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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

I Want to Cancel my Appointment as Executor

This resource has information about what a person can do if they do not wish to act as the executor of a will. It includes a list of duties an executor might be expected to carry out and discusses who can act in place of an executor.

Available in:

English

Produced by:

North Shore Legal

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2010

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

Estate of a Deceased Indian

This article explains that the Indian Act and Indian Estates Regulations normally govern the estate of a reserve resident who has died. Sometimes, however, the estate may come under the jurisdiction of the courts.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2006

Making a Will

This self-help kit includes a glossary of legal terms and sections that talk about who can make a will, what types of wills there are, and when to use a lawyer.

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2005

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A Guide to the Substitute Decisions Act

This guide gives information to service providers on the Substitute Decisions Act (SDA). It outlines the decisions about property and finances and the decisions about personal care that come under the SDA and the rules for how people give power of attorney for these areas of decision making.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2000