My husband died very suddenly from a ruptured aorta. Although we talked often about our desires after death, we only had holographic wills. My husband's will needed to be notarized and probated before I could release any of the funds that he had saved and invested in his name only. I felt overcome by anxiety, and grief and did not know where to begin to get his affairs in order.
My husband had included By-Your-Side Probate Services and Carolyn Lawrence's phone number in our wills. Grief had numbed my reasoning abilities but Carolyn successfully guided me every step of the way. She confidently prepared the grant of probate and work. Her assistance helped me navigate the waves of legalities that rocked me at such a fragile time.
I cannot thank Carolyn enough for her practical and valuable help at such a time. Sincerely, S.V.
Carolyn was a wonderful coach - very efficient and made everything make sense. She was very informed on all aspects of the filing process to help things go smoothly. She gives you confidence and supports you through the whole process. Thanks so much for everything. D.H.
My mother departed sadly, leaving a will with a large number of very loved beneficiaries - many with very real pressing financial needs. While I was to be named as a joint executor of her estate, I felt overwhelmed by the responsibility as I knew my Mom wanted her estate to transfer to those beneficiaries quickly with minimal cost.
Luckily, I stumbled early upon the Probate Coach Carolyn Lawrence - who promptly responded to create my application for the Phase 1 court probate order needed by the estate. I served the application at the courthouse anticipating either of two nasty outcomes; a lengthy period for the court to grant the probate order, or perhaps worse - to see the application returned with deficiencies. Instead of that, 57 days later, I was relieved when the Clerk called to pick up the court order grant of probate! Carolyn demonstrated great experience and skill, with kind sensitivity along the way.
I'm delighted to have found and engaged the Probate Coach for services thus far.
I am most pleased to be writing you to state we received the grant of probate:)! We cannot state enough praise for your service and have no problem recommending you to others. You really helped us out as we were under a time restriction as I live out of Calgary. I had compared several offices and was truly shocked by the fees and how they varied. With your service, you pay for the time required and not based on a percentage of the estate. Particularly with pensioners where most of the asset is tied in the house, why should one's loved one have to surrender more cash to a stranger. Most services are paid an hourly wage. You are a very kind soul and helped us work through the legal jargon in a most effective manner, I especially was impressed by your guarantee to stand by your work!. By all means, add us to your testimonials. Best Regard S.H. (Victoria, BC)
Have been busy back and forth from Los Angeles to Calgary, but have been meaning to send you a big "THANK YOU" for all of your expertise in getting that paperwork done!!! You are a god sent when I needed the help!
Thanks again- M.D. (Los Angeles)
Caroline, Funny thing is I was opening up my email to email you. I just picked up my probate today from the courts. I had to change one thing on the NC7 but it was very simple. But that part is all done now and phase 1 is completed. I wanted to thank you again for your assistance. It's funny how when you need something, somehow it all falls place. You were my saving grace, you made a very difficult situation a whole lot easier to deal with. Thank you for that. I will be letting everyone know about your service that you provide and defiantly recommend you to future clients. K.B. (Edmonton)
This was my first experience having to apply for probate and thanks to Carolyn's service, I was successfully granted probate within several weeks. I attempted to complete the process on my own but soon realized without some expert advice and direction it would be difficult. I saved thousands of dollars and a lot of frustration. I would highly recommend using Carolyn as your probate coach. Thanks so much for your help! M.R.
I retained the service of By-Your-Side Probate Services to follow through on all procedures for probate on my Mother's estate. I was so happy that I found Carolyn because going to a law office would have taken months & months at a greater expense. I found By-Your-Side Probate Services to be very professional, efficient and to the point. The fees for service were very reasonable, and the time for getting the probate complete was very quick. I am extremely satisfied, and I would highly recommend the company to others.
Sincerely, C.K. (Canmore)
Just wanted to tell that the letter of administration was granted and came through without a hitch! I personally drove down to Lethbridge to pick it up on Thursday. Thank you for all your help and kindness throughout this process. A.C.
My Dad passed away this past Spring and one of his wishes was for Executrix, to try to get everything done as quickly and inexpensively as possible. I jumped on Google to see what settling his Estate would involve. I was lucky to find By Your Side Probate Coach and immediately called Carolyn Lawrence to ask for her help. She was really well informed and gave me rates and advice.
