Your Law: Wills and Estates

Planning ahead with respect to your personal affairs can save your family problems and expense.  In this video, Ontario lawyers Ian Hull and Bonnie Yagar discuss the importance of having a properly drafted will and power of attorney.

Other resources to help you

Wills and Estates
Source: Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General (Justice Ontario initiative)
This provides short answers to basic estates, wills and trusts questions, such as "How is an estate distributed?", "Why do I need a power of attorney?"

Powers of Attorney and "Living Wills": Questions and Answers
Source: Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee, Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General

Continuing Power of Attorney for Property
Source: CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario)
This pamphlet explains what a Continuing Power of Attorney for Property is, reasons to make one, and what can happen if you do not. Topics include how to make a Continuing Power of Attorney for Property, when an attorney can make decisions, the type of decisions they can make, and where to get forms, legal information, and help.

Power of Attorney for Personal Care
Source: CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario)
This pamphlet explains what a Power of Attorney for Personal Care is, reasons to make one, and what can happen if you do not. Topics include how to make a Power of Attorney for Personal Care, when an attorney can make decisions, the types of decisions they can make, and where to get forms, legal information, and help.

If You Die Without a Will
Source: CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario)
Author: Rural Legal Services
A brief article describing some of the problems that can arise when a person dies without a will.