Making a Will is one of the most important things you will do in your life, because it governs what happens to everything you own after you are gone. Don’t put it off. You don’t know when it will be needed, but you know that sooner or later your loved ones will need your Will.
What to Consider When Writing a Will
Many Wills are relatively simple, and we can send you a fill-in-the-blank “Will Planner” document by email so that you can consider all the issues. If:
Your Will isn't as simple anymore, and the people you leave behind will have problems if you don't make your Will carefully.
Based on your instructions and needs, Jim Fraser will conduct a comprehensive survey and will draft a Will that incorporates all the things you want to leave for your relatives and friends.
Without a Will
In B.C., it's not true that “the Government will take it all” if you don't make a Will before you die. But if you don't make a Will, the Government will distribute your Estate in a very rigid way, including to distant relatives you may not even know if you and several close family members die at the same time. Even if that doesn't happen, your Estate may cost more and take longer to “probate”, and so your loved ones will receive less than you intended. And if you don’t have a will when you die, your estate can really get tied up and complicated.
If you can't decide how to divide your Estate, come into our office in Burnaby and make a basic Will anyway to at least appoint a personal representative who will handle your affairs, and then think about your Will some more – but get at least something down on paper that is a legal Will. We keep all Wills on computer disks, and so you can return to our offices, and we can change your Will quickly and cheaply. But don’t delay too long.
For any legal advice on Estate Planning and Wills, contact James K. Fraser in Burnaby.
Click here to view an example of the first page of a Will.