Once we started the paperwork, it went quickly and easily. All of the information was gathered by phone calls and email. I was able to meet with her and her team to pick up the final draft. It was a quick trip to the Court House to file the papers and wait for the Grant. The wait was just under 3 months and we had our Grant.
My Dad always said that if you take the small details - then there are no big ones. Carolyn makes sure that every detail is covered..no matter how small feel that she was well worth what she charged as a Lawyer would have been a huge amount and it would have taken a lot longer to get it done.
Thank you to Carolyn and her team. J.M.G.
Thank for the professional and excellent coaching when administering my aunts estate. It was not an ordinary probate as I was not the appointed executor of the will, there were amendments the original will had and I needed to consider the needs of the public trustee. I was overwhelmed when I picked up the paperwork at Queen’s printers. Where do I start?
After discussing the options on the best, most timely and way to advance we ended up applying for a grant of administration with will annexed. I needed all the beneficiaries approval when applying to act as the executor. Carolyn provided the guidance and what seemed overwhelming in the beginning was not so bad. She made it seem easy and encouraged me through the process. We got the job done with one minor amendment. I couldn’t have done it without her. A.T.
I have so appreciated Carolyn's expertise as I have worked through the probate process with my mother's estate. She helped me understand how to have the appropriate forms filled out, including out of town and out of province considerations, and I know this helped the application for Grant of Probate go through quickly. I filed the application on February 12 and picked up the grant on April 26. Having the services of the Commissioner for Oaths available as part of the process also took care of several additional steps that I would have needed to take if they were not connected to Carolyn’s services. I would recommend By-Your-Side Probate Services to everyone! Thank Carolyn. S.F.
With the daunting prospect of probate for my husband's estate, I procrastinated more than I should have. I didn't want to pay high legal fees, but neither did I want to walk through the 300+ of paper that came from the Queen's Printer when I started to do the work myself. Somewhere along the way, I saw an ad for Probate Coach, and I thought that was just what I needed. Indeed, Carolyn's services were just perfect, and her fees very reasonable. Carolyn guided me through the process and nagged (gently) often enough that I finally collected all the details that we needed. When ultimately I was in a position to file the Probate, it went through like butter; approved without a hitch. In fact, Carolyn found more than one error that the lawyer had made in forms associated with my husband's will. I can happily say that I am a very satisfied customer. A.B.
Our family found Carolyn’s service while using Google to search for help with the probate we needed to do for my late mother-in-law and father-in-law. I had just finished a conversation with a lawyer, who was going to charge our family the sum of $500 00 per hour just to look at the work we had done so far on the probate papers. After speaking with Carolyn at length, our family decided to give her services a try; what a blessing she has been to us! Not only did she steer us in the right direction, but she took the time to find out specific issues surrounding our unique circumstances – and she did so at a more than reasonable rate. She helped us through each and every seemingly insurmountable concern so that when we did submit the paperwork to the courts, they went through without a hitch. I would highly recommend her services; you won’t regret the choice. R.E.
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. A.T.
"Hello Carolyn, I just wanted to say for the professional job you did for me on the probate application." K.S.
"Thank you very much, Carolyn! You offer such a great service!" V.A.
"My husband found Probate Coach online. Carolyn Lawrence (Probate Coach) met with us promptly and presented as extremely professional. She was very well organized and explained the process of filing for probate in a clear, and easy to understand manner. Lawrence walked me through step-by-step and answered emails and phone calls quickly when I had questions or needed clarification. Due to her excellent and thorough instruction, I filed the probate for my mother’s estate effortlessly. It was approved by the beginning of December with no issues. I would highly recommend the Probate Coach (Carolyn Lawrence) for anyone dealing with a recent passing of a loved one. She was kind, efficient, trustworthy, and incredibly less expensive than using a law firm. Thank Carolyn, for making a difficult time so much easier."
"Just talked to the clerk of the court and the probate was approved and they mailed it back yesterday so I should receive it early next week. Thank you again for how quickly you had everything together." M.M.
"Just touching base to let you know that the surrogate court has probated the will so we're getting close to the end of the line. :)
Thanks again for all your help. You were instrumental in getting the application approved on our first pass. I'm really glad I found you. Much appreciated !! Cheers."
