51% of Canadians had no last Will and testament.
35% of Canadians had one that was not up to date.
(Source Angus Reid Institute Survey – January 2018)
In over 35 years of practice, I think I have heard every excuse under the sun as to why it was not a good time to either prepare a Will or update the existing document.
- “It’s a lot of bother – I am sure my kids will work it out once I pass.”
- “A Will? Why? My mother is still doing fine and she walked around the neighbourhood this morning – and she’s 95. Surely, I don’t need to worry about this today.”
- “LOL – I have absolutely nothing of value. My husband can just throw it all in the garbage can and start dating again when I am gone!!!”
- “A friend of mine got her Will done – and it caused nothing but aggravation and fighting in her family. No thank you!!!!”
- “I just don’t have the time. Work, kids, hockey – I don’t want to sit in a lawyer’s office for several hours, while he just keeps asking me more and more personal questions”.
- “ It is so expensive.”
I get it.
It is difficult to face the future and think about tough decisions – for ourselves, our partners, our parents and our extended family.
Preparing a Will – and two additional supplementary documents – Power of Attorney for Personal Care, and Power of Attorney for Property – involve both a commitment of time and some honest, open discussion.
Life is unpredictable.
Accidents, illness, job loss, family breakups – a lot can happen, and sometimes, we can truly be caught off guard.
During the COVID pandemic, we have all witnessed how illness can devastate a family. And sadly, how many families can find themselves at a crossroads if life saving decisions for an individual must be made on their behalf – by other family members.
Can you imagine asking your wife “If you contract COVID, and must be put on a respirator, and may still die nevertheless, or never be taken off the device, what would you want?”
(If this is too much to think of right now – STOP READING – and come back at another time)
I wanted to let you know that our firm, with over 35 years of experience in developing Wills and Powers of Attorney for clients, has a seamless, contactless system in place.
Step 1 – Ask for a copy of our brochure, which outlines our service and rates.
Step 2 – If you are ready to move forward, we will send you a questionnaire which asks a variety of questions that you need to answer – and discuss with your loved ones.
During this step, please feel free to reach out to me personally – if you have any questions or need clarification on any of the questions.
Step 3 – I prepare a DRAFT copy of your Will for review. With your feedback, a final copy of the Will is prepared.
Step 4 – You sign your Will, which must be witnessed by 2 individuals.
During COVID, this step can be done virtually in accordance with Provincial regulations and The Law Society of Ontario.
Step 5 – Peace of Mind. Your Will and Powers of Attorney are complete. I would suggest making at least one copy of the document to a trusted family member or friend. And then, let’s all continue to enjoy life, safe and sound.