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Can I Write My Will With a Will Kit in British Columbia?

There’s a common misconception that you need an estate lawyer or notary to write your will.

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While it’s understandable that people may want to hire a professional to set up a document as important as their will, a lawyer is not needed to ensure that your will is legally binding. There are plenty of other options in British Columbia, including low-fee or free will kits—meaning templates and computer-generated documents—and advisors like us to make sure your will covers all of your bases.

Of course, if you have a particularly complex estate or want to create multiple wills in order to cover different businesses you may have, then it may make sense to consult with an estate lawyer who’s familiar with your situation. In most cases, however, you can certainly use a will kit if you want to.

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As long as your will is drafted correctly, a will created with a will kit is legally binding. A will is considered legally binding if :

  • There’s a physical copy of the will (we recommend making multiple digital and hard copies);
  • The person writing the will is over 18 and of sound mind;
  • The person writing the will has signed their will (no digital signatures);
  • Two witnesses over 18 who have seen you sign your will also sign as witnesses.

While will kits are an easy and low-cost solution for many people, it’s worth keeping in mind that they’re often best for simpler, more straightforward estates since they tend to be templates. If you have specific questions or if your estate is a bit more complicated, get in touch with us for expert advice at the fraction of the cost of an estate lawyer.

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