The Ontario Bar Association has designated November "Make a Will Month," which gives us the perfect opportunity to help you better understand the importance of having a Will done by a lawyer.
Please, don’t leave things to chance. If you die without a Will, provincial legislation dictates who receives your assets. If you die without a Will, decisions regarding your childrens’ future are out of your control. If you die without a Will, who takes care of the bills and taxes you may owe? What if you’re separated but not divorced?
Once you reach the age of 18 in Ontario you can legally make a Will – you are never too young. Even if you are in the later stages of life and have not yet made a Will – you are never too old. If you don’t want to have the government or the courts be in charge of your Estate after you pass, and you want to ensure you are the making the decisions about your loved ones and your possessions, it’s time to make a Will.
Ontario laws do not require you to use a lawyer, but there really is no better substitute for professional legal advice such as what Girvin Devitt can provide. Girvin has the knowledge and expertise to provide you with the information you need to make the best-informed decisions for your circumstances. All discussions with your Girvin are confidential and will not be shared with anyone else. There are many things to consider when making a Will. Girvin can advise you and make clear recommendations specific to your needs and circumstances.
Every situation is different, and your Girvin can assist every step of the way, by providing easy to understand explanations and helping you navigate complex issues, such as:
Assisting single persons to make final decisions;
Assisting parents of blended families to plan appropriately in order to minimize conflict after the death of a parent;
Assisting parents to plan for the care of their child with a disability;
Assisting parents in providing a guardian for their minor children;
Assisting single parents;
Assisting clients who wish to donate to charity.
A valid Will ensures that your decisions and instructions will be carried out.
Contact us today to schedule your initial planning meeting with Girvin Devitt.