WHAT IS A LAST WILL
A last will and testament is a legal document by which you identify those individuals (or charities) you wish to receive your property and possessions after your death.
These individuals and charities are the beneficiaries under your last will and testament.
You should also have a durable power of attorney and a living will to be completely protected.
PROTECT YOUR FAMILY
Your CanLaw Certified Last Will and Testament gives you the ability to protect your loved ones and to decide what happens to your estate and children after your death - not the government.
CanLaw Last Will and Testament forms are designed for the typical family with say, a house, car, some savings, a pension, and some kids. No legal advice is needed to make a will. Just follow the simple instructions. There is no magic in learning how to write a will.
You will need to name an executor of will to administer your affairs. An executor of will does not have to be a lawyer or have special legal skills. Just pick someone, a friend, associate, or relative who is not in your will, anyone you trust to carry out your wishes. If you do not appoint an executor of will, one will have to be appointed by a court. Keep it simple. Appoint an executor of will yourself and prevent probate problems later.
The CanLaw last will and testament legal forms kit includes everything you need to make your own legal and binding .
The Last Will and Testament kit includes easy to follow instructions and your actual, simple to use, will forms and the forms to change or update your will. Use them with any popular word processor. The will forms are legal documents which lets you make a will, your way in about 20 minutes.
NO LAWYER or LEGAL ADVICE NEEDED.
There is no legal requirement to use the services of a lawyer or have the document notarized in order to create a legal Will, Power of Attorney or Living Will in Canada.
You do need independent witnesses to witness your signature on your will and your durable power of attorney.
Contains Everything You Need To Write a Will
CanLaw's Last Will and Testament kit has everything you need to make a will. change a will or update a will. The will forms have easy to follow instructions which take you step by step through the process.
Update or Change Your Will Anytime:
You can update or change your will at any time. The necessary legal forms (codicils) are simple to use and included.
Valid and Recognized In All Provinces/Territories:
Simple to use and legal across Canada. Regardless of where you live in Canada, CanLaw's Legal Will Kit has been designed to allow you to write your own will without the need to visit a lawyer or get legal advice.
Lawyer and Court Approved:
CanLaw's Last Will and Testament is lawyer approved. Courts and probate court have also approved and admitted these forms when asked to probate a will. CanLaw recommends you also have a durable power of attorney, and a living will as key parts of your estate planning.
This Last Will and Testament Kit Lets You Make a Will, Your Way:
Good estate planning starts here. Wills include all the forms to let you easily change or update your will and revoke any previous wills at any time.
The Last Will and Testament kit includes everything you need to make your own legal and binding Last Will and Testament. Write a will in about 20 minutes. It is very easy.
NO LAWYER NEEDED.
Lawyers charge about $400 to have their secretary draft a will for you using automated software. You can do the same with a CanLaw Last Will and Testament kit for about $55.00 Its your money., you decide.
There is no legal requirement to use the services of a lawyer, to seek legal advice or have your legal documents notarized in order to create a legal, binding and valid Last Will and Testament, Power of Attorney or Living Will in Canada.
You just need independent witnesses to witness your signature and to name an executor who will administer your estate according to your Last Will and Testament wishes.
YOU KNOW YOU NEED A WILL
DO IT NOW
- Every adult must have a Will or the government can step in and appoint a stranger as executor to administer your estate and they will charge substantial fees to your estate for doing this.
- You need a will to designate a Guardian for your minor children
- You need a will to provide for the orderly distribution of your property to your spouse, children, designated heirs and special gifts (to charities for example) upon your death.
- You need a will to prevent sibling disputes over who gets what. These are common and also very expensive to resolve.
- You need a will to designate the Trustee or Executor who will administer your estate and affairs upon your death.
- Wills are not just for the wealthy, the established older couple or home and business owners.
- You may be young, but what if you get run over by a street car? What if you have a stroke? Go into a coma? You need a valid up to date will, power of attorney and a living will at all times. CanLaw has a special deal on all these forms. Click here.
- You probably have much more than you think you do.
- Making a will is prudent and simply good planning. Not making a will is foolish and irresponsible. Do you really want your estate to be taken by the government?
- Your will ensures that your loved ones, your children and spouse, are provided for as you wish.
- Your will creates security for your family.
- Only a Will ensures that your assets and your estate, will be passed on as you intended to those you intended. By making your own Will now, you make all these important decisions now, before it is too late.
- Writing your own Will now enables you to nominate your own executor to administer your estate and distribute your assets according to your exact wishes.
HOW TO CHANGE A WILL. HOW TO UPDATE A WILL
A codicil form is included so you can change a will or update a will anytime.
Major Changes? If you wish to change a will in a significant manner it is probably better to start over and write a will.
DEATH WITH DIGNITY
A LIVING WILL: Also called an advanced healthcare directive. A living will is where you lay out all the details of your end of life care. If you wind up in a coma or unresponsive in the hospital, a living will can help your family decide how to handle your medical treatment.
Durable power of attorney: Choose an attorney you trust to administer your estate after your death. He or she will be objective (unlike family members) and their entire job is to follow your wishes.
YOU CAN UPDATE OR CHANGE YOUR WILL AT ANY TIME.
When, Why you need to change, update your will:
- Your marital status changes. Remarriage cancels existing wills.
- You separate or divorce.
- When a child is born or adopted
- You move to another province
- There is a significant change in your financial status
- A beneficiary dies
- You wish to add, change or remove beneficiaries
- Your Executor or Trustee dies, becomes incapacitated or you wish to change
Does Divorce & Re-Marriage Affect Your Existing Will?
DID YOU KNOW? If you remarry, your new marriage completely and entirely revokes your old will. You will effectively have no will. You and your new spouse need to make new wills.
WARNING A DIVORCE PROBABLY DOES NOT CANCEL YOUR WILL. YOUR EX MIGHT HAVE A CLAIM. WRITE A NEW WILL TODAY.
On divorce or remarriage, you need to change a will or update your will or better yet, replace your old with a new one which reflects your wishes and ensure your survivors do not encounter undue complications.
If you do not make a new will, your old will is construed as if your ex-spouse predeceased you, the testator.
Everything designated to your ex spouse in the old will, now moves to the other specified and listed beneficiaries or to your children and next of kin. It is much better to destroy your old will and make a new one.
CanLaw sees siblings and heirs squabbling about inheritances every day.
Avoid the problems, just make a new will. Use CanLaw' legal will kits to draft your will and if you wish, have a lawyer review your draft. It is not necessary, but it would be wise.