Will Lawyer Toronto, Barrie & GTA – Change or Draft a Will – Will Disputes
One of the most important things you can do during your lifetime is to secure the future of your loved ones by drafting a will with an experienced Toronto Wills lawyer. Every adult should have a will to protect their estate and provide for those they care about.
Our will lawyers serve the entire Greater Toronto Area with offices in Toronto and Barrie, Ontario.
By making a will, you have the opportunity to make important decisions about what will happen to your money and property when you die. While many of us don’t like to think about the implications of our death, it’s very important to make these plans for the future. The probate and wills lawyers at Rogerson Law Group provide expert, dedicated service to clients looking to write a will for the first time and/or review an existing will.
Our principal areas of work cover advising clients of their options, initial will drafting and trust setups, estate planning advice, right through to inheritance tax planning, lasting power of attorney and elderly client affairs.
Our services include:
- Advising clients of their options when preparing a will
- Drafting wills
- Setting up trusts
- Estate planning
- Inheritance tax planning
- Establishing a Power of Attorney
- Elderly client affairs management
Will drafting is invariably best done by an experienced will lawyer. If you employ an unqualified person to draft your will, or if you draw up your own will – even by using an off-the-shelf wills kit – you leave more room for serious errors. Improperly drafted wills can be deemed invalid as a result of the strict legal guidelines that exist around wills. Resolving issues that arise from poorly drafted wills can be extremely expensive and time consuming for the estate.
Can anyone make a will ?
Anyone can make a will if they are at least 18 years of age and of sound mind. In order to have the “capacity” to make a will an individual must:
- Understand that they are making a will and what a will is
- Know their relationship to all parties mentioned in the will
- Know what types of property they own, how much property they own, and how they plan to distribute said property
If you make a will but it can be proved, upon your death, that you were not of sound mind (or you made your will under duress), it will be declared invalid and the intestacy rules will apply to your estate. Consult a Toronto Will Lawyer today to get started on your will.
Why should you make a will?
While many people put off making a will because they don’t want to think about or plan for their death, it is actually a task that must not be avoided. If you don’t make a will, the government decides who inherits your estate according to the statutory laws of intestacy under the Succession Law Reform Act. This means you no longer get to choose who benefits from your estate upon your death.
What can I put in my will?
In your will you will indicate who is to inherit your estate. You will allocate specific sums of money to relatives, friends, charities, other organizations, etc. You will also indicate who is to inherit your property and other valuable assets such as jewellery, art, and the like.
Your will should also appoint “estate trustee(s)”—the individual(s) who you wish to administer your estate as your executor(s). Your will can also be used to appoint guardians for your children/dependents if they are minors.
Our lawyers will work with you to ensure you haven’t missed anything when drafting your will.
Can my will be changed?
Yes – you can change your will at any time. In fact, as your life changes, your will must be updated accordingly. Under certain circumstances, if you don’t update your will, it will be changed or invalidated by operation of law without you even knowing it. This happens as a result of marriage, divorce, the birth of children, etc.
It is always advisable that you update your will when your life circumstances change. For example, you inherit a large sum of money or suffer the loss of employment. Check in frequently to make sure you are still satisfied with the instructions outlined in your will.
How can I make a will?
Making a will is a straightforward process. While it is possible to make your own will, it’s always recommended that you seek out expert legal advice and have a will drawn up by qualified, experienced lawyer. This is the only way to ensure your wishes and the best interests of your beneficiaries are protected. Errors in a will can lead to confusion and potential legal action.
How should I choose my executors?
Choosing the right executor(s) (estate trustees) is an important task. It’s best to choose individuals you know well and can trust. They will have the responsibility of overseeing the administration of your estate and complying with legal and administrative requirements to ensure your estate is administered properly and efficiently. It is recommended that you discuss your plans with your proposed executors before you make a will. If you have any questions, contact our Toronto wills lawyer.
What happens in intestacy?
If you die without a valid will in place the Ontario Succession Law Reform Act governs how your property and assets will be divided and distributed to your surviving relatives. Our Toronto wills lawyer can advise you specifically as to how the rules of intestacy might apply in your particular circumstances.
Facing will disputes or need help to probate a will?
Our experienced will lawyers can handle domestic and cross-border will disputes. Contact an experienced Toronto will lawyer for assistance with estate or will disputes.
Read this article on will disputes – Last Calls: When is it too late to challenge or dispute a will?
How can we help?
The wills and estate lawyers at Rogerson Law Group provide dedicated, personalized and compassionate service to clients seeking to make a will and to those whose loved ones have died and need support with the probate or estate administration.
Our services also include estate planning and asset protection advice.
We offer tailored, strategic wills advice and drafting. Our wills and estate planning lawyers can help you with your wills, probate and administration needs in the entire GTA including Toronto, Scarborough, Mississauga, Vaughan, Brampton, Richmond Hill, and Etobicoke. Our offices are located in downtown Toronto and Barrie.