Can’t win for losing

Dear editor:
Looking over the summary of the 2001 income tax return, I came across a change for this year in regards to “Wills—Probate Fees” and quote:
When a person dies in Ontario, the province charges a “probate fee” to certify that the will is valid and that the executor has the authority to act as directed in the will. The “probate fee” is calculated as a percentage of the total assets left in the estate.
The executor is usually able to deal with some of the assets of the estate without probating the will but because other assets require probate, the entire estate as subject to the fee.
It is now possible to have “two separate wills.” One would deal with items that would be subjected to “probate” while the second would deal with other items. This should limit the probate fee to only those items that require probate, as the will that deals with the other items will not have to be certified by the courts.
The beneficiary to the estate has just lost a loved one, and now has to go through the procedure on how the transaction will take place—with a fee that undoubtedly doubles over the old single will in the past.
What will the government think of next to bleed the citizens for additional fees over the funeral expenses, which is enough to endure under these circumstances.
The “will kit” available for $29.95 now requires a second will, which again is double the amount. You cannot win for losing.
Oh well, it could be a lot worse!
Signed,
Mike Baranowski
Nestor Falls, Ont.