B & K
"On behalf of my daughter Erica and myself, we would like to express our sincere thanks for all of your assistance and support. When we realized that we required a grant of administration letter for my late husband's estate, we were overwhelmed with the question of where do we start and fears of how difficult it was going to be weaving our way through the court system, especially during such a time of sorrow for us. With your calm, confident expertise in guiding us through the process, you were able to put our fears at ease and gave us the confidence to successfully see it through. You are truly a blessing...thank Carolyn!"
Kindest Regards, C.H.
"I filed the application on Monday 16th and picked up the signed completed order on Wed. 18th. Everything went off without a hitch, your instructions were bang on.
Thanks for your valuable assistance."
"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 see, 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.
"Just wanted to let you know, late yesterday afternoon got a call from Surrogate Court saying that the expedited probate has been granted(that was within two days after dropping it off.) By-Your-Side Probate Service did a wonderful job. A fantastic job was done.
Thank you very much." M.M.
"I was quite intimidated when I received a large stack of legal forms required to complete the probate of my mother’s will. Many people told me to use a lawyer, advising me that probating a will was a difficult time-consuming process and that if it was granted there would be a nine-week turnaround. Carolyn helped me sort through the forms in a professional, orderly and logical manner. She listed items I would need to gather and she promptly responded to my telephone calls and emails in a supportive and friendly manner. I was pleased to have the probate granted without any issues in about three weeks. The service that Carolyn provided was excellent and I would certainly recommend her services to others." K. M.
"Thank you again for all your guidance and hard work on the probate. We all really appreciated what you did. It is a great service that you offer. Everyone I've talked to about the estate matters refuses to say anything regarding legal matters so without someone like you, people would have to use a lawyer. I hope this testimonial will be of help to you and your business. Kind regards," D.G.
"I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Carolyn Lawrence By-you-side Probate Services. My husband passed away recently and I was overwhelmed with everything that had to be done and did not know where to turn. Someone referred me to them and I was not disappointed. I had a very small Estate and if I was to go through a lawyer it would have cost me too much money and time compared to the affordable rates for a probate coach. Carolyn guided me through the whole process and had all the necessary paperwork ready. She was very efficient, knowledgeable and professional and was very caring knowing what I was going through and didn't want me to worry about the small things necessary to complete the transactions at hand. If I had hired a lawyer, it would have taken weeks or even months to get things rolling, but having a Probate Coach, things were done so much quicker and it eased my mind knowing I didn't have to wait months to get the paperwork going. I would recommend everyone to contact By-Your-Side Probate Services." T.Q
"What a great relief it was to file my application for a grant of probate with the surrogate court last week. Carolyn helped me organize the information I needed and then to present it in on the right forms in the right way. But her great gift was to give me the confidence to march right up to the wicket in the Calgary Courts building and present the application to the clerk, knowing all the t's were crossed and the dotted. It's not so much that the process of applying is that difficult when you know what you're doing, but it's sure intimidating if you don't." J.G.
"I was very happy with the service you provided with respect to both the cost and the prompt efficient manner in which things were done for me. the reassurance that this is a process that has to occur and not necessarily a traumatic event for the budding executor. I have no problem with telling people to perhaps contact you as a source for consideration should they find themselves in need of a probate coach."
"Efficient, Cost-Effective, but most importantly, I got the Probate application to the court weeks, if not months before a lawyer would have done it."
"Carolyn's services were invaluable to me in guiding me through this process. I learned a lot and saved a ton of money. For anyone with a small estate like I had and wants to avoid the high cost of probating a will in Alberta I highly recommend By-Your-Side Probate. Carolyn was great to work with and supportive throughout this entire process. Carolyn!" W. H. (Calgary)
"Hello, I have got the Grant of probate for my Moms estate without any issues, please use the following as a testimonial on your site. Upon the death of my dad, I weighed the options on how to get his Will probated. When I found "By-Your-Side Probate Services" and a bit of searching the internet the process of probating a Will I decided to use Carolyn's help. I am extremely satisfied with the guidance that she provided and the flexibility of her schedule. Carolyn was very professional and willing to take the time to explain the steps to be taken to have the outcome I needed. A year after my fathers passing my mother also passed away and having recently gone through the probate process it was less stressful knowing that with the help of By-Your-Side I could complete the process again in a timely manner and saving the estate a substantial amount of money. Your help is greatly appreciated. " Thank you. G.B.
