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Aside from a potential bank account do you have any reason to believe there are any assets in his name alone?
I am sorry. I lost the Internet for a while.
If there are no assets at all then there is no reason to probate a Will.The only reason to do that is to deal with assets.
An executor is never personally liable for any debts. Only the estate is.
CPP Benefits have nothing at all to do with the estate.
So you can apply and should do so at once.
If you are not probating the Will there is nothing you have to do with respect to the CRA or any creditors. And that makes sense since there are not assets to use to pay any debts in any event.
So given these facts it makes sense to do nothing at all with respect to the estate and simply deal with CPP and that is all.
Let me know if you need any further clarification.
You do not have to deal with the CRA. You are not accepting the role as executor. There is no estate and the Will is not going to be probated. That means the court has not recognized you as the executor. You do not have to take any steps to do anything. You can tell the CRA or any creditors, if you wish, that there is no estate and there is no will to be probated. That is the legally appropriate response to take when there are no assets in the estate. This is not your responsibility.
It is possible that that will work. You have to speak to the bank. Usually the banks do not require probate of the will when the amounts in the bank accounts are very small.