How to Write a Will in Ontario

There are essentially three approaches to writing a Will in Ontario. You can write your own Will starting with a blank sheet of paper or a blank form Will kit You can prepare your Will with a professional lawyer You can use Will writing software like the service at LegalWills.ca Background to Ontario Law In […]

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Is My Power of Attorney Valid in All Provinces?

While your Will names an Executor who will handle the administration of your estate after you die, a Power of Attorney is a document that appoints another person to handle your affairs, including making important decisions about your healthcare, finances, and/or property in the event that you are incapacitated or incompetent. You typically write these […]

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How Do I Change a Will if I Have an Existing Will?

A Last Will and Testament should not be written once in a lifetime. It should be written as soon as you become an adult, and should be updated throughout your life as your circumstances change. There are a number of reasons for updating a Will. You may have had a change of financial circumstances or […]

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What to Do After You Have Written Your Will

Completing your Will is an important step, but it is not the only thing that needs to be done to get your affairs in order. Working through the suggestions below will not only help you organize all of your assets, but will also ensure a smooth process for your surviving loved ones. Store Your Will […]

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Understanding the words used in your Will

Are you thinking of writing a Will? Have you perhaps heard of terms like “Executor”, “Bequest”, “Living Will” and are now worried that the process of writing your Will may be beyond you? You may be wondering whether it is possible to write a Will without understanding all of these legal expressions. After all, that’s […]

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More Will writing Myths

I recently happened upon a Facebook ad promoting an online Will writing service. There are a few different services in Canada, and because Facebook knows that I have an interest in Will writing, I seem to be targeted for every ad from all of our competitors. This particular ad has been running for many months, […]

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Signing your Will – simple rules for Canada

Many Canadians think that making a Will means meeting with a legal professional and paying expensive fees. Although someone with a large or complex estate might wish to consult with lawyers, accountants, or tax specialists, for most Canadians this is completely unnecessary. A lawyer can give you legal advice if you need an interpretation of […]

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Trends in Canadian Will Writing – 2021 Will Survey

Five years ago, LegalWills.ca conducted a unique survey of Will Writing in Canada. We wanted to not only explore the number of Canadians with and without Wills, but also the number of people who had a Will, but felt it had not been kept up-to-date. We broke down these numbers by region, income, and age, […]

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How to cover assets outside of Canada in your Will – the Expat Will.

We live in an increasingly global World. People travel more, settle into new countries, and even share their time between different countries. Traditionally, the idea of owning assets in different countries was reserved for the extremely wealthy. But nearly ten years ago, at LegalWills.ca we created the Expat Will, the first of its kind available […]

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Did COVID inspire more people to write their Will in 2020/2021?

At LegalWills.ca we have provided an online option for preparing estate planning documents since 2001. This gives our company a unique insight into industry trends and allows us to explore the triggers for writing a Will. But in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the last 12 months has been a truly unique experience for […]

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