Wills & Estates

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Estate planning documents typically include:

A Will to ensure that your estate is distributed in accordance with your wishes, and perhaps to outline directives for who will care for minor children.
These are the general requirements for a legal will in British Columbia:
  • You must be of sound mind and over the age of 16 in BC
    (wills created by someone under the age of 16 will not be considered valid).
  • The will must be made by you – the testator or will-maker
  • You must sign your will in the presence of two valid
    witnesses – either in the same room or observing via video
  • Your witnesses must also sign the last page of your will after you
  • Your will can be either signed in wet ink and stored as a physical copy or
    stored digital with electronic signatures
Prior to December 1, 2021, a will was only considered valid in BC if was printed on paper, signed with ink and with your witnesses physically present in the same room. Now, thanks to the passage of Bill 21, British Columbia is the first province to allow its residents to sign and store their wills electronically and have them witnessed via video.

Holographic Wills In BC

Holographic wills are not valid in British Columbia. A holographic will is a handwritten will that is created without the help of any mechanical devices. They typically do not require witnesses in provinces that recognize holographic wills. If you hand write your will in BC, you should ensure that you’ve followed the process for getting it witnessed correctly to ensure that it is legally binding.

Living Wills In BC

Living will which expresses your wishes to die naturally without artificially prolonging the process (if that is indeed your wish), so your loved ones are not burdened with this very difficult decision;
Imagine if you were to get injured and fall into a coma. What would you want your care to look like? If you didn’t wake up, how long would you want to stay on life support? Who would make decisions on your behalf? That’s where a living will comes into play. In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about what they are and how you can make one, so you can feel confident that you’ll be cared for in a way that’s right for you.

What Is A Living Will?
Living will, personal directive & power of attorney

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