Wills & Powers of Attorney

More than a document, it's a thoughtfully crafted plan

A Will is a cornerstone of Preventive Law and successful estate planning. It is no wonder people find making their Will overwhelming, but that doesn’t mean you need to be intimidated about making yours.

Wills & Powers of Attorney

Your Will is one of the most important documents you will ever create for yourself and your family. A Will is a legal tool that, upon your death, determines how your assets will be divided, who will manage your estate, and ultimately, who will receive the benefit of your estate. If you are like most people, your Will is something you have been thinking about doing for a long time. You understand that a Will is the foundation of a successful estate plan. Having your Will along with Power of Attorney documents in place helps to provide clarity when the time comes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a Power of Attorney the same thing as a “Last Will and Testament”?

No. A “Last Will and Testament” only becomes active after you die and it covers the distribution of your property upon your death. Power of Attorney only applies while you are alive and ceases to be effective upon your death.

Why should I use the services of a professional to prepare a Will?

Having a professional that is well acquainted with your situation can help ease the complex process of drafting a legally binding Will. There are many provincial laws to follow in order for your Will to pass the validity test. At Brown Lawyers we deliver services intentionally designed to improve the human experience. Preparing a Will is just one of the ways that we encourage people to best achieve their potential.

If I don’t make a Power of Attorney, will the government automatically step in if I can’t manage my own affairs?

No. In such situations, a family member has the right to apply to become your “guardian” of property and/or make decisions regarding your healthcare. The government, through the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee (OPGT), acts only in situations where it is legally required and where no other suitable person is available, able, and willing.

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