"We just want to thank you for your valuable assistance. Your service was more than professional, personal and spiritual in a difficult time when all the legal issues after a loved one confused us. You clearly and simply helped us in solving all our concerns. Everything that you suggested was good. We don’t need to expend time and money using a lawyer. We would highly recommend your service to anyone. Again, thank you so much, bless you." B & F
"This was my first experience having to apply for probate and thanks to Carolyn's service, I was successfully granted probate within several weeks. I attempted to complete the process on my own but soon realized without some expert advice and direction it would be difficult. I saved thousands of dollars and a lot of frustration. I would highly recommend using Carolyn as your probate coach. Thanks so much for your help!" M.R.
"Hi Carolyn, I didn’t think I would have to bother with Probate for my Mother-in-Law’s small estate until I realized the title of the house she shared with her surviving husband was solely in her name. I was horrified to find what this could cost through a lawyer when the only reason for probate was simply to get the house transferred to my Father-in-Law. A friend of mine suggested Carolyn’s services and after my first meeting with her, I knew this was the right path to take. She gave me the confidence to do this myself with her assistance. What first appeared to be an intimidating process was pretty straight-forward with her coaching. I received the grant of probate with no issues within a few weeks of applying and have since distributed the estate with just a bit more coaching from Carolyn. This saved the estate thousands of dollars that I know the beneficiaries greatly appreciated. Carolyn Lawrence was a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend her service to anyone. Thanks again for everything and I will continue to recommend your services every chance I get. " Cheers, G. G.
"Thank you very much for your help with my wife’s probate. It has taken me 2+ years to bring myself to do this so prolonging it anymore was not in the question. We sat down and filled out the forms in less than 2 hours and then you proofed them all for less than 1 hour. It took 4 weeks and no errors or omissions thanks to your knowledge of what could happen. So thanks again for your service." S.B
"I finally got the grant of probate...two weeks ago actually have been so busy since then I haven't had a chance to thank you for all your help.I'm glad I did the application myself as it helped me really learn the process and it saved the estate a lot of money it doesn't really have. I couldn't have done it without your assistance though, so I just wanted you to know I appreciate everything you did for me. It wasn't easy, it never is, but we got it done and now I can move on with settling the estate, which begins with selling the house and that's another whole new process (meaning more piles of documents)." Thanks again J.N.
"Thank you so much for all your help throughout this process. I know I never could have waded through all the forms or jumped through all the hoops without your guidance. I certainly would not hesitate to recommend your services." Sincerely, C.O.
Hi Carolyn, "When faced with being an Executor, I thought how hard could this be and started down the path of doing it myself. I soon realized that I was in over my head. Not knowing where to turn I contacted a few estate lawyers only to realize that their enormous fees would eat into the estate quickly; there had to be a better way. I used Google and found By-Your-Side Probate Services. After the initial consultation, Carolyn had this calming effect and I was reassured that I could do this. Quick to the rescue; Carolyn coached me through all the necessary government forms of obtaining a grant of probate and the phases of executing the estate. During a time of grief, coupled with not having any experience with estates, I really don’t think I could have done without Carolyn’s assistance. The fees are totally reasonable and the customer service is second to none. I will be recommending your services to anyone I know that is faced with this challenge. You were truly God sent during this difficult and challenging time. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!" Thank Carolyn, P.H.
"Hi Carolyn, on behalf of my family, thank you so much for all your support during a very difficult and trying time after losing our mother. At first, we did not know what needed to be done and it was really overwhelming for all of us. Thankfully, I heard your ad on the radio and checked out your website to find out what a Probate Coach did. It was definitely the right decision to contact you. Right from the start, you were thorough, answered our questions and your rates were very reasonable. We greatly appreciate your professional, caring and personal approach helping us understand the necessary steps required to file for probate in Alberta. I was impressed that you took the time to review and ensure our documents were completed correctly before we filed. You were always available when we had questions and when you didn't know the answer, you would do the research and get back to us. This was especially important for when we had to file for Resealing of BC, as well. Thank you again for your assistance, we would definitely recommend your services to others. Take care." S.O. (Calgary)
"Just FYI - got the call that the grant was done and we can go pick it up. Thanks for your help." P.C. (Calgary)
"Hi Carolyn, I'd like to say how impressed my wife and I were with the wonderful service we received from Carolyn as we went through with applying for probate. We being seniors needed someone to walk us through the right answers making sure everything was perfect so there were no glitches. Carolyn was so patient and congenial with us and she even went to surrogate court with us. Her fees are very attractive given what lawyers charge so all in all By-Your-Side Probate Services was certainly by our side all the way." A.G.
