Make a Will Week
April 7-13, 2019, was Make-a-Will Week in British Columbia. Its purpose is to encourage the public to write their will or bring an existing will up-to-date.
In response to stakeholder input, Make-a-Will Week is being moved to the first full week in October, starting in 2020. This page will be updated closer to October, after the week has officially been proclaimed in the legislature.
If you don’t have a will, you’re not alone. According to a 2014 report for BC Notaries, just 55 per cent of British Columbians have a signed, legally valid and up-to-date will.
A will is the best way to ensure that the people, charities and organizations you cherish most receive the benefit of your estate.
If you die without a will, your estate may not be distributed in the way you would have wished and the costs of administering your estate may also be higher.
Having a will helps ensure that important questions for parents – like who will raise your young children if both you and your spouse die – are answered.
The cost to have a will written depends on the complexity of your situation. Ask a notary or lawyer for an estimate. If your situation is straightforward, you may be able to write your own will using a kit from Self-Counsel Press. However, obtaining the assistance of a professional is always a good idea.
- Wills Resource (Courthouse Libraries BC)
- Wills and Estate Planning (Government of British Columbia)
- About Wills and Estates (Court Services Branch - Ministry of Attorney General)
- Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia
- BC Notaries
- Estate Planning Councils (Abbotsford, Fraser Valley, Kelowna, Vancouver)
- Leave a Legacy (Greater Vancouver, Vancouver Island and Victoria)
- Access Pro Bono Wills Clinic
- Wills and Estates (People’s Law School)
- Wills Registry (Vital Statistics Agency – Ministry of Health)