The Ontario Bar Association has declared November “Make a Will Month”. Partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association of Ontario, the OBA wants to “help Ontarians preserve their wishes and safeguard their loved ones by making a will.” According to a recent survey by LawPro, fewer than half of Canadians have a valid Will.

Even though November is drawing to a (cold, snowy and windy) end, the OBA’s basic advice stands: if you don’t have a Will, or if you have a Will that has not been updated in some time, your wishes may not be protected upon your death.

As Jennifer Corak discussed in her latest blog post, estate planning decisions can be difficult to make and many people would simply rather avoid the potentially uncomfortable conversations altogether. However, the alternative may be worse. If die without a Will, or if your Will has not been updated to reflect beneficiaries who have predeceased you, your assets will be passed according to the intestacy scheme set out in the Ontario Succession Law Reform Act. The best way to protect your wishes is with a properly executed written Will.

Make a Will Month also serves as a reminder to those who have a valid Will that has not been updated in some time. Wills should be updated following major life events such as a marriage, divorce, birth of a child, death of someone named in the Will, or a major change in your assets or liabilities. Regular updates will again ensure that your wishes are protected upon your death, and can reduce the likelihood of disputes over your estate.

Contact Us

2 St Clair Ave West
Suite 700
Toronto, ON M4V 1L5

Phone: (416) 863-0125

Fax: (416) 863-3997

Questions? Send us an email.

    Sending an e-mail to us will not make us your lawyers. You will not be considered a client of Mills & Mills LLP until we have agreed to act for you in accordance with our usual policies for accepting clients. No information we provide to you can be treated by you as legal advice, unless and until we have agreed to act for you. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.