Decide What to Include in Your Will
Make a list of your significant assets and their location.
Each Spouse Must Make a Separate Will
Keep in mind that if you're legally married, each spouse makes a separate will. You can leave only your share of assets you own jointly with your spouse. For example, you probably only own half of your house. Your spouse owns the other half.
Decide Who Will Inherit Your Property
For most people, it isn't hard to decide who gets what.
If you are considering leaving your spouse or children out of your will, you should talk to a lawyer.
If a beneficiary dies before you do, you should probably make a new will.
Choose an Executor to Handle Your Estate.
Every will must name someone to serve as executor, to carry out the terms of the will. Be sure that the person you have in mind is willing to serve -- the job shouldn't come as a surprise. Being an executor is time consuming and probably thankless. Executors are paid out of the estate.
Choose a Guardian For Your Children.
If your children are under 18, decide who you want to raise them in the very unlikely event that you and their other parent can't.
Choose someone to manage children's property.
If you leave property to children or young adults, you should choose an adult to manage whatever they inherit.
Make Your Will
If you've organized your information and made decisions about what you want to do with your estate you can easily make your will in around 20 minutes CanLaw's legal kit.
Sign Your Will in Front of Two Witnesses.
After creating a will, you must sign it in the presence of two independent witnesses. Independent means they are not beneficiaries to your estate. Make certain they can be located after your death if any dispute arises. Print their names and addresses under their signature.
Store Your Will Safely Where It Can Be Found
It is very important that you tell your executor where your original will (not a copy, the actual original document) is and how to get access to it when the time comes. If it cannot be found, it does not exist.
Keep your will in a safety deposit box or at home in a file cabinet, freezer or fire-proof lock box.