A Power of Attorney – The complete Canadian guide.

A Financial Power of Attorney appoints somebody to take care of your financial affairs while you are alive, but usually after you have lost capacity. This document should not be confused with either a Last Will and Testament (or simply a “Will”) or a Living Will. A Last Will and Testament makes key appointments and […]

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The cost of a Will in Canada – explained.

Two of the most frequently asked questions we receive at LegalWills.ca is How come your Wills are so cheap? Why are your Wills so expensive? In this article, we will discuss the cost of a Will. We will explain the different ways to prepare a Will, why each approach costs what it does, what you […]

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Frequently Asked Questions: Make a Will Week & Month

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve heard of Make a Will Week or Make a Will Month. But what actually is Make a Will Week? Why did it begin? What’s the point and what does it mean for you? Several Provinces recognize their own specific week or month annually to promote the same message: […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Preparing a Will

Introduction to Preparing a Will Everybody should have a Will; not making a Will is unfair to those you leave behind. Even if your plans for estate distribution are simple and you do not have many assets, it is still much easier for the people that you leave behind to work with a Will than […]

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Probate in Canada – What it is, what it costs, how to reduce fees.

Must my Will go through probate? To understand whether or not your Will needs to go through the probate process, you have to understand what happens after you have died. Hopefully you have written a Last Will and Testament. In your Will you name an Executor. This is the person that you entrust to gather […]

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Making a Will in Canada – the Complete Guide to your Options

What is the purpose of a Will? Your Last Will and Testament allows you to speak after you have passed away. It does absolutely nothing and has no powers whatsoever all the time you are alive. But as soon as you die your Will has two key functions: it allows you to make key appointments […]

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Mirror Will – What is it? When should I use it? Is it right for me?

What is a Mirror Will? A Mirror Will is actually two Wills, usually created by partners or married couples. The two Wills typically name each partner as the main beneficiary of the other partner’s estate. There may be other specific gifts within the Will, such as gifts to charities, but the two Wills look identical […]

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Setting up a Pet Trust: who cares for your pet after you are gone?

According to a recent survey conducted by BMO Bank of Montreal, 89 percent of Canadians consider their pets to be a member of their family. It stands to reason then that most people would want to ensure that somebody looks after their pet after they are gone. But hardly any Canadians have set up a […]

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The specific grounds to challenge a Will in Canada

How to Contest or Challenge a Will For many of us the loss of a family member is a very upsetting and stressful time, and we are not always thinking clearly during this emotional state. As a result, there are often times when an estate is distributed but some beneficiaries feel that it has not […]

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It doesn’t matter how young you are, you need a Will.

I’m young – do I need a Will? You need a Will. In fact, there is never a circumstance where planning to not have a Will is a good idea. Dying without a Will is not a strategy, no matter how old or young you may be, you need a Will. On a daily basis […]

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