If you have been putting off the writing of a will, power of attorney (“POA”) or health care directive (living will), you’re not alone. According to a recent survey, more than half of all Canadians don’t have a will because they:
Don’t know how to go about creating a will
Think they are too young to have a will
Don’t want to think about end-of-life issues
John Harrison and his associates are experienced wills and estates lawyers in Winnipeg who can help you: write a will that clearly spells out your wishes regarding beneficiaries, guardians for your children and the administration of your estate; put in place a power of attorney so that if you become unable to manage your financial affairs you will already have designated the person(s) you trust to look after your finances (at a far lower cost to you than having a relative apply to a Court to get that done after you become incapable); and to put together a health care directive (where you: name who is authorized to make medical decisions for you when you are unable to do so; and set forth your wishes regarding medical care in certain circumstances).
What Happens If You Don’t Have a Will?
If you have not delineated your wishes in a will, and you die without a Will (called dying “intestate”), matters can become more complicated than if you had made a will – and, almost inevitably, this means that extra costs may well be incurred by the estate (the Court may well require a bond and/or sureties for example). This can also create delays in the settlement of your affairs, stress for your family as they await the results and family conflicts if those results are not perceived to be in line with wishes you may have previously expressed verbally.
Talk to a Wills and Estates Lawyer
Yes, there are DIY will kits that you could use to create a will. While these may be useful for a person with some knowledge of the law or some experience with wills, they may not result in a document that meets all the legal requirements of a last will and testament. Give yourself the peace of mind that comes from consulting with an experienced wills and estates lawyer who can help:
Walk you through the legal requirements of creating a will
Make appropriate arrangements for the care of dependents
Explain why you should have a power of attorney and when you should consider doing that; and
Assist you with designating your medical wishes in case you become unable to do so
Already Have A Will, POA or Health Care Directive?
If you already have a will, power of attorney and/or health care directive but have not looked at that in a while, visit a lawyer at Harrison Law Office and let us review it to make sure that it takes into account current assets and life changes, including but not limited to marriage, parenthood, or divorce.
The lawyers at Harrison Law Office will help make the drafting of your will, power of attorney and/or health care directive, and the planning of your estate, as painless and straightforward as possible. Make your appointment today: it’s a small investment in your peace of mind and the security of your family.
Lost A Loved One and Need Assistance?
The lawyers at Harrison Law Office will help you deal with the many steps involved when someone passes away with or without a will in order to obtain a Grant of Probate or Grant of Administration of the estate. It is a trying time and having direction from someone who knows the process and the system can greatly relieve your stress level.