Making a will is an important part of planning for your family’s future. Every adult who owns assets or has a spouse or young children should have a will. Drafting a will allows you to set out the distribution of your assets, guardianship of minor children, and the designation of an executor who takes care of administering the estate. The few hours that you spend with us planning your estate could save your spouse, children and other beneficiaries much time, effort and money. By not having a will, you lose control over who gets how much of your estate. Surprisingly, many people don’t have one. If you die without a Will in B.C. the following will happen:

  • The court will appoint an administrator to settle your estate which is a costly process;
  • Your estate will be distributed according to the Wills, Estates and Succession Act, SBC 2009, c.13, which may not be in accordance with your wishes;
  • The Director of Child Protection will become the guardian of your minor children

Where to start?

We typically require two meetings with you. In the first meeting we take your instructions, provide you with the relevant information and the law, and discuss your options. In the second meeting we go over the final draft, answer your questions and have you sign your will.

It is very helpful if you review and complete the checklist (downloadable here) abefore the first meeting. When completed, you can email it to armita@armitanotary.ca.