"Dear Carolyn: Thank you again for being so awesome. It was such a pleasure to deal with you and look forward to seeing you once we return. " C.P. (Calgary)
"We are so grateful to our Probate Coach Carolyn! Prior to hiring her, struggling through the documents and information needed to settle my Grandmother’s estate was overwhelming. Carolyn came right to our home to assist us and coached us through the entire probate process step by step. With Carolyn’s help, what seemed a truly daunting task became almost effortless. Without Carolyn’s guidance, we would still be frustrated beyond belief and I am sure the estate would still be unsettled. What a godsend Carolyn is. Thank you much, Carolyn, you are amazing! Thankfully."
"Using the services of Probate Coach is one of the best decisions I've made. After weeks of trying to puzzle thru the hundreds of documents, Probate Coach Services took all the worry and anxiety out of completing the process. The service provided was timely, courteous and lifted such a burden at a very difficult time, I sincerely recommend the services of Probate Coach for timeliness, accuracy, cost savings, and empathy." A.C.
"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." L.B
"Carolyn provides a very much needed service, by assisting with this process that would normally prove to be intimidating and daunting for most people, especially during such stressful times, and when so many other things require the executor’s attention as well. As stated, she helps demystify the entire probate and guides you gently through each step until you are ready to submit. It actually felt empowering. Once started, you learn there is nothing to feel intimidated or anxious about...and I imagine you don't need a lawyer to complete this task, nor do you need to pay their exorbitant fees for something most people are capable of doing themselves, especially with Probate Coach's help! You are patiently walked through each step, one at a time, so nothing feels overwhelming.
Probate was granted to me within 15 business days, which was amazing. I can't thank Carolyn enough for providing this service, at a fraction of the lawyer's quoted cost!" P.C.
"I was reeling with grief and Carolyn very confidently guided me through each step of the probate. Every question I had was answered quickly and clearly. I was able to probate the will with no difficulty and she ensured that every step was done correctly.
As a small business owner, I am very aware of customer service and word of mouth advertising. I can confidently recommend Carolyn to anyone who is an executor. This is not a job to do on your own.
I cannot measure my gratitude for her assistance. It made what was one of the worst years of my life so much less stressful." M.K.
It is my pleasure to recommend By-Your-Side Probate Services and Carolyn Lawrence. Our father passed away last fall and our family had no idea on how to probate his will. We assumed that we could follow the process as outlined in the Surrogate Rules and Forms package. When we received it, the package was one-inch thick and we realized we were in over our heads. Thank goodness for By-Your-Side! Carolyn is highly experienced and knowledgeable in her field. She was attentive, responsive and patient from the initial consultation right to the very end when she accompanied me to the post office down the street to send a registered document. Her instructions are clear and concise which alleviates the stress of ensuring that you are filing documents and following the process in the proper and exact order. She has a network of resources and was even able to provide onsite Commissioner of Oath services so that there was no need to worry as to where to locate one. She is with you every step of the way. Heaven forbids that we would have to finalize another estate but we will definitely ask Carolyn to assist us again. Despite the circumstances, Caroly, thank you for making our sad experience so easy for us." K.J.
"Hello Carolyn, I just wanted to say thank you for the professional job you did for me on the probate application." K.S.
"Carolyn was a true professional during our probate process. As executors of, we appreciated her ability to keep us on track through the process while also providing insight that we would have otherwise not known. While it seems that many companies try to take advantage of those who are grieving, it's a breath of fresh air to work with someone who is not trying to take advantage of you or rush you through a process that you feel unready for" P.R.
"I would not hesitate to recommend Carolyn’s services as a Probate Coach. Her direction in a stressful time for an intimidating responsibility was invaluable to me and her cost was quite fair. I especially appreciated her knowledge on probating a Will completed in another province and the additional forms needed to meet Alberta’s requirements. Thank you for providing this service with grace, your sensitivity to my loss made this process easier." C.P.