Executor Support in Vancouver
I had lunch today with a friend and client and he told me about his new business. Turns out that Gregg has started doing executor support and administration for Vancouver locals who are over whelmed with the shear amount of paperwork and running around that comes with looking after a loved ones estate.
Seems to me that this would have been a great help to me and my wife when we lost her mother a few years back. The banks are charging a massive amount for this same service and I think Gregg is onto a great new business.
I remember the stress my wife was under and wish we knew services like this existed back then.
What other service type companies are out there that makes these crazy times easier?
Thanks for the new forum Terry - I look forward to the new insights...
Executor, Bereavement and Life Management Support
I found this posting through Google and have had the opportunity to meet with Gregg Medwid from Executor Support. Gregg has an incredible amount of experience and value add to the services he provides as he also monitors all estate finances.
We are working together collaboratively as the services we provide do overlap and there is certainly a growing number of support services available to those going through end of life and bereavement issues. My company, Bell Alliance Transitions Bereavement & Life Management Support Inc. is a social business (all profits directed to the support of local charities and subsidization of user fees) and we are facing some of the same challenges as Gregg's company - informing and educating the public regarding the existence and accessiblity of these services. So many people feel they are obligated to take on all of the responsibility associated with caregiving, end of life and executorships and most dohn't know that there is support available.
Grief - before and after the death of a loved one - impacts congitive abilities and makes normal tasks sometimes unbearable. Anyone who has had to act as an executor or primary caregiver understands how much work is involved and how many split second decisions need to be made. Those who willingly (or unwillingly) artake on responsibility for end of life care or estate disposition, also understand the importance of having all their legal affairs in order (Wills, Representation Agreements, Powers of Attorney).
Thank you for starting this discussion - end of life issues unfortunately carry a lot of a taboo and we are often faced with feeling inadequate if we can't 'get over it' within a 'reasonable' amount of time and with a minimal amount of outside support.
For those in need of support, please visit Gregg's website www.executorsupport.ca or Bell Alliance Transitions at www.bellalliancetransitions.com.
Knowing who to call. Are they the right people for the job?
I thought I would bounce back into this thread and tell you all about my meeting yesterday with Susan Moore of Bell Alliance Transitions. Susan called me on the weekend and asked if I could come down to her office and let her and her partners know exactly what it is that I do for my clients here in Vancouver.
It almost felt like a "Job Interview" and you could see the level of professionalism her and her partners have and want to continue to maintain. It became clear to me that no recommendations are given from Susan and her team until they have had a chance to "Meet" and "Interview" the person or company they would refer to their client.
I asked Susan a ton of question about exactly what it is they do and the list goes on and on. Seems to me that if your parent or loved one lives in another town - tracking down a firm like Susan's would make life so much easier. I asked Susan for a breakdown of their services and was surprised to see they offer up such a broad service base.
I know when we lost my Mother in Law and when I lost my Step Dad that the amount of paperwork and running around was off the chart. It would have been easier having help with this and then I would have had more time to spend with my Mom and my wife. Instead of organizing sandwiches and having to meet with lawyers, I could made tea and offered up a shoulder to cry on.
I hope I measure up and will be recommended by Susan's team. With all the advice online and on TV it is nice to see that some people and some companies take the time to check references and do interviews of sorts. I won't hesitate to refer Susan to my clients - I was blown away by her knowledge in this business. A business I did not even know existed until just a few weeks ago.
For the plumbers out here on Terry's Forum I think like here in Vancouver your own towns will have companies like Bell Alliance. I might suggest you make contact and offer up your services. With the aging population this little "Niche Industry" is surely going to continue to grow. Often I'm told when a spouse passes on the day by day becomes ever harder and simple acts like taking a bath or showering are impossible with out assistance. Converting tubs into ADA showers would be a great help to many and it is this service that I'm sure I will be asked to preform for Susan's clients.
Check into who does bereavement, executor and life management support in your town. I bet they are looking for tradesmen in your town just like here in Vancouver.
Everyone needs a Good Plumber!