries, no properties to sell, etc.  While many lawyers would have charged me a percentage of the estate, Carolyn charges on an hourly basis.
The paperwork got done within a week.  Carolyn is very knowledgeable about all the forms and made it easy for me to understand.  She was always available whenever I needed to reach her.  Two weeks after the papers were filed in Medicine Hat, I had the grant of probate, with no revisions to the application.  It couldn’t have gone any better.  I heartedly recommend her services! "
L.R. (Calgary)

"Carolyn did a fantastic job of clarifying the probate process. She walked us through every step and made sure that we got it right the first time. Her services were very professional and at a fraction of the cost of what a law firm would have charged for the same service.  I would highly recommend her services to anyone."

L. I.

"Carolyn, on behalf of my family and I, we would like to thank you for helping us thru a very stressful time.  You are wonderfully knowledgeable and efficient.  Your fee is extremely reasonable and our experience was very positive all the way around.  Everything went smoothly and we are very happy.  Thanks again."

Some possible reasons for filing an application for a grant of probate:

Will needs to be validated by a Justice of the Court, if:
Why is it important to have a will?  Why do some wills need to be validated by a Justice of the court?
  1. Requested by Land Titles 
  2. Requested by Banks
  3. Requested by Insurance Brokers
  4. Requested by Vehicle Registry
  5. No Executor named in the Will

Some possible reason for filing an application for a grant of Administration:

  1. No Executor named in the will.
  2. No Will was made.
  3. Will cannot be found, nor copies of the same.

Possible reason for filing resealing of grant of probate:

  1. Testator lived in other Province owned real property in Alberta, too.

By-Your-Side Probate Services offers Executor(s):
  • Duties Demystified
  • Executor's Guide/Checklist  (free, upon request)
  • Less anxiety more peace-of-mind
  • Probate coaching(step-by-step easy instructions)
  • Significant savings of time and money

Call us before you order your application forms from Queen's Printer of the 300+ pages in the package we can inform you of which forms you will need to complete your estate matters.  Typically less than 20 pages are required for most estates.

Application Forms
We can walk you through the work that is needed once you have ordered your Queens Printer forms when you have to prepare the application for the Clerk of the Court.From start to finish we simplify your duties. Looking after the details of a loved one’s estate can be overwhelming.  Executor’s take their responsibilities seriously but the unfamiliar duties can be daunting.  Teaming up with By-Your-Side Probate Services will reduce your anxiety.  

As your Coach integrity & preservation of the estate is forefront in our mind for you and your family.

We reduce your anxiety with our free 1/2 hour consultation.  Contact us today for general inquires.
We also coach and work with executors or administrators who live outside of Alberta.  Our clients have lived across Canada, the U.S. and even as far away as the NetherlandsDistance has not affected the work quality and our turn-around time.

Non-Grant Application required when:

No filing of an application for grant of probate or grant of administration is required with the Justice of the Court; This is strongly recommended by the executor(s) before obtaining beneficiary release forms (your work is significantly reduced and very necessary.)

Other services with very modest fees:
  • Coaching/Preparing/Proofreading - Personal Directive Documents
  • Coaching/Preparing/Proofreading - Power of Attorney Documents
  • Coaching/Proofreading - Holograph Wills and Will Kits
  • Commissioner for Oaths (for Alberta) 
  • Executors Workshops (upon request only)

Office closed from July 27 to August  14th, 2017.  
(Email's or text will still be accepted from existing and potential clients for general inquiries.)

1/2 hour free consultation. 
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Call today!

Hours of operation to assist our client better is not set in stone. This allows us to accommodate your schedule better.