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Wills and Estate Lawyers

Wills and Estates Lawyers Burlington

A well-planned and administered estate is essential – not only to protect your business, but also the people you love. Estofa Law provides peace of mind to clients, ensuring that intergenerational transfers of wealth occur in a tax-efficient manner and accordance with their clients’ desires. 

Our lawyers have experience in dealing with all types of estate planning and administration, from simple wills to complex blended family situations and transfers of business interests.

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What is a Will

A will is a legal document that sets out what will happen to your money and property after you die. It is your chance to communicate your final wishes to your family and loved ones. Your will allows you to make arrangements so that it will be easier for your loved ones to wrap up your affairs.

What Usually goes in a Will

Wills communicate your wishes about how your property and money will be distributed when you die. Wills commonly include the following:

When does a WIll take Affect

Wills take effect the moment you die. Your executor does not have the authority to do any of their duties under the will before you have passed away. Your beneficiaries do not have the right to access their inheritance before you have died.

What DON’T Wills do

Wills do not give anyone access to your money or property while you are still living. The will does not give your executor the right to take over any decisionmaking for you while you are alive, even if you become incapable. If you want to name someone to manage your money or make personal care decisions for you while you are still alive, you will need to complete Powers of Attorney. Wills also do not typically include health or personal care instructions. In Ontario, the term ‘Living Will’ is not used, but you can include health care instructions in a Power of Attorney for Personal Care. Since your Last Will and Testament takes effect at your death, it does not deal with health care instructions.

What Does a Will Need in order to be Valid

In Ontario, wills need to be in writing in order to be valid. Talking to your loved ones about what should happen to your money and property is sometimes useful, but your wishes are not legally binding unless they are properly written down. Wills must be signed at the end of the document. Generally, unless your will is completely in your own handwriting, it needs to be witnessed by two people. A will that is completely in your own handwriting is called a holograph will. Holograph wills do not need to be witnessed, but they do need to be signed at the end.



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