The Holographic Will – what is it and when you should use one?

At LegalWills.ca we allow you to prepare your own Will. This occasionally creates confusion because people think that the end result is a handwritten Will. This further confuses people because they have read that some Provinces (notably BC) do not accept a holographic Will as a legal document. But there are a number of errors […]

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A Government of Canada Will Kit – Does it exist?

Every Canadian adult should have a Will in place. It is a document that should be written as you turn 18 or 19, and should be updated throughout your life as your circumstances change. If we know that everybody should have a Will, it’s a reasonable question: is there a Government of Canada Will Kit […]

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How can you set Executor fees?

At LegalWills.ca we have made a decision to not allow you to set Executor fees in your Will. There is a good reason for this, and it does require some understanding of Executor fees and how they are calculated. What are Executor Fees? Within your Will you name an Executor. This person has the responsibility […]

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A Guide to Modern Wills: The Digital Will, Electronic Wills, and Online Wills

The law pertaining to Wills has been in place for almost 200 years. Over that time, very little has changed in the requirements to create a legal Last Will and Testament. The law has always stated that a Will must be written on paper and signed in ink in the presence of two witnesses, who […]

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Changes in Ontario law

It is very important when researching information on the internet, that the references are kept up-to-date. As of January 1st 2022, many articles explaining that a Will is revoked on marriage will be out-of-date. Predatory marriages The law in Ontario is changing to protect disinherited children, and the court battles that arise from “predatory marriages”. […]

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How LegalWills.ca created the first electronically signed Will in Canada.

On December 1st, 2021, new laws came into effect in British Columbia that allowed BC residents to create an “electronic Will” – a document signed and stored entirely online. After the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, most Canadian Provinces allowed remote witnessing of Wills – meaning that your witnesses could watch you sign the document […]

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A short explainer on electronically signing a Will in British Columbia

For the last 200 years, the law that describes how to write a Will has barely changed. You have been required to write a Will on a piece of paper and sign it in ink in the presence of two witnesses. In 2020 because of COVID, some laws changed to allow witnesses to be “virtually” […]

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Electronically signing a Digital Will with LegalWills.ca

At LegalWills.ca we have always felt that technology could do far more for Will writing and estate planning than the law allowed. The legal requirements for writing a Will hadn’t fundamentally changed for nearly two centuries. A Will had to be written on a piece of paper, then signed in ink in the physical presence […]

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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. This includes making important decisions about your healthcare, finances, and/or property in the event that you are incapacitated or incompetent. You typically write […]

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