Wills

A Will is an essential tool for outlining your wishes for the distribution of your property, appointing guardians for your minor children, and choosing an Executor who handles the division of your estate after you die. If you pass away without a Will, the Court determines who will be your Executor, and the laws of British Columbia determine who receives your property based on a schedule set in legislation.

Do I need a Will?

Yes, anyone over the age of 19 in British Columbia who owns property should have a Will. Property can include real estate, vehicles, investment, bank account, personal items or any other assets. British Columbians who have children also need a Will so they can choose someone they trust to care for their children after their death.

The Executor

An executor is responsible for administering your estate, arranging your funeral, proving the will, liquidating the estate, paying debts, distributing assets as the will directs, and many other duties.

Preparing for your Will appointment.

To prepare for making a will you should make a list of the following:
  • Your legal name (any aliases) and address.
  • Full name and address of whom you wish to appoint as your executor.
  • Full name and address of whom you wish to appoint as an alternate executor (should your first choice be unable to act).
  • A brief description of your assets.
  • A detailed description of any items or specific sums of money you wish to leave to beneficiaries.
  • How you want to distribute the balance of your estate (often referred to as the residue of your estate) after specific items or money have been given, if any.
  • Full names and addresses of all beneficiaries.
  • If a beneficiary should predecease you, who should receive his or her share?
  • If a beneficiary should predecease you, who should receive his or her share?
  • If a beneficiary should predecease you, who should receive his or her share?
  • Information on any burial or cremation arrangements you may have.