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Justice Ontario: Wills, Estates and Trusts

This section of the Ministry of the Attorney General web site has information about wills, estates, and trusts, power of attorney, help for incapable family members, and finding a lawyer.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2019

Justice Ontario

The Justice Ontario website has information on topics such as finding a lawyer, tickets and fines, lawsuits and disputes, family and criminal law, human rights, and wills and estates. A toll-free number gives access to legal information in over 170 languages.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

Preparing a will

A will lets you make decisions that will be carried out after your death. If you die without a will, the laws of your province or territory will determine what happens to your assets. This resource lists what you should keep in mind when preparing or updating your will.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2015

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Planning for illness: legal information for people living with HIV in Ontario

This guide provides general legal information about planning for illness and death for people in Ontario. Topics in the booklet include: Powers of attorney, wills, planning for your children, your home, benefits, resources, services, and more.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2012

Wills and Power of Attorney for Personal Care

In their blog presenting legal information for youth dealing with important issues, Justice for Children and Youth look at making a will, and power of attorney for personal care (POAPC).

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2012

Your Law Series: Wills and Estates

In this video, two Ontario lawyers discuss the importance of having a properly drafted will and power of attorney.

Available in:

English

Produced by:

Law Society of Ontario

Format:

Video

Produced/Updated In:

2012

A legal will is worth the time and money

This article lists nine mistakes people make when planning a will, for example, leaving it to the last minute, not regularly reviewing a will, and not anticipating the tax implications of a will.

Available in:

English

Produced by:

The Globe and Mail

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2011

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Information Required When Making a Will

This is a checklist of personal and financial information and items you should have ready for a lawyer who is preparing a draft of your will. Although prepared by legal organizations in Eastern Ontario, the information in this resource applies to all of Ontario.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2011

Wills

Written for seniors, this section of the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE) web site discusses wills and estate trustees (executors). There are also Frequently Asked Questions, links to ACE publications on topics such as holograph wills, and links to information from other organizations.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2010

If you die without a will

This article describes some of the problems that can arise when a person dies without a will.

Available in:

English

Produced by:

Rural Legal Services

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2007

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